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City seeks to set ‘greening’ goals, develop ‘urban forest’ plan

Tree, Japanese Maple. Photo by Luke Otterstad
Tree, Japanese Maple. Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel

It’s called the Citrus Heights Urban Greening Strategy (CHUGS), and it’s a project to incorporate “urban greening” principles into City regulations and operations. The strategy includes development of a 25-year Urban Forest Master Plan to guide the management of public trees and foster a sustainable tree canopy across the city — and community input is being sought.

“The City of Citrus Heights recognizes the value of urban trees and landscaping for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing community,” reads a flier for a Tuesday-night community workshop. “We’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas as we begin developing the goals and objectives for CHUGS.”

[Related: Citrus Heights wins ‘Greenprint’ award from Tree Foundation]

Tracing its roots back to 2012, when California’s Strategic Growth Council awarded the City a $207,000 grant for development of a urban greening strategy, City staff began by creating a detailed inventory of all publicly owned trees in Citrus Heights.

The urban forest inventory documented a total of 27,994 public trees, split between City-maintained trees and those maintained by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, according to a fact sheet posted on the City’s website. The City also found 175 unique species of trees, with aesthetic benefits to property value and retail being estimated at nearly $1.3 million.

[Read the six-page tree inventory report here:]

The City says it will be working to develop a vision for urban greening in 2015, as well as developing the Urban Forest Master Plan and a water-efficient landscape ordinance. The City’s website also shows staff will be working to develop native and drought-tolerant policies for landscaping, as well as a related update to the zoning code.

The community workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 31, 2015, in the Citrus Heights Civic Center’s Trellis Hall at 6237 Fountain Square Drive. Those seeking more information are invited to call 916-727-4740, or visit the CHUGS page on the City’s website.

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