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Groups Partner to Plant 80 Trees at the Veterans Memorial Walk

Fifty Target employees from Santa Barbara and Ventura area stores will join the Arbor Day Foundation, Your Children’s Trees, and Elings Park Foundation to plant 80 trees at Elings Park Veterans Memorial Walk in Santa Barbara, 9 a.m.-noon Friday, May 17.

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, Target will lead eight tree-planting events across the country, focusing on creating and enhancing green spaces within neighborhoods as Target believes in engaging its team members to create spaces that meet communities’ expectations.

The volunteers will plant hundreds of trees in cities to help provide shade, clean air, and a stronger sense of community for years to come.

Elings Park was selected as Santa Barbara’s location. The community park consists of 230 acres in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

“It’s hard to believe that, until recently, 90 acres of this stunning location was the Santa Barbara town dump,” said Dean Noble, executive director of the Elings Park Foundation.

“During the recent California drought, the park lost a lot of greenery on our scenic Veteran’s Memorial Walk,” Noble said. “Your Children’s Trees had a vision to create an arbor along the walk’s main pathway using native coastal live oaks.

“We are indebted to the Arbor Day Foundation and Santa Barbara’s Target store for making this generous vision a reality.”

“We appreciate Target’s long-term commitment to our community,” said Ken Knight, president of Your Children’s Trees, a local nonprofit urban forestry organization. “They are helping us honor our veterans with trees that will be here for generations.”

The Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, has become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and partners.

Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger. More information is available at arborday.org.

Elings Park is a nonprofit park founded in 1985. It is America’s largest, nonprofit community-created park. Elings Park was not established by governmental agencies and is privately administered. For more information, visit www.elingspark.org.

Your Children’s Trees is an urban forestry nonprofit organization serving Santa Barbara County. It has a formal link with Your Children’s Trees at UCSB, a student-led tree restoration organization serving the UCSB campus, as well as educational outreach about the benefits of trees in local schools.

For more information, visit www.yourchildrenstrees.org/.

— Dean Noble for Elings Park Foundation.

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