RICHMOND -- The city's yearlong quest to broaden its urban canopy is set to take a big step Friday.
Nonprofit groups and Northern California nurseries will give away 1,000 trees to residents Friday at the city's Civic Center Farmers' Market. Thousands of seed packets will also be given away.
Friday's giveaway is made possible by the nonprofit group Self Sustaining Communities and Burchell Nursery in Oakdale, which donated the trees, said Adam Lenz, the city's sustainability coordinator. Compost pails and reusable bags will also be given away thanks to grants from RecycleMore, Lenz said.
The giveaway begins at noon, and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, a registered Green Party member, will give a short speech. The Farmers' Market is on the Barrett Avenue side of the Richmond Civic Center.
More than 3,200 free trees have been given away and planted in the city since the city partnered with local nonprofits and nurseries to increase urban vegetation last Spring, Lenz said.