Goleta Receives 12th Tree City Designation

The City of Goleta has reaffirmed its commitment to urban forestry and the preservation of green spaces by once again earning the prestigious designation of a “Tree City” from the Arbor Day Foundation. This marks the 12th year that Goleta has been named a “Tree City”.

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, established in 1976, serves as a vital platform for promoting the significance of trees in urban settings. To become a “Tree City” four overarching standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation must be met:

  • Establishment of a Tree Board or Department: Designating individuals or groups responsible for the care of all trees in city-owned properties, facilitating better decision-making, and promoting public awareness about the significance of trees in the community.
  • Implementation of a Community Tree Ordinance: Enacting a public tree care ordinance or law to govern the maintenance, planting, and removal of trees in public spaces, ensuring the protection and sustained management of the urban tree canopy.
  • Allocation of Budget for Urban Forestry: Investing a minimum of $2 per capita in urban forestry, showcasing the city’s commitment to the growth and maintenance of valuable public trees.
  • Celebrating Arbor Day: Marking this occasion with activities that raise awareness about the significance of trees and encourage their continued preservation by involving members of the community.

Through this program, communities are empowered to cultivate and trees in old town sustain their tree cover, thereby contributing to improved air quality, reduced energy costs, and a heightened quality of life for residents. Goleta’s recognition as a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation is a testament to our commitment to a greener future.

Let’s keep planting and growing together!