Santa Monica Trees
Learn about our urban tree canopy, how to help your trees survive a drought, and nominate a Heritage Tree
Santa Monica's Urban Tree Canopy
Urban Forest Master Plan Mission Statement:
To ensure that all benefits of a healthy urban forest are available to Santa Monica residents and visitors for generations to come, to guide the perpetuation and enhancement of public tree canopy for the entire city, and to inform the community of the importance of the urban forest and the best practices to follow to help it thrive.
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How to Help Urban Trees Survive a Drought
Trees are an essential element of the City and need assistance during a drought. The two most important influences on an urban tree are the availability of adequate water and nutrients. A lack of water can cause high levels of stress and increased susceptibility to disease and is one of the primary causes of death.
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Nominate a Heritage Tree
Santa Monica's Heritage Tree Program raises community awareness about tree diversity and informs the public about a piece of Santa Monica's rich history by officially recognizing noteworthy public trees across the city.
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Trees in the News
Outrage over illegal tree trimming unlikely to yield prosecution
10/7/22: The residents suspected of organizing unauthorized and damaging work to nine city ficus trees on Georgina Avenue earlier this month are unlikely to face consequences. A spokesperson for the City of Santa Monica said that with lack of evidence there is little they can do to enforce the municipal code which states that “no person shall cut, trim, prune” a tree on public land without a city permit. Continue reading >
10/25/22: Tree Trimming on Public Property: Santa Monica Urban Forest Task Force issued this letter/guidelines with useful tips on how to get trees trimmed and how to report tree issues