On Friday, August 5, the City of Long Beach will begin removing some dead and dying trees in the City’s parks that are increasingly prone to toppling over or limbs falling. The City must remove them to ensure the public’s safety and, consequently, support the growth of healthy trees.
Many trees at City parks are nearing the end of their life cycle. The severe, multi-year drought, bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures have led to accelerated levels of trees dying.
“We are always saddened to see any of our beloved trees removed, but as these specific trees die and pose a significant safety risk, our priority is to ensure that our parks are safe and the rest of our trees are as healthy as possible,” said Marie Knight, Director of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM).
In recent months significant tree or limb failure has occurred in almost every City park, with a high concentration in El Dorado Regional, Heartwell, Wardlow and Houghton Parks.
In addition to removing dead trees for safety reasons, removing trees that have died due to infestation helps to prevent healthy trees from being infected. The City must complete the removal of trees by January so as not to interfere with the nesting season of many bird species.
PRM staff will be working closely with the City’s contractors to begin removing trees throughout the City starting with the following locations: Wardlow, Ramona, Bixby, Hudson and Admiral Kidd Parks.
The City is dedicated to ensuring that all trees in City parks enjoy a long and healthy life. A replacement plan for the trees, utilizing best practices, will be developed as the ongoing drought conditions continue.
For more information about Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine tree trimming activity, visit www.lbparks.org
to see tree trimming location maps and schedules.