[Source: Deborah Stocks, ABC15] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon rolled up his sleeves Saturday to help fend off the effects of global warming. The mayor joined volunteers who were planting 40 trees in downtown Phoenix to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Valley Forward Association, an organization that promotes efforts to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities.
The group of 120 volunteers planted Chinese Evergreen Elms in the downtown Roosevelt District near 5th and Roosevelt street. The trees were donated by Salt River Project and Enterprise Rent-a-car will need little water. This is the second round of planting. More than 120 new trees have been planted through the Mayor’s downtown tree planting initiative.
Gordon planted and staked the first tree Saturday. Volunteers participated from ASU, Valley Forward, SRP, Girl Scout troop 436, and many neighbors. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]