Urban Forest Renewal Program
Renewal is a fact of life for an urban forest. Many of Santa Monica's trees were planted in the 1950s & 1960s, a period of rapid growth for our city. These deciduous and evergreen trees have matured, with many reaching the end of their lifespan at the same time. In addition to requiring higher levels of maintenance, older trees also pose a risk to public safety.
A lifetime of urban conditions is also beginning to take its toll on the health of Santa Monica's forest. Mature trees succumb to disease pathogens at an alarming rate, with younger trees taking more time and cost to establish. Over the next 10-20 years, many of these aging trees will need to be replaced.
The City's urban forest renewal program sets an annual schedule for replacement of trees that have reached the end of their lifespan. Each year the City schedules the removal and replacement of older trees throughout Santa Monica. In cases where a large number of trees are considered for removal, an assessment study is conducted to determine the best course of action.
Supplement to Eucalyptus Assessment