In partnership with CAL FIRE and the Green House Gas Reduction Fund, the city will be planting 500 more trees in the next two years, while still maintaining our water conservation goals. It is expected this grant will fully fund the planting of 1,000 trees and the creation of a first-ever Urban Forestry Master Plan. In 2014, a city-wide tree inventory was conducted and it was determined there were approximately 350 vacant tree sites. It is the city's goals to fill in those vacancies and remove and replace all dead trees by 2019. These trees will be planted in front of homes (within utility easements), in our parks, and in our schools. So far, we have planted 500 trees within the city limits, parks and schools.
The city values the importance of having trees in our community. In February 2016, the city of Patterson, for the first time was awarded the prestigious award of Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. However, we do recognize the hardship that this important tree replacement program may place on property owners and residents. Therefore, we encourage and propose an open dialogue process with city staff, to allow for concerns and objections to the program to be discussed accurately. On December 6, 2016, the City Council approved exceptions to address these concerns.
If you have received a tree planting notification and you have questions or concerns, please call Public Works at (209) 895-8060.