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Weigh in on the Trees Coming to Your Block  

Lookout Staff

August 15, 2011 – If you live in Santa Monica, there's a good chance you'll be seeing some new trees on your block.

In fact, nearly 500 stretches of street will get some new greenery as the City replaces trees that are old, diseased or damaged.

So if you don't like surprises, take a peak at the 48-page "Draft Designated Street Trees List" posted at www.santamonicatrees.com. You can see pictures of the trees that will replace those aging ficus or that damaged magnolia on your street.

“Trees are a vital aspect of any street," said Judy Abdo, former Santa Monica Mayor and current Chair of the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force. "Residents need to have a say in the choices that are being made for the future of their streets now.”

The City is currently choosing replacement species for each street and is including the recommendations in the Urban Forest Master Plan. Residents have until September 14 to comment on what’s being proposed for their street.

Comments may be submitted by email to trees@smgov.net; by mail to Public Landscape Division, Attn UFMPTF, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405; or in person at Urban Forest Task Force meetings on September 7 or September 14. The meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Thelma Terry Building in Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Avenue).

"Sometimes trees, including familiar and iconic species, need to be replaced… to ensure the continued health of this community resource," City officials said.

Those who wish to view the "Draft Designated Street Trees List" but don't have internet access can call the Public Landscape Division at 310-458-8974 to request a hardcopy or view one at any Santa Monica Public Library branch.

The Urban Forest Master Plan will be presented to City Council for review and approval on December 13, 2011. Visit www.santamonicatrees.com for progress updates and more.

 


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