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Arbor Day trees planted in Tumon

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - To commemorate Arbor Day in Guam, the Department of Agriculture planted two dozen native beach trees at the Governor Joseph Flores Beach Park in Tumon. 

Justin Santos is the acting chief forester, and told KUAM News, "The reason why we planted these trees is to mitigate the coconut trees that were removed due to the rhino beetles that were damaged last year we planted and this year we continue to plant more."

Arbor comes from the Latin word "tree", and according to Cruz trees and forests are an essential part of our environment. "Planting trees have so many benefits, they provide shade, conserve energy prevent soil energy they overall beautifies the area. So what we're trying to do today is promote planting trees with all this new development around we're trying to increase this green space," he said.

If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Arbor Day tree planting in Tumon, Cruz invites the community to attend any of their future events, saying, "This Saturday we' are planting along cross island road , planting with GW High School Marine Mania Group the following Saturday we're planting with the UOG Environmental Group and the following week we will be planting with the GCC Eco Warriors."

For more information call the Department of Agriculture's Forestry and Soil Resources Division at 300-7975.
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