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October 24, 2011

Watsonville, CA – Visitors to the recent Santa Cruz County Fair may have seen a row of thirty tall trees sitting in their 24 inch boxes near the Harvest Building. On a recent Saturday some of these beautiful Sycamores were planted along the northern edge of the Fairgrounds where they will grow into a buffer to help further shield neighbors from activities held at the busy Fairgrounds.

The remaining trees will be planted along a small seasonal creek that runs through the grounds. A group including local grower Dave Cavanaugh provided manpower along with the expertise to make sure the trees will flourish. Cavanaugh had a chance to speak with some of the neighbors living near where the trees were being planted. They commented on how the ongoing changes at the Fairgrounds had positively affected their lives. “It’s the difference between night and day, even though there are still some areas that need improvement” they told him.

Increasing the number of trees in Santa Cruz County is an important goal of Fourth District Supervisor Greg Caput. Upon learning about the tree planting project at the Fairgrounds he observed “Trees can serve several functions, not least of which is noise buffering. Planting trees also helps with sediment from storm water runoff and in turn helps keep our waters clean. In addition, these trees will add beauty to the surrounding area and potentially add value to all those adjacent. I commend those involved in looking for a win-win solution like planting trees to help resolve neighborhood tensions.”

The Fairgrounds is home to the Santa Cruz County Fair which celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth. The annual Fair is held the second week of September at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville. Information on the Fair, and the Fairgrounds - a year round entertainment and event venue, can be found at

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