PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/20/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:122018A
Subject:
City Celebrates Urban Forest Milestone
CAL FIRE Grant Helps Fund New Trees
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Development Services
562.570.7174
Richard.delaTorre@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach continues to be a leader in sustainability and supporting its urban forest with a goal of planting 10,000 new street trees by 2022.

The City’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau, along with nearly 300 community volunteers, recently celebrated the planting of the 4000th tree as part of the “I Dig Long Beach – 10,000 trees by 2022” tree planting initiative since 2012.

“The trees are a welcome addition to our City and will make positive impact to our air quality by reducing air pollution and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As the trees mature and beautify, they will also create more inviting pedestrian-friendly environments and encourage walking and bicycling.”

The milestone celebration took place during morning activities in the Ridgewood Cove neighborhood of North Long Beach where 82 young trees, which included crape myrtles and fern pines, were planted along the parkways of Rose Avenue, East Silva Street, Walnut Avenue and on other nearby blocks.

“We are proud of this urban forest project and how our City is embracing the goal of ‘going green’ in a major way,” said Development Services Director Linda Tatum. “The project is bringing new trees to virtually every neighborhood of Long Beach. Trees do so much. They are a welcome and attractive addition, and no doubt will help improve our air and beautify our streets.”

I Dig Long Beach recently received a significant funding boost — a $1.26 million grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) that allowed the initiative to be extended to the 2022 goal. Initially, the initiative was funded in 2012 for 6,000 trees by 2020 through a $671,200 grant from the Port of Long Beach.

“Long Beach was one of six recipients in the Los Angeles area receiving funding through CAL FIRE’s Urban & Community Forestry grant program this year, and is thus far the most progressive in their endeavor,” said Lynnette Short, an urban forester for CAL FIRE’s Southern Region. “They have a good reputation as a city that continuously strives to improve its urban forest through community engagement and proper management of trees.”

The grant program funding came from the California Climate Investments Grant Project by way of its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which then allocated the money to CAL FIRE.

The I Dig Long Beach initiative includes monthly neighborhood tree planting events throughout the City and engages residents in planting, watering and caring for the new trees. Also, residents will be encouraged to help maintain the public area bioswales that are planned as small landscape drainage zones for stormwater runoff. Residents can also schedule a tree planting in their neighborhood by calling the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau at (562) 570-6866. More information is available at http://www.lbds.info/neighborhood_services/neighborhood_improvement/urban_forestry_program.asp.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Development Services

Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA. Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the Department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past. For more information, visit www.lbds.info. “Like” our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.

About CAL FIRE

CAL FIRE's mission emphasizes the management and protection of California's natural resources — a goal that is accomplished through ongoing assessment and study of the State's natural resources and an extensive CAL FIRE Resource Management Program. CAL FIRE oversees enforcement of California's forest practice regulations, which guide timber harvesting on private lands. Learn more about CAL FIRE at www.fire.ca.gov