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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tree-planting program seeking new source of funding

A program that has helped plant more than 36,000 trees in San Diego County yards is about to run out of green.

The Cool Communities Shade Tree Program, set up in 2002 to help county homeowners conserve energy, will wither if a new funding source is not found by the end of the year.

People who have watched the free trees grow in their yards hope it continues.

“It's a great program,” said Brian Jordan, who has received about 10 trees for his Carlsbad property since 2003. “We live in a concrete jungle. A lot of neighborhoods around San Diego County could use trees, just for aesthetic appeal.”

The trees also have been distributed to apartment buildings, public agencies, nonprofit agencies, and elementary, middle and high schools.

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The painting is by Laura Tasheiko

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