The city of Arroyo Grande, Caltrans and the Tree Guild of Arroyo Grande have undertaken a project to plant 20 new trees along Highway 101.
The new trees are near the on- and off-ramps at Halcyon Road, Oak Park Road, Grand Avenue, Brisco Road and Camino Mercado.
The partnership began when a number of trees planted in 2005 died for various reasons. Caltrans offered to remove the trees so that they could be replaced.
The city and the Tree Guild bought 20 trees, and Caltrans installed them. Arroyo Grande has received a “Tree City USA” designation for the past 28 years.
— Cynthia Lambert
San Luis Obispo
The nonprofit club Santa Lucia Fly Fishers has donated three steelhead information signs to the city of San Luis Obispo. The signs will be placed along San Luis Obispo Creek at three highly visible locations.
They depict the lifecycle of steelhead, including the fish’s dependence on freshwater streams to survive and its threatened status. They also include information telling that it is illegal to catch or otherwise disturb the fish in the creek.
The group conceived the idea several months ago when one of its members saw a group of adults and children scooping several small steelhead out of the creek and placing the fish on the bank where they died, said Ted Pope, a member of the group’s board of directors.
The Santa Lucia Fly Fishers is a sportsman’s group of about 100 members who practice catch and release fishing and promote conservation.
— David Sneed
San Luis Obispo
The Child Abuse Prevention Council is sponsoring a free public forum March 10 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Ave., in San Luis Obispo.
The forum is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. with networking and coffee. Presentations will be from 9 a.m. to noon.
Organizers say that in San Luis Obispo County, children from birth to 5 years old have the highest rates of neglect and maltreatment.
The presentation will explain the work being done and the services available from multiple agencies that seek to support these youngsters and their families.
Among the participants: Alpha Pregnancy and Parenting Support; Community Action Partnership; the Kinship Center; Martha’s Place — A Children’s Assessment Center; Parent Connection of San Luis Obispo County; San Luis Obispo County Mental Health and Public Health; Tri-Counties Regional Center; County Office of Education; and South County SAFE Family Resource Center.
— Bob Cuddy