To celebrate the City's urban forest and the multitude of benefits that it provides to the community, the City of Encinitas is hosting an Arbor Day event on April 30, 2022. Arbor Day aims to strengthen our bond with the City's trees and celebrate our City's status as a tree city usa community.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the City of Encinitas will be planting 50 trees at Cottonwood Creek Park from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in partnership with SDG&E, Dudek, Davey Tree Service and WCA.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Please reach out to [email protected].

Have questions about the event and what to expect? Please reach out to [email protected] or call 760-633-2841.

Please read the following informational links:

Arbor Day 2022 Flyer

How to Plant a Container Tree 

How to Plant a Container Tree (Video)

Picking the Right Tree for the Right Place

ProduceGood Arbor Day 

Tree Care Tips & Techniques

To celebrate the City’s Urban Forest and the multitude of benefits that it provides to the community, the City of Encinitas hosts Virtual Arbor Day, kicking off on April 5, 2021. Virtual Arbor Day aims to help strengthen our bond with the City’s trees and celebrate our City’s status as a Tree City USA community.

On Friday, April 30, 2021, the City of Encinitas in partnership with SDG&E is giving away 100 trees to City residents on a first come, first served basis. Trees will be handed out on Friday, April 30th to the first 100 applicants.  

Please read the following informational links and lastly sign up for your tree.

Arbor Day 2021 Flyer

Right Tree Right Place

How to Plant a Container Tree

Video - How to Plant a Container Tree

Tree Care Tips and Techniques

Tree Species Information

Tree Species Photographs

Waiver - needs to be signed at the time of tree pick-up

Sign up for your tree

We want to invite you to celebrate the city’s trees and get involved by checking out the features below:

Trophy Tree Tracker Virtual Tour

Trophy Tree Tracker Virtual Tour

Use this interactive tool to see where some of Encinitas’s coolest trees are located. Special thanks to Mark Wisniewski and Tim Clancy for their commitment to the urban forest and preparing the material for the virtual tree tour inventory.

Urban Forest Management Plan Survey

Click here to take survey

The City of Encinitas wants your input on taking care of our urban forest. The city's urban forest is made up of trees growing on private property, along city streets, and in parks. Encinitas is in the process of refining its urban forest management plan (ufmp), which guides the city and tree care professionals to proactively and effectively manage our trees. The success of the ufmp relies on the public's input.

The goal of the program is to help guide the planting, care, protection, and sustainability of the city's urban trees. To ensure this program considers and incorporates resident priorities, the survey is provided for your voice to be heard. We want to know where focus should be placed as the program is continually improved.

We want to know what you know and how you feel about trees in the City of Encinitas. We also want your input on the value of a vigorous and engaged urban forestry program in meeting the city's commitment to sustain a healthy urban forest.

"me and my tree” 

Click here to view albumEmail in a photo of yourself with your favorite tree to [email protected] or add it to the album here or by clicking the photo below.  Photos emailed in will be posted within one week as received. 

Click the image below to view the "Me and My Tree" submittals or to add your own!

Me and My Tree

Pictured above, Chris Kallstrand and Daughter - "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is NOW"

About UFAC

The Urban Forest Advisory Committee (UFAC) is composed of members of the community with interest and expertise in urban forestry.  This group advises and works together with the City Arborist to review and provide comments on City plans and policies related to urban forestry, including updates to the various aspects of the City’s Urban Forest Management Program and Administrative Manual, and, other things such as:

  1. Review and provide comments on Tree Plans prior to consideration by the City Council.
  2. Review and provide comments on the Approved Tree Species Master List prior to consideration by the City Council.
  3. Review and provide comments to the City Arborist on proposed City Tree removals except in the case of emergency removals.
  4. Advise City Staff regarding programs of public outreach and education in order to promote public understanding of the City’s urban forest, including programs to celebrate and promote Arbor Day.
  5. Review and consider Heritage Tree applications in consultation with the City Arborist, and shall make recommendations to the Planning Commission.
  6. Review and provide comments to the City Arborist on proposed changes to the City’s Urban Forest Management Program.

The UFAC meetings will be open to the public, and will convene no less frequently than quarterly.
For more information on the Urban Forest Management Program: /Government/Departments/Public-Works/Field-Operations/Urban-Forest-Management-Program
Committee Contact: Chris Kallstrand, City Arborist 


The Street Maintenance Section of Public Works proactively cares for the City of Encinitas' right- of- way trees using standards set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture.  The Street Maintenance Section provides tree care and maintenance for City owned trees in the right -of- way including routine trimming, planting and removal of dead and diseased trees.  Tree trimming is performed to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased limbs and remove potential hazards to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular traffic, buses and emergency vehicles.  The Street Maintenance Section organizes, plans and oversees the annual contractual tree maintenance program.  Please check out our Tree Tracker Application to see if a tree is City owned or privately owned,  view a tree's species type, and the scheduled maintenance of a tree.
Encinitas Tree Tracker App

Learn all about city-maintained trees with this interactive map, which includes everything from pruning schedules to species specifics.