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  1. 1. Maintaining the Community Forest During Hard Times Dorothy Abeyta Special Assessment Districts City of San Jose San Jose, CA
  2. 2. The City of San Jose <ul><li>California’s first civilian settlement </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1777 as </li></ul><ul><li>‘ El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe’ </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated in 1850 as City of San Jose </li></ul><ul><li>First State Capitol </li></ul>
  3. 3. The City of San Jose <ul><li>Largest city in the Bay Area </li></ul><ul><li>180 acres or 178.2 square miles </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd largest population in CA </li></ul><ul><li>10 th largest in US ~ 1 million people </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tree Population <ul><li>The City of San Jose has an estimated 243,000 street trees </li></ul><ul><li>and… </li></ul><ul><li>Likely over one million trees City-wide when including parks and private property </li></ul>
  5. 5. Urban Forestry Program <ul><li>No formal program </li></ul><ul><li>Property owner responsibility - 1951 </li></ul><ul><li>Tree maintenance by City crews or contract when funding available </li></ul><ul><li>Lost tree crew to budget cuts – 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>No emergency services </li></ul><ul><li>No corrective services </li></ul><ul><li>Property owner sent invoice for any work performed by City </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dark and difficult times lie ahead…. <ul><li>City funding for right-of-way tree & landscaping programs dwindled away </li></ul><ul><li>Most property owners are not aware of their responsibility toward street trees </li></ul>
  7. 7. Public Outcry (outrage) <ul><li>Council and City Managers offices received hundreds of complaints. </li></ul><ul><li>Eight community meetings held across the City. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff from the City manager’s office, the City arborist office, Parks and other departments listened carefully. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 8 most Common Complaints <ul><li>THE CITY NEEDS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Place a greater emphasis on the importance of the urban forest. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access to tree-related information, such as tree planting, pruning or maintenance policies, regulations, and guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the tree removal permit process to make it more streamline, less expensive, and equitable. </li></ul><ul><li>Regulate private property trees to a minimal degree, yet enforce the rules equitably. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Common Complaints <ul><li>THE CITY NEEDS TO: </li></ul><ul><li>Consistently enforce existing tree regulations, codes and increase fines for noncompliance. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain street trees and sidewalks. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a tree master plan and inventory of all street trees. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan to utilize private/public partnerships to a greater and better degree. </li></ul>
  10. 10. San Jose’s Strategic Framework <ul><li>Primary Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Grow Protect, preserve, restore and expand San Jose’s community forest </li></ul><ul><li>Engage Develop and maintain support for the community forest </li></ul><ul><li>Equity Manage the community forest to maximize benefits for all residents of the city </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cal Fire to the Rescue <ul><li>Grant funding to initiate first steps toward a complete street tree inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Grant funding to improve access to tree-related information </li></ul>
  12. 12. What can we do to increase public awareness?
  13. 13. What do we need to do? <ul><li>Inform the public of their responsibility to maintain right-of-way trees </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the public about proper tree care and the importance of the community forest </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a cohesive and accessible set of guidelines to provide this information </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is the best way to accomplish this?
  15. 16. Organization of the Manual <ul><li>1 City of San Jose Tree Care and Management </li></ul><ul><li>2 Responsibility and Protection of Trees </li></ul><ul><li>3 Permits and the Law </li></ul><ul><li>4 Planting Trees in the City of San Jose </li></ul><ul><li>5 Care of Trees in the City of San Jose </li></ul><ul><li>6 Our City Forest </li></ul>
  16. 17. Chapter 1: City of San Jose Tree Care and Management <ul><li>Importance of the community forest </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of trees </li></ul>
  17. 18. Chapter 2: Responsibility and Protection of Trees <ul><li>Trees on City property and right-of-way </li></ul><ul><li>Private property trees </li></ul><ul><li>Trees in County pockets, parks, riparian corridors, Caltrans trees, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Tree emergency service program </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle accident Program </li></ul>
  18. 19. Chapter 3: Permits and the Law <ul><li>Permit requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Repair and non-completion notices </li></ul><ul><li>Citations for illegal tree work </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency reporting requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage trees </li></ul><ul><li>State laws </li></ul>
  19. 20. Chapter 4: Planting Trees in the City of San Jose <ul><li>Benefits of planting trees </li></ul><ul><li>Site assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Species selection </li></ul><ul><li>Pests, diseases and invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Nursery stock selection </li></ul><ul><li>Proper planting procedures </li></ul>
  20. 21. Chapter 5: Care of Trees in the City of San Jose <ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Pruning </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of surrounding ground plane </li></ul>
  21. 22. Chapter 6: Our City Forest and other volunteer opportunities Volunteer Street Tree Planting Americorps Program Volunteer Training
  22. 23. Appendices <ul><li>A. Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>B. Frequently Asked Questions </li></ul><ul><li>C. City of San Jose Municipal Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Code Section 13.28 – street trees </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Code Section 13.32 – private property </li></ul><ul><li>D. Public Right-of-Way Tree Removal Posting Notice </li></ul><ul><li>E. Private Property Tree Removal </li></ul><ul><li>F. Street Tree Planting Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>G. DOT Infrastructure Maintenance Tree Services </li></ul><ul><li>Information and Procedure Manual </li></ul><ul><li>H. San Jose’s Physical Environment </li></ul><ul><li>I. San Jose Downtown Streetscape Master Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Excerpt – Landscape Policies </li></ul><ul><li>J. PRNS Tree Removal Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>K. Special Landscape Assessment Districts </li></ul><ul><li>L. Glossary </li></ul>
  23. 24. Come visit us on the WWW Special Acknowledgement to Elizabeth Lanham City of San Jose, Arborist Technician
  24. 25. Questions? <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Dorothy Abeyta </li></ul><ul><li>City of San Jose </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>408.794.1924 </li></ul>