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

Upcoming Urban Forest Task Force meeting: 
May 22, 2019 at Santa Monica Main Library 

Arbor Day 2019
 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The original 2011 Urban Forest Master Plan has been archived here.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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