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Urban Forest Management PlanParks

The Parks Division developed its first Urban Forest Managment Plan, adopted by City Council on April 8, 2014.  The Plan is a 30+ year roadmap aimed at protecting, enhancing and maximizing the benefits of Santa Barbara's urban forest.  The urban forest is generally defined as all the trees, both public and private, in the urban environment.  The Plan addresses key issues such as: canopy cover, infrastructure constraints, environmental benefits, aesthetics, native habitats and community vitality.  Guided by broad goals and objectives, the Plan is implemented through actions that range from increased street and park tree maintenance to comprehensive outreach programs.

To learn more about Santa Barbara's urban forest or to review the final Plan, click on the links below or contact our staff. 

Urban Forest Management Plan

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Public Workshops

  • Urban forest public workshop 1 focused on gathering and prioritizing key issues related to trees in the urban forest.  View the presentation here.
  • Urban forest public workshop 2 reviewed and gathered public input on draft objectives and recommended actions.  To view the presentation click here
  • The Final Draft Plan was presented to boards and commissions throughout December 2013 and January 2014. Presentations focused on recommended actions, Plan implementation, as well as Plan adoption. View presentation here.
  • The Final Plan was presented to City Council April 8, 2014. To view the video presentation, click here

Email Nathan Slack at for questions or to submit comments.

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2020
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