In 2012-13 the City of Menifee received a grant from the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection/CalFire under the department's Urban & Community Forestry: “Leafing Out” Grant Program, a program meant to initiate or advance early stage urban forestry programs or projects.
Understanding the importance of urban forestry and the many benefits of trees to a community, the City's main goals and objectives with the "Leafing Out" Grant received include:
Establishing a Tree Preservation Ordinance within the City's municipal code
Increase community awareness and participation in the promoting the importance of urban forestry
Increasing tree (urban forestry) in community parks
On February 2015, the City completed the "Meni-Trees: Leafing the Way" Project to achieve these goals. The project included the development/adoption of a Tree Preservation Ordinance, Tree Planting at Lyle Marsh Park and E.L. Pete Peterson Park, and tree education/tree saplings give away at the annual Spring Fest event.
Spring Trees: Planting Trees at Lyle Marsh Park & E.L. Pete Peterson Park (March 21, 2015)
Spring Fest: Tree Education/Outreach & Tree Sapling Giveaway (March 28, 2015)