The City of El Segundo has an urban forest that includes nearly 6,000 City-owned trees. City trees are those that are within the parkways in the residential and commercial areas, medians, parks and open spaces. El Segundo trees are a dynamic ecosystem that provide needed environmental services by clearing air and water, helping to control storm water and conserving energy. They add form, structure, beauty and breathing room to urban design, reduce noise, provide places to recreate and add economic value to our community.
The Recreation & Parks Department within the Parks Division manages and administers the maintenance activities of the City's urban forest with policy guidance held within the City of El Segundo Master Street Tree Plan and the El Segundo Municipal Code. The Parks Division has two ISA Certified Arborists who monitor tree health; a small crew that performs routine maintenance such as pruning, removals and planting; and a contracted maintenance company that performances large-scale tree removals and annual trimming throughout the City.
Just like all living beings, tree have a life cycle. While the Department strives to provide the best growing conditions for each tree, removal of trees is a necessary component of tree management. The City of El Segundo will only remove a tree if one or more of the following conditions exist:
- If a tree is dead, in severe physical decline or if there is splitting or cracking at the truck or major limbs or if the tree appears dangerous or obstructive to public safety or travel
- If the tree is incurably infected with a disease that will permanently injure, disfigure or kill it
- If there is a conflict between tree roots and sewer lines
- If tree growth resulted in sidewalk, curb or gutter disruption that cannot be reasonably repaired without removing the tree
- If it is determined that a specific tree is an inappropriate species, that was not permitted by the City or conflicts with the City's tree master plan.
The City follows a strict policy that any time a tree is removed, a new tree must be planted.
For more information, please contact Christopher Hentzen, Parks Maintenance Superintendent at 310-524-2716 or firstname.lastname@example.org