The Arbor Day Foundation has named Santa Ana a 2019 Tree City USA in recognition of the City’s commitment to effectively incorporating urban forest management in the community.
This is the 21st consecutive year that Santa Ana has received the honor.
“I’m happy to see that the City of Santa Ana’s efforts to increase funding for tree maintenance and improvements has not gone unnoticed,” Mayor Miguel Pulido said. “Our urban forest is a treasure that beautifies our community and provides a welcome touch of nature in one of the most densely populated cities in the country.”
Dan Lambe, President of the Lincoln, Nebraska-based Arbor Day Foundation, said, “the trees being planted and cared for by Santa Ana are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life.”
Santa Ana met the Tree City USA program’s four requirements by:
- Establishing the Environmental and Transportation Advisory Committee, made up of council appointees who provide oversight on tree-planting programs.
- Creating a Tree Care Ordinance in 1999 that provides guidelines for maintaining a healthy urban forest.
- Establishing a Community Forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
- Celebrating Arbor Day observance annually.
The City of Santa Ana tree program purchases, plants and maintains all City-owned trees to keep our urban forest of 50,000 street trees healthy and attractive. Tree planting usually is scheduled in the fall to provide trees with the optimal weather for successful growth.
If you have any questions or need assistance with City trees, please contact the Public Works Maintenance Services Division at (714) 647-3380.
For more information about the City of Santa Ana tree program, visit https://www.santa-ana.org/green/tree-program-tree-city-usa.