Trees add beauty to our community and provide much needed shade, but they can also create public safety dangers and their health can be threatened when not properly maintained.  San Diego Gas & Electric®  keeps an inventory of trees throughout its service area, and works with the City of Escondido to assist in managing tree-pruning and removal activities.  This collaboration improves communication, while sharing inventory information that can help reduce emergency response times and helps preserve the city’s urban forest landscape.

What is a comprehensive street tree inventory?

  • A catalog of all trees and planting sites in the public right of way.
  • A record of the location , species, health, and maintenance needs of every city tree.

What are the benefits of a tree inventory?

  • Provides a tool for evaluating the health and safety of public trees and the urban forest
  • Allows us to measure the economic and health benefits of “green infrastructure”
  • Serves as the basis for a citywide Urban Forest Management Plan
  • Reveals important information about species distribution throughout the city
  • Identifies vacant tree planting sites
  • Acts as a centerpiece for public outreach and public education about tree health
  • Increases funding changes for forestry grants (e.g., tree planting and public education)

Who will conduct Escondido’s tree Inventory? And when?

  • West Coast Arborist Group, a team of certified arborists
  • Completion time: Approximately six months, from August 20th 2013 until mid – March 2014

What kinds of information will be collected?

  • Street address
  • Species
  • Genus
  • Tree size(diameter)
  • Tree size(height)
  • Condition
  • Presence
  • Clearance required
  • Latitude/Longitude
  • Type and size of planting location
  • Maintenance needs
  • Hazard potential
  • Comments/notes
  • Survey date

How will the data be managed after the inventory is completed?

  • Data will be collected on handheld computers with GIS and GPS capabilities. “Arbor Access” software will allow City users to update existing data; manage resident requests; generate work orders; and create customized reports

Links

Arbor Day Foundation

1-888-448-7337

Non Profit Tree San Diego

Contact Rachele Melious 858-354-4158

PTCA

Professional Tree Care Association

Contact:Yolanda T Halley 619-443-6202

San Diego Urban Forest Council

ASCA  301-947-0483
American Society of Consulting Arborists

California Releaf  916-497-0034
info@californiareleaf.org

Calif. Dept of Forestry/Fire Protection

DPR
California Department of Pesticide Regulation

CLCA  916-830-2780
California Landscape Contractors Association

California Oak Foundation  510-763-0282

California Releaf   415-479-8733
California Urban Forests Council
caufc@caufc.org

Canopy  650-964-6110

Street Tree Seminar of Southern California
714-639-6516

Cuyamaca College

Dig Alert/Dial 811 or 1-800-227-2600
Protect underground utilities:

ISA  217-355-9411
International Society of Arboriculture

Mira Costa College

SDG&E®
Residential: 1800-411-7343
Business: 1-800-336-7343

SMA
Society of Municipal Arborists

TCIA  603-314-5380
Tree Care Industry Association

WCISA  866-785-8960
Western Chapter Intl Society Arborists