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Community Forest Advisory Board

Tree Planting

The City's award-winning Community Forest Advisory Board is charged with advising the Mayor on all policy issues relating to urban forestry. There are fourteen board members appointed by the Mayor and the City Council.

History

The Community Forest Advisory Board was established in 1999 to provide advice and recommendations directly to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on all policy issues relating to urban forestry. The vision statement for the Board is to "create mechanisms for establishing, advocating and stewarding, in perpetuity, a healthy urban forest and thereby a healthy, attractive and prosperous city." The board was tasked with advocating for proactive urban forestry policies, ordinances and guidelines.

Board Members

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The Community Forest Advisory Board is comprised of fourteen members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council and represents community members who have a particular insight into local community forest issues. The staff of the City's Office of Small Business, in addition to their department responsibilities, serves as staff to the board, carrying out specific projects initiated by the board.

Additionally, staff from Development Services, Park and Recreation, Code Compliance and Streets regularly participate in an advisory capacity.

What Types of Issues Does the Board Address?

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Promoting a healthy urban forest is high on the list of issues that the Community Forest Advisory Board addresses. To achieve this, the board is tasked with preparing a comprehensive urban forestry master plan and tree inventory, reviewing urban forestry related policies and programs, networking with other boards, agencies and community residents, acting as a general information resource, and promoting volunteerism, reviewing the implementation and compliance with urban forestry policies and programs, seeking funding for the establishment and sustaining of an urban forestry program, and promoting and fostering a strong sense of community through urban forestry.

Meetings

The Community Forest Advisory Board usually meets each month and any member of the public is invited to attend. Individuals and representatives of community groups may appear before the board to relate challenges impacting residents that are either caused by or can be resolved by the Community Forest Advisory Board or the City of San Diego.

Meetings Times and Locations

The Community Forest Advisory Board meets the second Wednesday of each month and any member of the public is invited to attend. Meetings convene at 11:45 a.m. in the City Administration Building -12th Floor, conference room A.

Current Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Contact

For more information on the Community Forest Advisory Board and upcoming meeting agendas, contact Alissa Gabriel at (619) 236-6460 or agabriel@sandiego.gov.