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Urban Forest Management PlanParks & Recreation

Jacaranda City Street TreesThe Parks and Recreation initiated the development of an urban forest management plan (UFMP) in 2012. The purpose of the plan is to provide long-term guidance to enhance and preserve Santa Barbara’s urban forest. The urban forest generally is defined as all the trees, both public and private, in the urban environment.

Santa Barbara’s urban forest is owned and managed by a diverse mix of City, County and Federal agencies, as well as the private sector. While several policies and programs protect tree resources and guide the City operations, long-term management objectives including canopy cover, infrastructure constraints, environmental benefits, land use, aesthetics, native habitats, and community vitality are becoming increasingly important.

The Plan was adopted by City Council in April 2014.  Visit our Urban Forestry Management Plan site to view the Plan, or browse our site to learn more about City street trees, park trees, required permits and tree care resources.

For more information about the urban forest management plan and to get involved, contact Jill Zachary at

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019
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