Bixby Knolls schools to participate in Great Clean Air Tree Planting

Hughes Middle and Longfellow Elementary schools in Bixby Knolls invite the public to “make a difference and plant a tree” Saturday as part of the Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project. The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3800 block of California Avenue in Long Beach, in between the two schools.
To help improve the community’s air quality, which was ranked among the worst in the nation, parents at Hughes Middle school and Longfellow Elementary school applied for and received a grant from United Voices for Healthier Communities (UVFHC). Now 56 trees will be planted as part of the Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project, an initiative of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Saturday will be the largest single-day urban tree planting effort in the history of the South Coast Air Basin. Overall, more than 6,514 trees will be planted on that day.
As the trees grow, they are expected to remove approximately 1,368 tons of carbon dioxide and 39,344 pounds of pollutants every year.
Volunteers are asked to contact Lisa Nelson by sending e-mail to to sign up.
For further information about the tree planting event, call (562) 427-8529.

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