City of Santee celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day at its ninth annual Santree Fest

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A village can raise a forest.

“It started out as three Cub Scouts and a shovel “said Jim Henderson, with tongue-in-check panache. Henderson is with the Box Canyon Band, who performed at the 9th Annual Santree Fest on Saturday, part Arbor Day tied in with Earth Day.

A village can raise a forest.

“It started out as three Cub Scouts and a shovel “said Jim Henderson, with tongue-in-check panache. Henderson is with the Box Canyon Band, who performed at the 9th Annual Santree Fest on Saturday, part Arbor Day tied in with Earth Day.

Local residents and San Diego County Urban Corps planted 35 trees.
“Half were donated by SDG&E. and half were bought,” said Bob Stein, City of Santee public services manager.
Nearly 500 people showed up to plant the trees along the Woodglen Vista Creek and San Diego River and also planted scrubs, made interpretive signs, and participated in the many events.

A tie in with the National Dance Week had various youth dance troupes hitting the stage at the Town Center Community Park East site. Clairemont’s Creative Performing Media Arts School Coordinator, Sara Dickman said that Santree Fest was “a great community event in that it is a combination of events like the tree planting, booths, and entertainment.”

Planting included sycamores and camphor trees.

“The San Diego River Park Foundation also conducted tours along the River,” he said.
Box Canyon Band member, Jim Henderson, said they played “‘Lonesome Pine’ as one song on their playlist. All irony intended.”

Attendees got a chance to stop at planting stations, visit booths like Gloria’s Rasta Shack or buy toy marshmallow shooters from Dale Reich, finger paint trees, or eat at a food truck.

Signs posted along the way gave reminders of what the event is all about—trees with talking points reinforcing their benefit to the environment. Cool off local climates, provide shade, reduce storm water run-off and erosion and improve air quality.

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