Pasadena Garners Tree City USA,Tree City USA Growth Awards

Published : Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 6:51 AM

At left, a City of Pasadena forestry crew member performs aerial pruning on a Chinese Elm; at right, a City small tree care crew reconstructs a tree well and irrigates a newly-planted Southern Magnolia tree. Photos courtesy City of Pasadena.

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded the City of Pasadena its 19th Tree City USA Growth Award and 29th Tree City USA prize.

The announcement was made by Pasadena Public Works Director Ara Maloyan.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first-hand,” Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation said in a statement. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Arbor Day Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

The foundation gives Tree City USA awards to communities that have an active tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, as part of their urban forestry program.

Tree City USA Growth Awards are given to communities who have been a Tree City USA awardee for two consecutive years, and have demonstrated enhancements to their urban forestry program in such categories as education and public relations, forestry partnerships, forestry planning and management, and specialized tree-planting and maintenance.

In its 2018 State of the Urban Forest report, the Department of Public Works’ Parks and Natural Resources Division said the City of Pasadena has more than 60,000 public trees of over 250 different species.

“The City’s urban forest provides a multitude of environmental, placemaking and economic benefits for residents, businesses and visitors of Pasadena,” the report said. “The management of the urban forest is taken with the utmost respect and diligence, as noted by the Arbor Day Foundation.”

The report also showed 643 street trees were planted in the City in 2018; 15,893 were pruned, including both hardwood and palm trees; and 550 trees were removed, most of them condition-based removals, which happens when the trees are deemed to have been adversely affected by various conditions including pest infestation, drought stress, planting site problems, tree damage, and other conditions as determined by the City arborist.

The report also said 2,921 service requests related to trees were received by the City in 2018, and 533 tree-related emergency calls were received.

The Public Works Department said managing the urban forest in Pasadena is the intersection of three components: the City’s Tree Protection Ordinance, its Master Street Tree Plan (MSTP), and City Forestry and Park operations.

These components of forestry management are based “on the best management practices of the tree care industry and municipal service,” the report said.

Details of the 2018 State of the Urban Forest report are available through this link.

For more information about the Tree City USA program, visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa.
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