Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst, with some assistance from employees of ACRT, Inc., planted four fruit trees and four shade trees at the club April 4.
Also assisting the children were Bob Macaulay, president of the club’s board of directors, and Jennifer Simmons, club director.
The tree planting was a joint effort between volunteers with Pacific Gas & Electric, Vegetation Management (ACRT Inc.), and the Arbor Day Foundation.
ACRT Inc. is an employee-owned business contracted by PG&E to provide technical inspections, pre-planning, consulting, and training related to vegetation management and the environment. ACRT, known internationally as a leader in its field, has completed numerous major beautification projects nationwide, in Canada, and other foreign countries for utility companies, municipalities, government agencies, and other organizations.
ACRT provides trees and shrubs to many organizations including schools, businesses, parks, and recreation facilities.
“The tree planting event at the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst educates the children and others in the community about the importance of beautifying a community and by promoting planting the ‘Right Tree in the Right Place’ away from the power lines,” said Kate Saubolle, estimating arborist with ACRT. “We also educate the children with safety awareness, how we can decrease fire hazards, and be good citizens by helping to keep the environment green.”
Saubolle has been with ACRT for 12 years and this is her tenth year assisting with the Earth Day/Abor Day event.
“The four fruit trees will be a nice addition to the gardening program at the club, and the four shade trees will provide years of shade, beautiful color, and memories that hopefully the kids will take with them and stay involved with their community as they grow along with the trees,” Saubolle said.
Each student received educational brochures about the variety of trees and how to plant them.
“The Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst feels very fortunate to be awarded this opportunity from PG&E and ACRT,” Simmons said. “Our members had a great time learning about the trees, planting them and are excited to see the trees eventually bear fruit.”