Downtown Fallbrook trees can be 'adopted,' 'readopted'


Last updated 1/18/2007 at Noon

FALLBROOK — The Fallbrook Save our Forest organization (SOF) and its parent organization, the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC), have had a tree adoption program in place downtown for many years. Interested residents have generously donated funds toward having a tree and plaque dedicated in their name. Then the SOF Treescape Project special fund covers expenses such as pruning, fertilizing, insect control and watering. When the initial adoption period of five years expires, the trees become eligible for “readoption.”

Donors are encouraged to take the opportunity to readopt downtown trees. Recently, Helene Ross did just that when she made a generous donation to readopt one tree and dedicate a new one in memory of her late husband Bill. This couldn’t be more fitting because Bill championed Fallbrook’s original Treescape Project and helped interface with county officials. He saw the project as a tool for the Fallbrook Revitalization concept, which began in the early 1990s. A survey with that goal in mind showed that having more trees was among the top five improvements that would enhance the streets of Fallbrook, improving the economic stability of the community.

Anne Richter, a SOF volunteer, coordinates the tree adoption and readoption program. Area residents are encouraged to call her to participate in the program. Richter is quick to add that volunteers are also needed to maintain trees in the downtown area. She can be contacted through the Land Conservancy office at (760) 728-0889.


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