National Arbor Day Tree Planting Event

On April 24th, 2015 the City of Santa Monica will celebrate National Arbor Day by planting twenty trees at Clover Park. Participating in the planting ceremonies will be the City’s Urban Forest Task Force and Recreation and Parks Commission along with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, UCLA Circle K, and Santa Monica Lions Club.
This year’s Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees by planting fifteen California native Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), honors a new species introduction by planting five Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta), and adds pleasant aromas to the planting palette with five Willow Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii). The planting will take place near the southwest softball field closest to the airport at Clover Park.
Founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day celebrates the benefits of trees. This year marks the 143rd anniversary of Arbor Day and Santa Monica’s 34th year as a Tree City USA, an honor given by the Arbor Day Foundation for Santa Monica’s commitment to effective urban forest management. Please join us for the National Arbor Day event! RSVP to
Event Details
Friday, April 24, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, near the southwest softball field closest to the airport
Learn more about Arbor Day at

Urban Forest Master Plan

The City of Santa Monica Community and Cultural Services Department and the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force are pleased to announce that the Urban Forest Master Plan has been unanimously approved by City Council at its meeting on December 13, 2011 with the amendment that Street Segment 120 – 21st St from Montana Ave to Wilshire Blvd not be inter-planted with Cercis occidentalis but have a palm for palm replacement.   

Prior to going to the City Council, the plan has been presented to the Planning, Landmarks and Recreation and Parks Commissions and the Task Force on the Environment with their comments incorporated into the plan where applicable.     

This long-awaited Master Plan will guide the perpetuation and management of Santa Monica’s urban forest over the next 50 years. The plan is a living document that will be evaluated and updated over time as new technologies and advancements in urban forestry become available.       

Copies of the staff report and the draft Master Plan are available at all branches of the Santa Monica Library and for review at the Public Landscape Division in Clover Park at 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard.  

The Urban Forest Master Plan is the culmination of two years of community input and planning by the Task Force and we thank the many community members who participated in this process.  


Street Tree Removal Appeal  

The Urban Forest Master Plan outlines a tree removal appeals process.  There are two types of appeals: 1. An appeal of a determination to remove a tree; or 2. An appeal of a determination that a tree cannot be removed- Exception Process. 


Click here for the Tree Removal Appeal Application


Tree Pruning Program & FY2014-15 Tree Pruning Map

Santa Monica's tree pruning program encompasses all public trees citywide and the tree population is divided into four maintenance cycles: annual, 2-year, 3-year and 5-year. The FY14-15 map shows which trees and streets throughout the city will have planned tree maintenance between the dates July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Please note: proposed work may be subject to change. For more information about the program, please click here.  

FY14-15 Tree Pruning Map

Tree City

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