Urban Forests: Maintenance and Management Best Practices

Thursday, June 2, 2022, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Mountain View, a Tree City USA since 2001, enjoys tree canopy coverage of 17.7%. This includes City-managed trees in parks, along streets, and at City facilities. And yet, an even larger proportion of tree canopy cover (approximately 75%) comes from trees on private property, including single and multi-family homes, commercial properties, and industrial areas. Collectively, these trees provide millions of dollars in ecosystem services, as well as myriad community benefits. Developers, businesses, residents, and City staff alike have a crucial role in preserving the tree canopy cover today and growing it for future generations.

This webinar provides guidance distilled from the City of Mountain View’s new Tree Technical Manual on best practices for the maintenance and management of trees. Learn top takeaways from the Manual, which covers topics ranging from tree removal permits to recommendations for developers, construction managers, and residents. This webinar will leave you inspired and equipped with practical knowledge and resources to help ensure the health and longevity of Mountain View’s urban forest.

Webinar Resources

Mountain View’s Tree Technical Manual and Resident Guide to Trees referenced in this webinar are available to all on the City’s website.

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has books for purchase that detail the ANSI standards for tree care operations. These standards are referenced in Mountain View’s Tree Technical Manual.

Mountain View’s Municipal Code 32: Protection of the Urban Forest includes information about ordinances regarding heritage trees, permits, and appeals.

Canopy’s Tree Plotter allows you to plot your tree(s) and estimates the ecosystem benefits and approximate value of your tree(s).

Cal Poly’s List of Largest Trees in California has 274 Big Tree listings and 159 National Champions.

Questions & Answers

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Get More Involved

Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.

Sign up to attend the June 29 meeting, which will review a high-level scope of work for the City’s new Biodiversity Strategy / Urban Forest Master Plan. The public is welcome to watch the meeting and participate during the public comment section.

Contact the Speakers

Matthew Feisthamel (he/him), City of Mountain View Forestry Coordinator

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Brittany Whitehill (she/her), City of Mountain View Associate Planner

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For additional questions about Mountain View trees, contact Gabrielle Trudeau (she/her), Canopy’s Community Forestry Coordinator, at [email protected].

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