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Irvine Ranch Water District Urban Forest Established in 1990

It’s not uncommon to observe Earth Day with a tree planting, but in 1990, Irvine Ranch Water District took that observation to a new level by creating an urban forest with about 150 trees.

“We wanted to include a wide variety of trees,” said IRWD Board President Mary Aileen Matheis. “Many are native species.”

The first Earth Day was observed in 1970 and 20 years later, IRWD employees came out to plant trees to commemorate Earth Day’s 20th anniversary. This special “Earth Day 1990” event was IRWD’s participation in Global ReLeaf, a nationwide environmental effort designed to encourage the planting of millions of trees throughout the U.S.

“Tree Hill,” as the urban forest is sometimes best known, sits above Riparian View Road adjacent the San Joaquin Marsh and includes the first trails that were eventually incorporated into the Marsh’s current 12-mile trail network.

There are acacias, sycamores, oaks, alders, redwoods, crepe myrtles, Tecate cypresses, poplars, cottonwoods and several species of pines. The trees were planted on several Saturdays by IRWD employees and their families. There are also blueberry and boysenberry patches that attract berry pickers in the late spring and early summer.

The urban forest is one of many peaceful locations in the Marsh. Enjoy views of the San Diego Creek, the Marsh and golf course, while relaxing on a bench.

For more information about IRWD environmental programs, please visit our website.

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