4 thoughts on “City of Long Beach Tree Replanting Master Plan (No more Cleveland Select Callery Pear Trees?)”

  1. The Tree Plan developed by the City, an Arborist, and select Community members, should be lauded.

    It shows how large-scale, long-term planning can be developed, resulting in a better City, at a reasonable cost. Further, it shows the value of Community involvement in planning.

    We look forward to similar success regarding the West End Beach entrances: upgrading the look and function of these entrances…our doors to the beaches and ocean.

  2. Hi Neighbors,
    Just seeing this for the first time.
    I was critical when I first started seeing the city of Long Beach planting pear trees around town. As I noted on this valuable blog, (Pear trees are more prone to cracking, snapping, and breaking than any other species of deciduous tree. I was critical due to the fact that Long Beach decided to plant these trees throughout parking lots, and walkways on congested thoroughfares.)
    I only got to look at the Long Beach Tree Replanting Master Plan for a 15 minutes on my break.
    I’ll be brief; Based on only 15 minutes of looking at it I would give this plan an 8 out of 10 (10 being highest). The planting choices are satisfactory. The applications aren’t worth a ten. For instance, The plan has NO Maple Trees designated for Maple Blvd. Did the designers even take into consideration our Streets and Blvd’s Names? They have a presentation sensationalizing the Acer Rubrum ‘(October Red Glory Red Maple’) Tree, and they don’t incorporate it into the blvd titled Maple Blvd? Or place a single Maple on Maple Blvd. Just Honey Locusts.
    I inquired to several city administrators following my Pear observations, and they did not even know when the Environmental committee (who I’m assuming is responsible for this) scheduled their meetings. I don’t know which farms, nurseries, arborists cultivated these specimens, because that simple data is missing from the presentation.
    Once the trees are planted, what is Long Beach’s plan for maintaining these trees? Will they use optimal compost tea (a Beneficial and liquid form of compost that can be applied to the flowers, fruits, foliage, stems, branches, trunks, as well as the roots) which is produced by an ideal local community of composters?

  3. Joey, we appreciate the questions from someone who has landscape training. Here are answers to your queasy potions thatt were provided at the a City Council meeting:

    – The team did not mention any plan to plant trees associated with street names. Instead, they made many comments about tree selection based on other factors: distance to Ocean, distance to curb and wind, distance to overhead electrical lines etc. So, they did consider many factors, apparently not street names.

    – The person who presented (with good arborist credentials) mentioned that they checked the specimen types with various outside organizations. The Commissioner mentioned that they checked availability with several vendors. Looks like they had a professional who contacted other sources to confirm decisions.

    – There was a question posed regarding maintenance. The Commissioner mentioned the dedication of a water truck to weekly maintenance, including substantial watering. Sounds like they are fully aware of this risk and attending to it in their roll-out plan.

    Bottom line: a professional developed the plan, using info from multiple sources, and recognizing maintenance needs at the time of planting and afterwards.

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