Fremont Urban & Community Forestry Grants
In 2019, the City of Fremont received Urban & Community Forestry Proposition 68 Grant Funds to:
Establish Fremont's first Urban Forestry Master Plan for all trees in streets and parks, including a 40-year plan horizon for planning the creation of a healthy and expanded urban forest
In the next two years, plant 250 new trees, of which 84 of them will be in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Fremont
Conduct a thorough inventory and assessment of over 70,000 public trees
Establish an education and outreach program to teach property owners the value and benefits of trees, and how to care for and manage their trees
Hold training programs for tree contractors doing business in Fremont to ensure trees are getting the best care and to promote healthy, long-lived trees
Establish a community Tree Advisory Committee to help bring awareness and to promote the urban forest, help communicate values and benefits of trees to a diverse population, and to assist with tree disputes and appeals
Count on many new activities in the coming years around trees, the urban forest, and the expansion of one of Fremont's most precious assets. Tree program updates are available here: https://www.fremont.gov/government/departments/urban-forestry/urban-forest-plan
What is missing from the Urban Forest plan is a city budget and the direction of Fremont's City Council to follow urban tree ordinances that already are in place. Currently street trees are being cut down, incorrectly pruned or topped causing early tree demise. Also street tree replacement ordinances are unenforced because there is no budget or city staff to address this. The staff of three is only able to do so much in a city of our size.
Please support a larger and robust urban forestry program by letting City Council know. Also, tell the permitting department to require street trees be in place before they sign off on remodels where street trees are required in the ordinances.
Using practical guidance urban designers and local residents are working together to link local parks, greenways, street trees, stormwater basins, commercial landscaping, and backyards to support biodiversity while making cities better places to live.
“While we are seeing big, bold plans to tackle climate change, by House Democrats, 2020 presidential candidates, and even city governments, these plans are preliminary, and will take time to implement. But there’s one thing that can be done that combats the heat, cleans the air, and that just makes cities more pleasant to live: planting trees.”
“When it come to promoting human health, not all green spaces are created equal. That’s the conclusion of new Australian research, which finds higher levels of wellness in areas marked by one particular manifestation of the natural world: leafy trees.”