California Clean Air Day

Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) is a participant of the third annual California Clean Air Day, on October 7, 2020. 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.

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation was one of nine local nonprofits to receive a “microgrant” from the Coalition for Clean Air to use toward our project: 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; we are also grateful to San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman and his staff for partnering with the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation on our Clean Air Day Program. The videos were produced by the MTRP Foundation with camera and editing by Darren Kawasaki.

Our goal is to have 40 trees planted as a result of this Clean Air Day project. If you plant a tree, please share a selfie with the tree and either submit the photo to mtrp@mtrp.org or post your selfie on social media using the hashtag #trees4sd.

Please join us in taking the Clean Air Pledge!

Make your pledge as part of the MTRP community


Resources

Articles and Reports

Trees, Tree Selection and Nurseries

Tree Groups and Additional Resources