City celebrates Arbor Day with video featuring Piedmonters talking and chalking about trees

Will, Finn and Max Brumfiel tell why they love this Coast Live Oak (quercus agrifolia), which they've dubbed "the climbing tree"

Heritage trees, chalk art and Piedmont’s unique urban forest

Friday, April 30 is the day to honor trees everywhere. Piedmont’s Arbor Day video, produced by the city and narrated by Patty Dunlap, features cameos of civic luminaries Cameron Wolfe, Sue Herrick, Jim Horner, Gail Lombardi, Bob McBain, Betsy Goodman, Valerie Matzger and more. Tree lovers from around town extol the virtues of the city’s trees such as the Coast Redwood, Eastern Redbud, and Poplar and others. Piedmont resident and forest expert Zack Parisa [learn MORE] talks about the importance of the community’s role in preserving the urban forest all around us.

Forest expert Zack Parisa is founder of Silva Terra, an organization dedicated to measuring, protecting and managing forests [learn MORE].
The Heritage Tree winners

The winning trees announced at this month’s Park Commission meeting are:

  • Bay Laurel in Blair park nominated by Marj Blackwell, the Van Slyke Family and Piedmont Connect
  • Redwood Grove at Linda Beach Field nominated by father and daughter, Sophia and John Ware; and Betsy Goodman
  • Birch Trees in Hall Fenway nominated by Alicia and Peter Fishel
  • Big Leaf Maple in Dracena Park nominated by Lyle Gordon
  • Yulan Magnolia at Community Hall nominated by former Public Works supervisor, Dave Frankel

The city will also be planting three Yulan Magnolias in memory of Ralston Louie.

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