Calexico Chamber of Commerce president Libby Peraza, a manager at Calexico's Valley Independent Bank branch and a Beautification Commission member, said the next step will be taking care of the trees.
She hopes community members — particularly youths — graft onto the commission's budding "adopt-a-tree" program.
Peraza said if a child is reached at an early age the child would be more likely to take ownership of a tree and "baby-sit" it.
Calexico Recreation Director and Beautification Commission chairman Javier Gonzalez said the last-tree planting of this magnitude in the city was four years ago. Some of those trees have been singed by the Valley heat and damaged by city maintenance crews.
Gonzalez said the commission will take steps to protect the new trees by installing protective rings.
Peraza said she thinks her fellow commission members would be willing to drive around and check on the new trees to make sure they are growing strong.
In a few months, the prison will send another 150 small trees that will need to find fertile ground.
Gonzalez said those trees could be given to his alma mater, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus, service agencies such as Neighborhood House and local businesses in need of a sprucing.
On Wednesday, Mayor Victor Carrillo saluted the efforts of the commissioners at a planting ceremony.
"They've taken it upon themselves to beautify Calexico by adding to the green space. The trees will make Calexico a lot nicer and add to the aesthetics of the city," he said.
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