Community Forest Advisory Committee

The Community Forest Advisory Committee is an appointed committee that works with the City to promote and improve the urban forest. Made up of community representatives from each Council District and City Departments' employees the community representatives are nominated by City Council members and appointed by the Mayor. City representatives include staff from Urban Forestry Division, Department of Water and Power, Recreation and Parks and other departments with tree-related issues.

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Our Mission

Achieve a healthy, safe, and enduring Los Angeles community forest ecosystem for the enjoyment and well being of all.

Duties of the committee include the following:

  • Advise City Council on tree issues.
  • Develop policies to expand and improve Los Angeles's urban forest.
  • Work with City Departments on procedures regarding planting, maintaining and replacing trees.
  • Help community members work with the City on tree issues.
  • Work with non-profit and volunteer groups that also work to improve the urban forest and the ecology of Los Angeles.
  • Advocate for tree-related funding for Departments.
  • Review and comment on specific projects in the City.
  • Advocate for urban forestry.
  • Facilitate communication on tree-related issues with City Departments.
  • Meet monthly in Board of Public Works.

Tree Protection

What Is Urban Forest Management?

  • The protection and enhancement of urban forests and the natural resources and processes on which their health depend.
  • UFM is based on scientific principles that govern a natural ecosystem occurring in the midst of, and interacting with, city and human processes.
  • The effective and efficient management of this critical "green infrastructure" through leadership, sensitive planning, pro-active programs and education.

Benefits Of The Urban Forest

  • Energy savings-cooler air, cooler neighborhoods.
  • Public health benefits from cleaner air.
  • Leaves slow down rainwater and reduce costs of storm water management.
  • Trees increase property values, stimulate business, enhance wildlife habitat and beautify our City.

Protected Trees

Monthly Meetings

We currently meet on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings begin at 1:00 pm, and are held in City Hall, 200 N. Spring St, Room 361. Call (213) 978-0274 for information on the next meeting.

Public parking is available near City Hall. If you would like to arrange for free parking, please call your City Council Member's office. Public comment is welcome and encouraged during the "Public Comment" section of each meeting.

Join Us

The Community Forest Advisory Committee is composed entirely of volunteers and we need your help! If you'd like more information about how you can get involved in CFAC, please contact us at (213) 978-0274.

Questions about Trees

In the City of Los Angeles, trees, plants and shrubs in streets, parkways and other public ways are planted and maintained by the City of Los Angeles Urban Forestry Division. A permit is required to trim branches or roots of a street tree, or to remove a street tree. Removal is only approved if the tree is dead or dying, or is creating a hazardous condition. If there is any question as to whether your tree is a street tree, contact the Urban Forestry Division at (213) 847-3077.

For more in-depth information on Street Tree guidelines, or for any of following questions, we recommend you visit the Urban Forestry Division website:

  • What do I do if my parkway tree is dead or diseased?
  • What do I do if my parkway tree is in a hazardous condition?
  • What do I do if my parkway tree needs pruning?
  • How do I obtain a permit to trim my street tree?
  • How do I trim a tree properly?
  • How do I repair the damage to the sidewalk caused by my street tree?
  • I have a protected tree, and would like to trim ir or remove it.
  • Which type of trees are approved as street trees?
  • When will the Street Tree Department be trimming trees in my area?
  • I have questions or concerns regarding trimming scheduled on my street.
  • If you have questions regarding planting, care and maintenance on trees that are not Street Trees, we recommend you contact an arborist certified by the International Society of Aboriculture (ISA). You can search for an ISA certified arborist in your area, and find advice on tree care at the ISA website.

    Most arborists charge for their services by the hour. Your local nursery is also a good resource for questions regarding tree types recommended for different planting conditions and care and maintenance for existing trees.

    Many other tree question can be answered by the various organizations listed on our links page.

Contact

If you have any suggestions or need more information about our projects, our committee, please feel free to contact us at:

Commmunity Forest Advisory Committee (CFAC)
c/o Board of Public Works
200 N. Spring St., Rm. 361
Mail Stop 465
Los Angeles, CA

Useful Links

Los Angeles City & County Sites

Los Angeles Based Non-Profit Organizations

Groups And Organizations In California

US & State Government Sites

National Groups And Organizations

Help With Finding An Arborist

Schools And Universities

For Profit Company Sites

Others