City of La Cañada Flintridge is a “Tree City USA”. The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home. Trees are essential to the character and charm of La Cañada Flintridge. The City goes to great lengths to protect trees on private property and within the public right of way. To that end, the City has elected to adopt ordinances that protect private and public trees. The City has also adopted the Tree Preservation and Protection Guidelines to help homeowners care for their trees.
Trees in Public Right of Way
Trees and shrubs in the “public right-of-way” are regulated by Chapter 4.24 of the Municipal Code. Due to the rural nature of many of the streets in the City, it is sometimes difficult to know if a tree is in the public right-of-way or if it is on private property. Before any work is done to a tree, please check with the Public Works Department at 818-790-8882 to determine whether it is on public or private property. It may take up to seven business days to verify a tree location if a site visit is required. Please allow adequate time to prevent any delays for your ongoing project.
To preserve and continuously maintain trees to industry standards in the public right-of-way, the City has a 5-Year Grid Trimming Program in place. The program ensures that all 15,000 trees in the public right-of-way are trimmed at least once every five years. This ensures that all trees remain healthy while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing look throughout the City.
If you have questions or would like to report a City-owned tree-related matter, please contact the Public Works Department. You may use our online service request system or call 818-790-8882. If you would like to request that the City remove a City-owned tree on public property, submit the tree removal application to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in adopting a City-owned tree on public right of way, submit the Adopt A Tree Application to email@example.com.