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Valley College Plants New Trees Alongside Burbank Boulevard

Valley College invites its community to plant 30 new trees throughout campus.

By Romeo Gonzalez | Sports Editor
On October 3, 2012

Living up to its Tree Campus USA designation, Valley College will be host to a tree-planting event involv- ing adding 30 new trees on campus.

The Oct. 15 event, in the area between the Art and Theater Arts buildings, welcomes students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members to participate in the 4 p.m. planting.

Among the organizations attend- ing the event will be the Association for the Advancement in Higher Education, Arbor Day Foundation, Toyota of North Hollywood and various other community leaders, according to Valley President Sue Carleo.

The new trees to be planted throughout the school will also serve students taking biology classes. According to Carleo, the biology faculty is working on bringing back a tree walk-a guided tour in which specific trees will be identified on a map giving information about them.

"We want to continue what the founding biology faculty started when they planted different species of trees," Carleo said. "We want to use it as an educational environment for students who are studying botany."

A year and a half ago, the trees on Burbank Boulevard between Coldwater Canyon and Ethel avenues were removed after a windstorm due to their condition.

"The trees were quite old, and large limbs were falling down," Carleo said. "We were afraid that people or cars could get crushed."

The Arbor Day Tree Planting project includes the removal of stumps left behind by the old trees, installation of a new irrigation system and planting of new trees in the area.

The construction is scheduled to last 45 days between Sept. 14 to Oct. 18, according to Max Mariscal of Yang Management, the company in charge of the project.

"We don't anticipate a lot of congestion," Mariscal said about the impact of the project on student parking. "The area where the contractor is working has enough space where they don't have to go on the street."

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota of North America named Valley a Tree Campus USA school last year, making it one of five campuses in California to be given this honor.

"We are officially designated as Tree Campus USA," said Carleo. "We are the only community college in California ... to have this designation."

Tree Campus USA gives recognition to college campuses throughout the country that develop a relationship with their surrounding neighbors and help maintain healthy urban forest trees, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.

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