ENCINITAS, CA - The City of Encinitas has been recognized for its commitment to thoughtful care and preservation of its urban tree canopy. The winning nomination was submitted by Encinitas resident Carol Wolf in recognition of the city's recent enactment of a new ordinance and creation of the city's comprehensive Urban Forest Management Program.
"I'm really proud of Encinitas and our city's forward momentum in maintaining and protecting our urban forest," said Wolf in response to her nomination's success. "I'm glad the city will be recognized for it!"
The SOS - Save our Shade Award was given to Encinitas by the California Urban Forests Council, an organization that was established to support sustainable urban and community forests in California.
"The City of Encinitas is a great example of how a public agency can work with its community to support healthy urban tree canopies," said Nancy Hughes, executive director of California Urban Forests Council. "They have done great work in addressing issues and creating opportunities to care for the trees of Encinitas and support a community of residents, property owners and guests."
In April, the Encinitas City Council adopted an ordinance and policy establishing new methods for protecting and regulating its more than 15,000 city trees, which included the creation of a city arborist position and Urban Forest Advisory Committee. The new ordinance also stipulated that tree maintenance must comply with the city's Urban Forest Management Program; that tree management must consider long-term sustainability and enhancement of the urban forest; and that best practices must be followed to protect existing trees from the impacts of development. The ordinance and policy also establishes the Heritage Tree program, providing additional protections to those trees' community significance.
Wolf closed her nomination with a commendation for the City of Encinitas for working to find alternative, collaborative solutions for the urban canopy concerns and creating a position to advocate for trees.
The City of Encinitas is only one of three organizations to be honored with the SOS award this year. A total of 18 awards will be given across eight categories at an award ceremony on August 23, 2017 in San Rafael, Calif.
For more information about the California Urban Forests Council and the SOS Award, visit www.caufc.org.