Although many of these trees located here are adopted, not all Memory Row trees on the northern border of El Segundo have guardians to love and care for them. TREE MUSKETEERS and volunteers maintain the orphan trees that require hand-watering, grass and weeds cleared from their basins, mulch, pruning, and treatment for infestations or disease.
These trees beautify West Grand Avenue connecting the City of El Segundo to its beach. The trees were planted in January 2000 by hundreds of volunteers in celebration of the new millennium. There is no end in sight for the intensive care these tree require due to the inhospitable coastal and industrial environment.
Trees to the Sea
It took 17 years and three generations of TREE MUSKETEERS youth leaders to get permission to plant trees on the barren median of Imperial Highway between El Segundo and LAX. Thousands of volunteers and local sponsorships concluded five years of Arbor Day plantings in 2008 when the last of the 520 trees were planted. Sponsorships provided three years of TLC for the trees, but responsibility for them is ongoing. The earlier trees now need new champions to continue all of the good work that the trees perform. In addition to the airplane and vehicular pollution they must contend with, Trees to the Sea trees face torment by gophers and automobile collisions.
Hometown Forest Trees
In partnership with the City of El Segundo, TREE MUSKETEERS set out to plant trees and engage residents in neighborhoods throughout the city. Trees were planted in city parkways and easements in 2009 and 2010. Homeowners received free trees and agreed to care for the trees while they are establishing themselves in their new home.
Each year Youth Managers plan a massive tree planting project in our Hometown of El Segundo. The most recent planting added 141 new trees to the grey eastside of El Segundo. Learn more about how to get involved with the annual Arbor Day plantings here.
Is a habitat restoration project implemented in 2009 to remove non-native vegetation and restore domestic plants to the sand dune. The area known as Clutter’s Bluff is being restored with native shrubs, grasses and small maturing trees. Coastal Buckwheat, the host plant of the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly, is being planted generously to help reestablish its presence along the dune.