Vista, Urban Corps to plant 200 trees in city

Vista, Urban Corps to plant 200 trees in city

The city of Vista is about to get greener through a partnership with the Urban Corps that also will create job opportunities for local youths.

More than 200 trees will be planted, including many in Buena Vista Park where irrigation will also be installed, through a program funded from San Diego Gas & Electric’s Environmental Champions grant program and CalFire.

Grant money from The San Diego Foundation also will be used by Urban Corps to recruit Vista youth to join its program to be trained and placed in green jobs with the county of San Diego.

To join Urban Corps or learn more about training for a green job with the county, Vista residents who are 18-26 years old and in need of a high school diploma can attend a North County Info Session at Urban Corps’ Escondido location. To register, please call (619) 235-6884 or email

“One of Urban Corps’ goals is to expand career opportunities for our Corps members,” said Kyle Kennedy, CEO of Urban Corps of San Diego County.

“Working with the City of Vista, our Corps members will not only be able to enhance the beauty of Vista and increase its tree canopy, but receive hands-on work experience that will train them for a green job with the County of San Diego, Kennedy said.

Graduates of the program may find jobs in various county departments, including Parks and Recreation, Planning & Development Services, Public Works, Agriculture, Weight & Measures, Environmental Health and Quality, Library and General Services.

“The city is pleased to partner with Urban Corps for this unique community enrichment program,” said Vista Public Works Director Kuna Muthusamy. “Vista’s Urban Forest is an important part of our infrastructure. It enhances the beauty and livability of the city and provides many benefits to our communities, including shade and cooling, run-off and erosion control, improved air quality and climate change mitigation.

Urban Corps of San Diego County is a certified local conservation corps and charter school with a mission to provide young adults ages 18-26 the tools to expand their career opportunities through paid job training, support services and, if needed, a second chance to earn a high school diploma.