· Street Tree Planting Project
· Tree Preservation
· Tree Maintenance in Emeryville
· Climate Resilient Street Tree List
Street Tree Planting Project
This project promotes beautification by planting street trees. Street trees are good for communities in many ways because these trees:
For more information, contact Public Works at (510) 596-4330.
The city is actively promoting the on-going program to replace current trees, provide for installation of new trees, improve tree wells, and replace tree grating. In an average year, the city loses 5-7 trees to automobile knock-downs or pest infections.
The city has also identified several areas where new street trees can be added, in addition to the resident requests we receive for new installations. The City Council has placed priority on our community preservation and beautification. This project will provide funds to add, upgrade, and replace street trees in the city's rights of way and public parks.
For more information, view the Tree Preservation and Sidewalk Repair Ordinance.
Tree Maintenance in Emeryville
Responsibilities & Guidelines
The Public Works Department has the responsibility for maintaining all public trees in the city, the majority of which are located along city streets.The goal of the pruning is to make the public trees as safe and healthy as possible and to minimize any conflicts with pedestrians and vehicle traffic, traffic control devices, and signs and buildings. All pruning is performed according to the Tree Pruning Guidelines, developed by the International Society of Arboriculture.
During the pruning operation, the city staff attempts to achieve a minimum crown clearance of 14' over streets and 8' over sidewalks. All dead, dying, diseased, and hazardous branches are also removed along with any vines that may be growing into the tree. All branches are pruned back from buildings, away from street lights, and are cleared from utility lines that run from utility poles to a house.
During this pruning operation, trees are also checked for any structural problems. All structural problems will either be corrected, or if beyond repair, the tree will be evaluated for possible removal.
All newly-planted trees are given additional pruning during the first 2 years after planting. This pruning is to ensure the young tree develops with a strong branch structure. During the first 2 years, the tree stake will also be removed and the area around the tree re-mulched with wood chips.
Climate Resilient Street List for New Development Sites
The following list of recommended tree species is from Steve and Molly Batchelder of SBCA Tree Consulting and Emeryville’s current tree inventory, cross-referenced with the iTree GHG calculator. Low carbon sequesters have been eliminated from the list. Steve and Molly have gone through the list in March 2016 to update the recommendations for best species to plant in Emeryville. Drought tolerance and compatible growing conditions were prioritized. Developers and architects working on new development plans should consult this list of recommended tree species when selecting landscaping for their properties.
Should you have questions regarding any positing or work to be performed on street trees in front of your property, please contact Public Works at 510-596-4330.