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Celebration of Trees to feature free trees for residents

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) will be hosting a Celebration of Trees (Spring Open House) for the community on Saturday May 15, at the Palomares House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The highlight of the celebration will be the FLC’s Save Our Forest committee (SOF) tree give-away, in which a wide variety of trees will be given to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The trees are surplus trees that have been raised or acquired by Save Our Forest,” explained Jackie Heyneman, chair of SOF. “We want to find good homes for them in the community, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the Fallbrook Land Conservancy and its preserves.”

Heyneman explained, “Providing beauty to your home is one of the benefits of planting trees. Placement of trees in the proper location in relation to the west or south facing wall can help to conserve energy, reducing your energy bill by as much as 20%. Trees produce a healthier environment by cleaning the air of carbon dioxide and pollutants. If strategically placed, they can also deflect or reduce wind speed, prevent erosion, reduce storm runoff, and provide wildlife habitat.” Brochures with information on placing trees to the best advantage will be available.

“We hope residents will take advantage of this opportunity to get a free tree that will do all of the above for their home and the community,” said FLC executive director Mike Peters. “A small donation to cover the cost of caring for the trees would also be gratefully accepted.”

The FLC, a private nonprofit organization, owns and manages 1848 acres of permanently protected open space in the area, manages more than 30 miles of trails, and has planted thousands of trees in the community. For more information on this event or the FLC in general, call (760) 728-0889 or visit http://www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org. The Palomares House is located at 1815 S. Stagecoach Lane, Fallbrook.

Brochures with information on placing trees to your best advantage will be available.

The open house will also feature exhibits describing the restoration work by SOF, the Native Plant team and the Land Management team, trail maintenance on the Santa Margarita River by the Trails Council, and acquisition efforts of the FLC. Refreshments will be served. “We hope you will like what you learn and join the FLC,” said FLC Executive Director Mike Peters.

 

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