Students combat ABQ tree loss

Created: 04/25/2014 9:01 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's Arbor Day in America, a day set aside to take care of Mother Earth by planting trees, which is important now more than ever here in Albuquerque.

According to a 2012 study by the US Forest Service, the Duke City has lost almost three percent of its trees in a three year span. That's the third highest out of 20 cities in the study, behind New Orleans and Houston.

One reason is year after year of relentless drought and the other is forgetting to water the trees.

"We're doing the right thing in reducing water use but that's the wrong thing by the trees. Trees need water," said Parks & Rec City Forester Joran Viers.

For that reason, the Parks and Rec Department here in Albuquerque is not only teaching students, but the public, about proper education and how to take care of trees.

More than 100 students from McCollum Elementary went to Jeanne Bellamah Park to do their part and plant trees.

"I love trees. They grow and they're so pretty and then they also have shade. I just feel so good being under a tree," said McCollum Elementary School Marissa Ramirez. The kids will also plant Piñon pines in their backyard and give trees what they need to provide us with what we need.

The City of Albuquerque's Parks and Rec Department will also be giving away 1,500 seedlings to residents for planting tomorrow. To find where you can get them, click on the link.

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