We salute the San Bernardino County Master Gardeners and other organizations pushing for more trees in North Redlands. Residents can get one or two trees to plant appropriate for the city’s climate.
The timing is perfect. It’s springtime. Earth Day is 20 days away. Arbor Day, founded in 1872, is eight days later, on April 30. The Arbor Day Foundation, which was founded in 1972 on the 100th anniversary of the first Arbor Day, leads a campaign to plant 10 million trees a year.
Redlands has been recognized by the foundation as a Tree City USA for 23 years, but the tradition of trees goes back to the city’s roots. In 1881, when Redlands co-founders Edward G. Judson and Frank E. Brown were planning the city’s design, they wanted to create a “New England feel” with an abundance of trees, according to Redlands historian Tom Atchley.
With more than 3,000 trees, the University of Redlands has been named a Tree Campus USA every year for more than a decade.
Of course, the university is in North Redlands. However, Janet Hartin, an environmental horticulturist with the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, studied urban forests throughout the state and found the rest of the north side is lacking.
Shelli Stockton, director of alumni and community relations at the University of Redlands, reached out to Hartin when the school was applying to join California’s new Climate Action Corps.
In addition to the master gardeners and Climate Corps, other partners include the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District and Redlands’ Common Vision Coalition.
“This project is the essence of a new tomorrow,” Hartin told Redlands Community News reporter Dina Colunga. “Trees bring a higher quality of life and have been found to promote mental and emotional health. California has the lowest urban tree canopy in the nation, which is crazy.”
Colunga has more tree news in this week’s edition: The Redlands Street Tree Committee honored dermatologist Ingrid Trenkle for her loving care of two coast live oak trees in front of her business on Olive Avenue.
Also, in our March 12 edition Joan McCall, one of the contributors to our Redlands Treasure feature, reported that Larry Jacinto — a Redlands native and successful contractor — has been growing oak trees from acorns he picked up at the U of R, Sylvan Park and other parts of town. Some will become part of the landscape at the Museum of Redlands. Another 50 or so will decorate Disneyland.
The Magic Kingdom in Anaheim may be the happiest place on Earth, but Redlands isn’t far behind. Trees help.