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Learn How Culver City Is Nurturing a Resilient Urban Forest

Post Date:04/07/2017 6:00 AM
Culver City Arbor Day Proclamation

The City of Culver City and the City Council have been taking steps to ensure the entire community recognizes that trees are of vital importance to this City. There are a large number of benefits to urban trees: they can combat "the greenhouse effect," eliminate pollution, extend the life of street pavement, enhance community economic stability, and even have sociological benefits.

Did you know the City has an Urban Forest Master Plan? On August 10, 2016, the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan received an "Astounding Urban Forestry Project Award" from the California Urban Forests Council. The Urban Forest Master Plan empowers the City to build on its existing strengths and and to strategically plan for the future, so that the community will continue to benefit from a beautiful and healthy urban forest.

Recently, the City Council proclaimed March 20, 2017 as “Arbor Day” in Culver City, stating: "Trees increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. Wherever they are planted, they are a source of joy and spiritual renewal". Ten days later, Mayor Jim B. Clarke, Councilmember Göran Eriksson, Public Works Director Charles Herbertson and others celebrated Arbor Day by planting a Rhaphiolepis ("Majestic Beauty") on the Culver Blvd. side of the Senior Center. Click/tap here for more photos from the tree planting ceremony.

The City also monitors tree health for maintenance and replacement opportunities. To learn more about the details behind tree maintenance, trimming and replacement within the City, please visit www.culvercity.org/live/home-property/tree-maintenance-trimming or call the City at 310-253-6420.

Currently, the City is waiting to hear back regarding our application to the National Arbor Day Foundation to consider designating Culver City as a "Tree City USA" community. Only 157 of California's 480+ cities have this distinction. Stay tuned to www.culvercity.org and our social media sites for updates!

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