City of Goleta Celebrates Arbor Week March 7-14

Join the City in observing Arbor Week, a celebration of trees! Plant a tree in your yard and join us for a ceremonial tree planting on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Stow Grove Park (580 N. La Patera Lane). Trees are an important resource: they beautify communities, help conserve energy, improve air quality, protect water resources, provide habitat and are a source of joy and relaxation. The City of Goleta loves trees – we have almost 6,500 and 160 different species. There is also a Public Tree Advisory Commission made up of citizens like you who help implement the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), the City’s master plan for public trees.

As part of our planned tree maintenance, the City is split into five districts for grid pruning. Grid pruning is done to prevent branches and foliage from interfering with safe public passage. Branches are trimmed to 10 feet above sidewalk/pedestrian walkways and 14 feet above roadways. (Exceptions are allowed for young trees.) Trees are also inspected for dead or broken branches. The City aims to prune two districts per year so trees are trimmed at least every three years, budget permitting.

For more information, contact Andrea Moreno, Public Works Administrative Assistant, at (805) 968-6843 or