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State forestry officials dig Santa Clarita's tree management

Posted: January 19, 2010 3:46 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2010 8:00 a.m.
 
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, city of Santa Clarita officials provided California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) representatives with a demonstration of its tree inventory and Arbor Pro software.

Cal Fire selected Santa Clarita to present the demo to provide state foresters with an example of a city eligible for the state's Urban Forestry Inventory Grant program.

The city provided examples of how it uses Arbor Pro software to manage the health, location and quantity of Santa Clarita's extensive tree population.

City staff also explained how local urban forestry efforts benefit the local community in regards to air quality, storm water and energy savings.

"The city is thrilled that the California Department of Forestry and Fire chose Santa Clarita as an example of a city eligible for its Inventory Grant program," Mayor Laurene Weste said. "Their visit is a testament to the dedication of the city's Urban Forestry staff toward maintaining Santa Clarita's tree-friendly status."

The California Department of Forestry and Fire's Inventory Grant program provides approximately $1.5 million in grant funding to cities, counties and districts in need of implementing or adding to an urban forestry or street tree inventory program.

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