DOWNEY - Amigos de los Rios, a non-profit that works to create sustainable open spaces in Southern California, will partner with the city of Downey on a tree-planting project at three local parks, Downey officials announced Wednesday.The project is part of Amigos de los Rios' larger Emerald Necklace Greening Project, which is intended to enhance open space opportunities in the Gateway Cities area. Native trees and shrubs will be planted at Rio San Gabriel, Treasure Island and Wilderness parks. Caltrans is funding the project as it is expected to improve the environment adjacent to freeways and bridges. "We are pleased to partner with local nonprofits on projects like these which make immediate improvements in our local parks and make a difference in the quality of life for our residents," said Mayor Luis Marquez. Amigos de los Rio is working to improve the 68-mile river trail and park network connecting new and existing parks in communities throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Gateway cities. "Knowing the many benefits trees provide, including air quality improvement, storm water management, habitat and aesthetic enjoyment, we are delighted to be able to increase the tree canopy in our region with the help of this Caltrans grant," said Claire Robinson, president and managing director of Amigos de los Rios.
********** Published: April 14, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 52