The City of Manhattan Beach's Urban Forestry Program is committed to managing and enhancing the street trees in the City to ensure that all the residences of Manhattan Beach enjoy the optimum benefits that can be obtained from this precious resource known as the urban forest.
The Urban Forestry Program oversees more than 12,000 trees within nearly 4 square miles, and is responsible for administering proper tree care; planting new trees; removing dead and hazardous trees; conducting reforestation projects in parks, municipal grounds, open spaces, medians and streets, and maintaining a street tree database with maintenance information about trees throughout the City.
Our urban forest is comprised of street trees, park trees, residential trees, native trees and plants, landscaping, and vegetation, as well as privately-owned and established trees in front yards, which are within the City's tree protection zone and are protected by City Ordinance (Municipal Code 10.52.120).
The Urban Forest provides environmental benefits, adds to property values and provides an enhanced quality of life for all the residents of our beautiful City. You may reach the City's Urban Forester by email, or dial (310) 802-5305.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A TREE PERMIT
A Tree Permit Application is accessible through the City's online permit system. This document "How to apply for a Tree Permit" will provide you with step-by-step instructions for the application process.
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC (RIGHT-OF-WAY) TREE INFORMATION
Links: Tree Permits, Inspections, Finals, and Refund Process
Public Service Announcement - The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP). Help Protect California Citrus Trees.
The deadly citrus tree disease, Huanglongbing (HLB) has been spreading in California. To obtain more information on the spread of HLB, and the pest that can carry the disease, the Asian citrus psyllid, please click here.
Here are some of the best reasons to plant and care for trees or defend a tree’s standing:
• Trees clean the air: Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
• Trees cool the streets and the city: Average temperatures in Los Angeles have risen 6°F in the last 50 years as tree coverage has declined and the number of heat-absorbing roads and buildings has increased. Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
• Trees conserve energy: Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.
• Trees save water: Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.
• Trees help prevent water pollution: Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This helps prevent storm water from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
• Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection to children on school campuses and playgrounds where children spend hours outdoors.
• Trees provide aesthetic benefits: Trees can mask concrete walls, parking lots and unsightly views. They muffle sound from nearby streets and freeways, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
• Trees increase property values: The beauty of a well-planted property, street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent.
• Trees increase business traffic: Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.
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