The Mayor also launches citywide street tree inventory to help L.A. manage urban forest, confront the climate crisis
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today was joined by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, civic leaders, and community members in South L.A. to kick off tree planting season and launch a new street tree inventory to help grow and manage L.A.’s urban forest.
“Trees are powerful assets in the work of protecting our planet,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are doing more than adding greenery to neighborhoods and beautifying L.A. — we’re building a healthier city and strengthening communities hardest hit by the climate emergency.”
The citywide street tree inventory will enable StreetsLA (Bureau of Streets Services) and City Forest Officer Rachel Malarich to collect better data, follow trends more closely, and better determine the most effective tree-planting practices for L.A.’s streets. Completing the inventory is a critical step in achieving the two primary urban forestry goals laid out in Mayor Garcetti’s Green New Deal: planting 90,000 trees by 2021 and increasing tree canopy in areas of greatest need by at least 50% by 2028.
“Restoring the tree canopy is a vital step towards ensuring health equity across the City. In addition to improving neighborhood aesthetics and providing shade, trees help address serious health concerns like asthma, which disproportionately impacts South L.A. residents," said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
Today’s event led by City officials and our community partner, Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC), kicks off planting efforts made possible by a state grant secured by the City and KYCC. The funding will bring 164 new street trees to Vernon Ave. and Western Ave. and a total of 1,200 trees across Central and South L.A.
“Today represents an important milestone — not only are we beginning an inventory that will be a key component for building our Urban Forestry Management Plan and informing how we manage our urban forest, but we are here to remind Angelenos that everyone can be involved in planting for the Mayor’s ambitious 90,000 trees goal,” said City Forest Officer Rachel Malarich. “
“KYCC has been working for over 10 years to bring more street trees to South L.A.,” said KYCC Environmental Services Manager Clarissa Boyajian. “Trees clean our air, provide welcome shade and improve both mental and physical health. We’re excited to partner with the Mayor’s Office to kickoff the 90,000 trees that will be planted as part of the Green New Deal and the City’s new street tree inventory. KYCC has been a planting partner in Central and South L.A. for many years, and we’re excited to continue increasing tree canopy in the parts of our city that need it the most.”
Los Angeles City residents can receive free trees through City Plants: cityplants.org/our-programs/.