We are excited to share that Goleta was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation! The City is again being honored for its commitment to effective urban forest management. From 2007 – 2022, Goleta has received this award 11 times.
Goleta achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:
- Maintaining a tree board or department
- Having a tree care ordinance
- Dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita
- Hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation (view the City’s proclamation recognizing Arbor Week March 7 – 14, 2023, here: https://tinyurl.com/4sn2c3s2)
If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and extreme heat and flooding. Goleta is doing its part to address these challenges for residents both now and in the future.
The Goleta Public Works team manages more than 14,000 publicly owned trees along our streets and parks. The City is proud to make the planting and caring of trees a priority for our community.
Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation at https://www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
Goleta Parks and Open Space Manager George Thomson, Public Tree Advisory Commission Chair Jessie Altstatt, Mayor Paula Perotte, Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Deborah Williams and Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Jorge Flores planting trees at Stow Grove Park for Arbor Day