Since the inception of Beverly Hills, trees have been a defining characteristic of our neighborhoods and an asset to creating a high standard of living for our residents. Now, the City is in the process of creating an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) to better manage this community asset, and grow a healthy urban forest for years to come. The aim of a UFMP is to promote the sustainability of trees in the City in a way that maximizes their environmental benefits, while maintaining the City’s established safety and economic goals. When completed, this document supports a measureable planning framework that will support the City’s urban forest over the next 20-30 years.
The UFMP will look at the condition of the City’s trees, management practices, policies and ordinances, and funding and provide an assessment of whether they are functioning at an optimal level, and provide recommendations where needed for improvement. Additionally, the City is including a chapter of this plan dedicated to assessing the severe fire hazard area north of Sunset Blvd., to ensure the City’s trees are contributing to a fire safe community.
A key aspect of creating a UFMP is ensuring that it reflects the values of the City and its residents. To that extent, the City of Beverly Hills is asking for your input in this process, and the priorities you have for your community. First, the City has created an online survey in English and Spanish with questions directed towards learning more about how you view trees, concerns for you neighborhood, and understanding of the urban forest. The City will also be holding community meetings for you to attend in person and give direct feedback on the management and future of the urban forest in Beverly Hills.
To learn more about the Beverly Hills Urban Forest Management Plan, and the process in creating this document, please view the webinar at the link below. If you have any questions please contact us at AskPW@beverlyhills.org or (310) 285-2467.