City of Bell Gardens – BG Urban Forest Management Plan & Tree Planting

This letter of support is for the City of Bell Gardens’ application for funding from the CalFire Urban & Community Forestry Program.

For immediate release:

November 19, 2021


Mr. Henry Herrera
Regional Urban Forester
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Grants Management Unit/Urban & Community Forestry
23300 Castle Street
Riverside, CA 92518


RE: City of Bell Gardens – BG Urban Forest Management Plan & Tree Planting

Dear Mr. Herrera,


I am pleased to submit this letter of support for the City of Bell Gardens’ application for funding from the CalFire Urban & Community Forestry Program. Through submittal of this application, the City strives to expand and enhance Bell Gardens’ urban forest to create a cleaner, greener, and healthier place for residents, especially those living in the most overburdened communities.


The Project will develop a 40-year urban forestry management plan to proactively and effectively manage the City’s urban forest and provide maximum benefits to the entire city and community. The Project will also plant 500 trees in empty tree wells along major arterials and residential streets. The selected tree species are drought resistant, smog resistant, and can process harmful emissions to produce clean air.


The proposed project ties closely with the spirit of the grant given the multi-benefit focus on important objectives such as: increasing Bell Gardens’ canopy cover and providing more shade for residents and buildings, slowing down vehicular traffic to increase pedestrian/cyclist safety, mitigating the urban heat island effect, reducing greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration, reducing stormwater runoff, and improving wildlife habitat among many others.


I am strongly supportive of the City’s efforts to create a better and safer environment through the proposed project. The proposed project will result in reduced GHG emissions and improved functionality of urban forests, arrest the decline of urban forest resources, address climate change resilience, improve the quality of the environment in urban areas, and optimize co-benefits to urban residents.


The special opportunity the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection offers to directly address the improvements needed in the City to enhance the overall quality of the environment is greatly appreciated. I look forward to the proposed enhancements and ask for your consideration as I gladly endorse the City of Bell Gardens’ “BG Urban Forest Management Plan & Tree Planting” project.


Sincerely,
CRISTINA GARCIA
CHAIR, LEGISLATIVE WOMEN’S CAUCUS
ASSEMBLYMEMBER, 58TH DISTRICT