California Clean Air Day

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is a participant of the fourth annual California Clean Air Day, on October 6, 2021. Organizations across the State — including many in San Diego County — have created projects and events to mark the occasion and encourage their communities to take action to improve air quality.

Last year, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation received a “microgrant” from the Coalition for Clean Air to produce a video about some of the native trees of MTRP and another about how to properly plant trees. The videos’ host is MTRP Ranger Heidi Gutknecht, who shares characteristics about the trees, which can be grown at home, and demonstrate how trees should be planted and maintained. And, of course, Ranger Heidi discusses how crucially important trees are in improving air quality.

Watch Native Trees of Mission Trails Regional Park

Native Trees of Mission Trails Regional Park

Watch Planting a Tree with Ranger Heidi

Planting a Tree with Ranger Heidi

After watching the videos and exploring the below resources, our hope is that you will be inspired to plant trees, whether native, ornamental, or fruit trees. Many thanks to the Coalition for Clean Air and SDG&E for underwriting the production of the videos, which were produced by the MTRP Foundation with camera and editing by Darren Kawasaki.

As it turns out, SDG&E is offering free trees to San Diego County residents, and we encourage you to review the trees available.

SDG&E Tree Program

If you can’t plant a tree, you can still participate in California Clean Air Day by taking the Clean Air Pledge! There’s a pledge for both children and adults, so even the little ones can help take steps to clean our air.

Clean Air Pledge for Adults Clean Air Pledge for Kids


Resources

Articles and Reports

Trees, Tree Selection and Nurseries

Tree Groups and Additional Resources