An urban forest is the public property of all residents, and is managed as a public resource. The Parks Division regulates all planting, pruning and removal of trees in the public easement. This includes parkways (the space between the sidewalk and the curb) where most trees are located.
In some neighborhoods, the sidewalk is adjacent to the curb, and the easement is situated in the area between the house and the sidewalk. Residents must obtain a permit to plant, prune or remove a tree located in a parkway or easement. There is no charge for this permit.
Tree Pruning Management Plan
The City of Ventura Urban Forestry Program is responsible for the pruning and maintenance of the City’s 30,000 public trees through a management plan that calls for pruning most or all of the trees within the city’s 24 pruning zones over a six-year period. Based upon staffing, funding and specific tree needs, yearly and long-term work plans are being developed with the goals of:
●pruning most or all of the trees within a given geographic region or zone
●targeting a specific number of zones for pruning each year
● for a targeted zone-pruning cycle of 6 years.
While it is our goal to prune all public trees, especially residential trees, within that 6 year cycle, there may be years where extenuating circumstances require recalculated decisions that could alter the length of time between pruning cycles. Our current 6-year projection of Zone Pruning can be viewed using this interactive and searchable map.
Have questions regarding whether or not the public tree in front of your home is a candidate for removal? If so please review our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for answers to most of the common tree removal questions our office receives.
Citywide Indian Laurel Fig Tree Removal Program
The City of Ventura's Urban Forestry Program is beginning its third year of actively reducing the population of Indian Laurel fig trees from the City's Urban Forest. The challenges with these trees have been well documented and the City is committed to removing and replacing these problematic trees with a more appropriate tree species. View Citywide Indian Laurel Fig Tree Removal FAQs (PDF).
Some tree species such as Ficus and Olive create problems that are unacceptable to many residents. These species are being evaluated for replacement on a street-by-street basis. As these trees are removed, new species will be planted that are more compatible with the streetscape.
Trees will be located to avoid underground and overhead utility lines. Each street will continue to have an approved tree species, and trees will be varied across the City to help reduce the severity of disease outbreaks.