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NEWPORT BEACH : Volunteers Sought to Plant 300 Trees

People interested in helping the environment are being sought to plant 300 trees as part of the state’s new California Wildlife Campaign.

Nancy Bruland, Upper Newport Bay Regional Park ranger, said volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and shovels for the June 2 planting beginning at 10 a.m. Mexican food will be provided by Sergio Avila, owner of El Ranchito restaurant, who has also pledged $5 for every tree planted.

Pampas trees, which were planted to stabilize the bluff areas but provide no habitat value, are being removed by state and county parks crews. They will be replaced by native trees, including sycamore and willow, that provide local birds with more shade, cover and seeds for food, Bruland said.

For information, contact Nancy Bruland or John Scholl, county park ranger, at (714) 640-6746.

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