After reading the letter “Arborist on a Tear” online as well as the printed version (“Artistic Director of Trees”) I feel compelled to respond with my perspective on the City of Santa Barbara’s tree policy regarding pruning. The city’s improved tree ordinance limits the extent of tree pruning within front-yard setbacks. The Department of Parks and Recreation’s fiduciary responsibility to residents warrants thorough insight into the community’s urban forest, which is comprised of thousands of trees both privately and publicly owned. They add to the value of our homes, streets, and community through their environmental, aesthetic, architectural, social, and economic benefits. Scientific research promotes proper pruning as part of the strategy to sustain healthy trees, so human beings may reap the rewards of the urban forest for maximum periods of time. Although Santa Barbara is not a pioneer in tree protection policies, it has decided to follow the direction of many other American cities. As an arborist and educator with a history of credibility and integrity, I am a supporter of our city supporting our urban forest.


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