-- On Saturday morning at 5 AM sharp Tree Fresno volunteers accomplish
ed one of the greatest public services in the history
of the nation. It planted a forest.
early morning activity is credited for planting the largest urban
forest in the Nation's history. Joseph Lemon, Captain of tree
planting volunteers told reporters, it was accomplished by 3,000
highly motivated volunteers who planted more than 5,000 large
redwood, pine, and broad leaf trees between Dakota and Alluvial
in Clovis and along Copper ave. from Minnewawa to Fresno St. along
the Cross-Town Trail.
The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were
there, too. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were
there, in force. Students from Clovis High School, Clovis West,
California State University, Fresno joined in on the forest plantation,
as well. Work was concluded at 12:00 noon sharp.
The result of this early morning
event is the largest urban forest in the Nation. West Coast
Arborists provided trees.
Clovis Old Town Trail and tree planting project were made
possible through sale of theSouthern
Pacific tracks in the "rails to trails" project and the efforts
of Community Trails, the Clovis Parks Dept. and a host
of Reedley volunteers in the the massive show of civic support
that made the forest trail a reality. The cities of Clovis and
Fresno purchased the portion of the old Southern Pacific tracks
for the community trail [$3.5 million] in 1997.