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Burbank Celebrates 40th Year as a Tree City USA

For the 40th consecutive year, Burbank has been named a Tree City USA city joining Sacramento as the only other Tree City USA in California.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The National Arbor Day Foundation gives this national honor out in recognition to Burbank’s commitment to its community forest. Larinda Pontes, Deputy Forester, L.A. County Fire Forestry Division made the presentation to Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and Burbank Park & Recreation Director Judie Wilke during Arbor Day festivities held inside McCambridge Park’s Gym due to outside drizzle.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After the presentations, the group went outside where, for the 62nd year, a tree ceremonial tree was planted in McCambridge Park.

The Civic Pride Committee has  now headed up the project for the past 20 years,

Plant-a-Tree program Keeping Burbank a Greener Place to live for 57 Years

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes is joined by Robert Vincent Civic Pride Committee Chairman and others during this years 57th Plant A Tree Ceremonies at Brace Park. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Civic Pride Committee marked the 57th celebration of the Plant-a-Tree project in Burbank with the annual Donor Awards Ceremony Thursday at Brace Canyon Park.

Community members who had made donations in honor of relatives and friends or in memory of those who had passed away received certificates in appreciation for their contributions. Donations are collected each March, which is Arbor Month.

In addition, Burbank has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 35th consecutive year, officials said. Burbank and the city of San Francisco are the only two cities in the state to have been recognized since the program’s inception.

Robert Vincent, chairman of the Civic Pride Committee, welcomed Mayor Jess Talamantes and more than 25 guests, Park, Recreation and Community Services and Forestry Services employees.

Forestry Crew members Felipe Orozco and Ken Scarone put the finishing touches on the planting at Brace Park. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Talamantes gave a brief history of the program, which was started by the Women’s Council of Burbank who continued the program for 40 years. Civic Pride took the baton in 1996 and has continued the program for 17 years.

“This is a great way to bring people together in memory of our loved ones who have passed away,” he said. “I want to thank the Civic Pride Committee. We appreciate them doing this project and other things for the community.”

Funds donated to the Civic Pride program will go to finance the purchase and planting of trees in Brace Canyon Park, said Janice Bartolo, deputy director of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The reforestation at Brace is necessary due to the loss of trees that have reached their life expectancy, she said.

Gino Gaudio sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and a medley from “The Sound of Music,” which was a moving accompaniment for the hillside setting.