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Heritage Grove Dedication

On Arbor Day, April 27th, an enthusiastic audience participated in the dedication of a large grove of magnificent oak trees in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  Cub Scout Pack 282, Boy Scout Troop 262, and Daisy Troop #61229 from Los Alamitos, began the program with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tom Morse, President of TJ Martin Neighborhood Association and Linda Wilson, MFPA President, introduced the first speaker, Councilmember Nancy Pyle.  Both thanked her for her unwavering support.   In reply, she in turn thanked the TJ Martin Neighborhood Association, who addressed neighborhood issues of soccer, traffic, and crime in the area and MFPA for their work in saving the trees in the parks and enhanced unsightly areas.  At the same time Councilmember Pyle also announced a grant for $2000 from her office for the non-profit MFPA.

City Arborist Ralph Mize described why these trees qualified for a designation as Heritage Trees and explained that Heritage Trees enjoy a protected status in the City of San Jose.

James Reber from the San Jose Parks Foundation described the unique relationship Martin-Fontana Parks Association has with them.  Working with the San Jose Parks Foundation has made it possible for MFPA to receive restricted grants from donors.  The foundation works with a wide range of park related nonprofits and associations throughout San Jose.

MFPA especially thanks Association members Vince Piazzisi and Joy Stevens who worked relentlessly for over a year to achieve the Heritage designation from the City.  We also thank all of our park partner organizations and our volunteers who work so hard to plant and water the trees and shrubs in MFPA projects, and tirelessly spread endless mountains of mulch to reduce the need for defoliant sprays for weed control.

Be sure to take the time to pause under the shade of those magnificent Oaks and read the writing on the plaque.

Braving the Monsoon!

March 31 Tree Planting at TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks

Our City Forest volunteers and Tree Amigos joined with volunteers from MFPA last Saturday, digging 16 holes with pick and shovel, and planting 16 young trees.

The Daisy Brownie troop from Los Alamitos, their parents, and siblings also had their own little project.  With supervision from a trusty OCF Tree Amigo, they dug their hole, and planted what will someday become a majestic Coast Live Oak.  To celebrate the Girl Scouts 100th birthday this year, they adopted the tree and will participate in its care.

We want to thank Theresa Wellman, Johnny Khamis, Sunny and Pat Wagstaff, Larry Sasscer, Pat Pizzo, Vince Piazzisi, Dave Poeschel, Bob and Marge Heldt (our photographer), Mike Kalashian, Gail Hospidor, and Gary Wilson for braving the storm. We really appreciate your support.

The Daisy Brownie troop from Los Alamitos

These three little elves popped up in the woods to help us

MFPA has contracted with Our City Forest to plant and water these trees for a period of three years, until they have become established enough to survive on their own.

A big” THANK YOU” to all our volunteers who braved pouring rain, cold temperatures, and a monsoon-like 35 mile an hour wind to finish this project within two hours!

Digging in the rain

NEXT TREE PLANTING:  Saturday, April 21 @ 9 am – meet in Jeffrey Fontana Park at the corner of Meridian and Oakglen Way.

Thanks to Margie Heldt for the great photos.