Urban Forest Management Program
The City’s Pulic Works Department is responsible for the maintenance, protection and expansion of the City’s Urban Forest. Placentia’s urban forest is a valuable segment of the community’s infrastructure and ecosystem. The City’s urban forest is comprised of over 7,000 trees located along public streets or within public parks and property. These trees provide a wealth of social, economical and environmental benefits to City residents and visitors, from shade and beauty to air quality, carbon reduction and stormwater management. A healthy, sustained urban forest, carefully managed and cared for, will contribute significantly to the economic and environmental well-being of the City.
Urban Forest Management
Recognizing the value and benefits of the Urban Forest, the City developed a coordinated and adaptive approach to the care and maintenance of our trees. On May 7, 2019, the City Council adopted the City’s first Urban Forest Management Plan. The Plan identifies long-term preservation and enhancement objectives and key management considerations including pruning standards, forest expansion, infrastructure maintenance, environmental resources, land use, aesthetics and community objectives. This guiding document includes best practices, technologies, and city policies while allowing for future revision to maintain its relevance for the next 20 years. The Plan will be evaluated and revised periodically to reflect evolving conditions, new information, and updated best management practices. By planning for the urban forest, the City will ensure that it maintains this valuable resource, an investment that will provide consistent returns well into the future. Through implementation of this Plan, the City strives to promote a safe, healthy, and diverse urban forest by preserving, managing and enhancing tree resources, while promoting active community participation through public education and outreach.
To view and download the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan, please visit:
Urban Forest Protection Ordinance
On July 2, 2020, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. O-2020-04 amending Title 14 of the Placentia Municipal Code and, thereby codifies the Urban Forest Management Plan in an enforceable Citywide ordinance.
The City’s Facilities, Parks and Landscape Maintenance Division provides tree care and maintenance for City-owned trees in the public right-of-way and City Parks including routine trimming, planting and removal of dead and diseased trees. Tree trimming is performed to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased limbs and remove potential hazards to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular traffic, buses and emergency vehicles. The Facilities, Parks, and Landscape Maintenance Division organizes, plans and oversees the annual tree maintenance program.
Tree Pruning Schedule
In 2017, the City implemented a new four-year tree grid pruning cycle. To view the City’s current pruning schedule, please visit: Citywide Tree Pruning Cycle.
To report dying, diseased, and/or dangerous trees:
- In the public right-of-way or City Parks, call Public Works at (714) 993-8245 or submit a request via iPlacentia at http://placentia.org/9/How-Do-I.
Educational Resources & Information
Benefits of Trees
- Benefits of Trees (Arbor Day Foundation)
- Tree Benefits and Values are (Trees Are Good)
- The National Tree Benefit Calculator - An online tool to calculate the value of trees at your home.
- SelecTree: A Tree Selection Guide - An online interactive program designed to help select appropriate trees.
Hiring an Arborist
Other Helpful Links
- Arbor Day Foundation - Non-profit organization geared towards education starting with communities who care about trees.
- California Urban Forests Council - Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting urban forestry to improve communities through advocacy.
- International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - Provides tree care companies and professional arborists with safety and education programs, publications and guidelines for tree service operations.
- Trees Are Good - TreesAreGood.org is an educational website providing homeowners and other tree owners with reliable information regarding the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in an urban environment. This website is managed by International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).