Although the council had an Adopt-A-Tree program in the past, many of those trees have been neglected and some may need to be replaced.
The previous program began in about 2004 when Mayor Grace Andrus and her family adopted three trees in front of the OSH hardware store.
That program will continue, at no cost for adoptions, for folks who want to keep an eye on specific existing trees. The adopter is responsible for weeding and making sure the tree has water during hot, dry weather. “If the tree looks dry, give it some water, but don’t over water,” Andrus advised, adding that adopters are not allowed to trim “their” tree. They are to let the council know if the tree has been damaged in any way.
The purchase option allows residents to pay $200 for a new tree, which will be planted by County Parks and Public Works. The tree can be maintained by the adopter or the council can find a group to volunteer for maintenance.
A brass plaque will be placed near the base of each tree, indicating whether it was adopted in memory of a loved one, or to specify who made the donation. Trees will be purchased through C & Y Growers of North Hollywood which recently donated the Arbor Day London Plane tree.
A map outlining existing tree locations, where trees can be planted and options for tree varieties will be on the council’s web site in the next few weeks.
“We have a lot of empty well holes and places where trees can go in,” Pierce said. “Once we run out of available spots, we’ll look at ways to replace any trees that need to be replaced. But no healthy tree will be replaced.”
For details, visit the web site at www.crescentavalleytowncouncil.org or contact Pierce at (818) 259-5195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.