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Tu B'Shevat Was a Success!

03/01/2023 10:09:55 AM

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Linda Leeb, Social Action Committee Chair

In early February, the Social Action Committee worked on organizing two amazing events to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, and a day when Jews around the world celebrate the miracles of the Earth we’re surrounded by every day. We’re thrilled to say that our volunteers showed up in force, despite the rainy and drab weather.

Our tree planting team, led by CityTrees, planted over 30 trees in Redwood City along Adams Street and Woodrow Street near Roosevelt Ave.  These trees will help to clean the air while providing shade and beauty for decades to come. As Tu B’Shevat is the birthday of the trees, what better way to celebrate than to plant some brand-new ones?

Meanwhile, our team at Stulsaft Park was led by naturalists from Grassroots Ecology in planting native seedlings and pulling invasive species. The US Department of Agriculture defines an invasive species as, “A non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and, whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” In protecting our environment, CBJ volunteers were able to remove species that were invading the area, draining resources from the plants and animals that need them. Re-planting native species helps keep the ecosystem healthy, and that’s what Tu B’Shevat is all about.

Laurel Wee from Grassroots Ecology, who facilitated the Invasive Species removal, wrote, "I was really impressed by how many people came out in the rain and were enthusiastic about helping however possible from the restoration to carrying supplies to cleaning the planting tools."

The committee would like to give thanks to all of the volunteers who showed up despite the rainy weather, along with CityTrees and Grassroots Ecology, the organizations who facilitated these events, all at no-cost to CBJ.

We were asked to spread the word about upcoming volunteer events with Grassroots Ecology, and if there are any questions related to habitat restoration at Stulsaft, they can be directed to Laurel at laurel@grassrootsecology.org.

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