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To report a downed limb or tree outside of regular business hours, call 310-458-8491 

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7/1/2020 – COVID19 Update

Due to the current COVID19 pandemic, budget reductions for the new fiscal year 2020/2022 have impacted Urban Forestry services. The City of Santa Monica - Urban Forestry division has qualified staff conducting scheduled work and routine inspections throughout the City.

Please continue to utilize the Santa Monica Works service request system for any tree related questions & kindly review the below web links for detailed information. Tree related emergencies should be phoned in to (310) 458-8974 during normal business hours or to Santa Monica Police Dispatch at (310) 458-8491 outside of these hours. Tree emergencies include fallen trees, trees possibly loose in the ground and fallen or hanging branches obstructing the public right of way.

TREE PLANTING:

Tree planting will be limited to tree removal replacement and other scheduled plantings until further notice.

TREE REMOVALS:

Tree removals will proceed as needed.

TREE TRIMMING:

Tree pruning maps on the Urban Forestry website reflect where crews will be conducting work. Please cooperate with No Parking signs in our combined efforts to maintain our Urban Forest.

TREE PRESERVATION:

Any proposed or upcoming construction & development opportunities should review our tree protection guidelines and updated service impacts. 

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Upcoming Urban Forest Task Force meeting: 
Meetings suspended until further notice



 REVISED_UFMP_2017_COVER City Council unanimously adopted the revised Urban Forest Master Plan in January 2017.

Over a period of 10 months, city staff worked alongside a subcommittee of the Council-appointed Urban Forest Task Force to revise the existing Urban Forest Master Plan.
The remaining appendices will be updated throughout 2018 and 2019.
The original 2011 Urban Forest Master Plan has been archived here.


How to Help Urban Trees Survive a Drought   Guidelines for Tree Watering During a Drought
Please review our guide to learn how to assess trees and calculate the amount of water they need based on their size. Attached to the guide is also an appendix of common trees found in Santa Monica. If your tree species is unknown, we recommend minimal supplemental watering.
Why Water Trees?
The City of Santa Monica has over 34,000 street and park trees. A 2015 research study by the U.S. Forest Service calculated these trees annually deliver $5.1 million dollars' worth of benefits to the community by cleaning the air, increasing property value, and reducing energy use among others. Research has also shown that a good level of tree cover can increase property value from 6% to 9%. Drought directly threatens urban trees, as water is required for healthy growth and functioning. A lack of water causes high levels of stress, increases susceptibility to pathogen attack and can cause eventual death.

Talking Trees with Urban Forester Matt Wells   See an interview with Santa Monica's Public Landscape Manager, Matthew Wells, on what inspires him about working with trees.
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