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A call to celebrate Arbor Day.
This micro cache camo can with logsheet is placed in a tree in Peers Park to honor Alice Locke Park and her love of trees and to remind everyone that California Arbor Day is celebrated March 7-14. The organization Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto celebrates Arbor Month during March. On March 10 at 11:30 a.m. the Challenger Space Shuttle Trees dedication will unveil a plaque at the other end of Peers Park for the redwoods that were planted in 1987 (see Forgotten Flying Redwoods).
Alice Locke Park was an early 1900s Palo Alto resident devoted to women’s suffrage, feminism, pacifism, human rights, environmentalism and various community issues. She protested Stanford’s establishment of a female quota for women and battled for women’s rights. In her homes (at 611 Gilman and 510 Hamilton streets) she held meetings for a pacifist group called the American Union Against Militarism. This later became the American Civil Liberties Union.
She joined the International Feminist Movement and in 1894 picketed the White House. One of her main interests was female suffrage and once it was legalized in California in 1911 she continued to champion the cause throughout the world. “Votes for Women” buttons were a popular item.
She campaigned for the six hour work day, labor unionism and anti-child-labor laws. Her belief that women should be independent from their husbands led to her support birth control, sex education in schools and other ideas that are still controversial today.
Ms. Park traveled the world working for world peace and was a delegate for the Women’s Peace Society and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1915 Henry Ford invited her to join the Ford Peace Ship and in 1926 she met with Mahatma Gandhi to discuss his non-violent philosophy. She believed that war was not the answer.
Among her other endeavors, she authored two pieces of California state legislation. Enacted in 1909, the California Bird and Arbor Day Act legislated the protection of trees and birds and established a day for school children to be instructed in these environmental issues. A second major bill ensured equal guardianship of minor children to both parents. Previously, the man had complete legal control – even insofar as selling their unborn children.
Don’t forget, on March 10, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. the Challenger Space Shuttle Trees dedication will unveil a plaque at the other end of Peers Park for the redwoods. Many of you who visited Forgotten Flying Redwoods commented that there should be a plaque and now there will be.
Portions of this write up were taken from a copyrighted essay by Margaret R. Feuer.
Thanks also to Polar Bear Clan for pointing out some of the various tree species that can be noted in the park:
Eucalyptus globulus (Blue Gum Eucalyptus)
Cedrus deodara (Deodara Cedar)
Liriodendron tulipfera (Tulip tree)
Fraxinus uhdei (Ash)
Schinus terebinthifolia (Brazilian Pepper tree)
Schinus molle (Australian Pepper or Calif. Pepper)
Cedrus atlantica glauca (Blue Atlas Cedar)
Olea europaea (Olive)
Cinnamomum camphora (Camphor)
Quercus palustris (Red Oak)
Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
various other Oaks
Platanus acerifolia (London Plane tree)
Ligustrum lucidum (Privet)
Albezia julibrissin (Silk tree)
Liquidambar styraciflua (American sweetgum)
Pyrus calleryana (Evergreen Pear)
Sequoia giganteum (Giant sequoia or Big tree) that's the big guy near the grove
Cornus florida (Dogwood)
Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle)
Diospyros kaki (Fuyu Persimmon)
Platanus racemosa (Sycamore)
Aesculus hippocastrum (horse chestnut)
Umbellularia californica (California Bay)
Tilia americana (American Linden)
lmus sibirica (Siberian Elm)
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