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More Trees Planted in Perris on Arbor Day

KB Homes manager Scott Hansen addresses the crowd during the Arbor Day ceremony while City Manager Richard Belmudez looks on.
KB Homes manager Scott Hansen addresses the crowd during the Arbor Day ceremony while City Manager Richard Belmudez looks on.

The City of Perris takes Arbor Day seriously.

A ceremony held recently to commemorate the annual day to plant trees and think green took place at the City Hall campus. Elected officials and City employees helped plant an olive tree and learn the proper care and maintenance of trees.

The City received a state grant to plant up to 600 trees throughout Perris. Although the economy forced a reduction in available funds, Perris officials worked out an arrangement with homebuilder KB Homes Broad, who donated 16 trees and hundreds of rose bushes and shrubs which now adorn the D Street campus.

City Manager Richard Belmudez and City Councilwoman Joanne Evans helped plant the last olive tree.

“Arbor Day is the time not only to look at and appreciate trees but to plant a tree,” said City Associate Planner Diane Sbardellati, who worked with the developer to obtain the trees
and other plants. “I love being outside and getting my hands dirty.
To add to the City’s existing tree stock is one thing I love.”

City officials, including (left to right) Councilwoman Joanne Evans, Public Safety Commissioner Shawn Haughney and City Manager Richard Belmudez help plant an olive tree on the City Campus
City officials, including (left to right) Councilwoman Joanne Evans, Public Safety Commissioner Shawn Haughney and City Manager Richard Belmudez
help plant an olive tree on the City Campus.

Sbardellati said the City did plant 100 trees as part of the California grant. Hopefully, when the economy picks up, many more also will be planted.

Belmudez said the gift from KB Homes presented a “great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our campus.”

“We will get to enjoy these trees for many, many years,” he said.

With proper care and nourishment, the trees could last for centuries. Olive trees have been known to live up to 3,000 years.

KB Homes manager Scott Hansen said the developer was pleased to help the City go greener.

“These trees will make this campus look even more beautiful than it already does,” Hansen said.

 

See a Short Video About the Arbor Day Celebration