Did you know that Lodi has an urban forestry Foundation? Since its founding in 2005, Tree Lodi, Inc. has become increasingly involved in the preservation, planting and promotion of trees for the beautification of our city.
Tree Lodi’s first big project, commissioned by the Lodi City Council, was the planting of many of the 100 Centennial Cork Oak trees in 2006 – the first in front of Carnegie Hall and the last at Hutchins St. Square.
“Almost every park in Lodi has benefited from the efforts of Tree Lodi,” said Steve Dutra, director of Parks and Recreation.
Tree Lodi has just completed a survey of all 100 trees, replacing, pruning and staking where necessary in preparation for turning over their future care to the city.
Joyce Harmon, founder, feels Lodi is fortunate to have this strong organization. And although, the group is small, it consists of arborists, horticulturises, a nursery owner, teachers and enthusiastic citizens.
According to President Gordon Schmierer, the Lodi City Council has been especially supportive and has recently commissioned Tree Lodi’s next big project — partnering with the city in establishing the new DeBenedetti Park on Lower Sacramento Road at Century Boulevard. The group will be planting 200 trees with the help of 400 volunteers who are already signing up.
Tree Lodi is affiliated with the Lodi Community Foundation through an endowment that benefits Lodi’s trees. And, the group participates in Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations at schools and parks. These events include tree plantings where the group focuses on educating students about trees by having them assist.
Tree Lodi has a memorial tree program and that memorial trees and gardens have been planted at Lodi Lake and Vinewood Park. The group also contributed to the renovation of the Sunshine Trail at Micke Grove and the reforestation of the Nature Area at Lodi Lake.
Tree Lodi has planted 30 free front yard trees for homeowners. Members also participated in two events at Hutchins St. Square sponsored by Lodi Electric Utility, where homeowners were assisted in planting some of the 60 trees donated by the city. The group's aim is to keep adding to Lodi’s tree canopy with each event.
There has also been a row of trees planted at Lawrence Park to replace trees that will be removed when Lockeford St. is widened.
Does Tree Lodi have a project that interests you? Would you participate with your neighbors in a plan to remove mistletoe?
For more information on Tree Lodi’s activities, volunteer opportunities and future plans, visit the website at www.treelodi.org. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at the Parks and Recreation Annex, 111 N. Stockton St. For details, call 368-9013 or 334-6668.
Remember, volunteering is in and Lodi’s trees are yours to enjoy.