IRVINE, CA (April 18, 2013): Some 64,880 trees just became stars as the City of Irvine has been recognized as a 2012 Tree City USA. That is the number of public trees maintained within the 66-square-mile City.
“Trees help define the beauty and master-planning of our City,” said Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. “They are found along road medians, used as shade in parks, serve as historic windows of eucalyptus from the agricultural days, and provide coverage along bikeways and other trails. We love our trees.”
The recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation is given to cities that have “effective urban forest management,” according to the nonprofit organization. “Trees are vital to the public infrastructure of cities and towns throughout the country, providing numerous environmental, social and economic benefits.” Among the most popular City of Irvine trees are pines, sycamore, sweetgum, Crape Myrtle and ficus.
The number of City-maintained trees does not include the tens of thousands of privately owned trees and those maintained at universities, colleges, golf courses and the hundreds of HOA’s within Irvine.
This is the 23rd year the City of Irvine has earned the national designation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.