The Urban Forestry Division administers the long-term urban forestry policies for the City and conducts plan review for all new development. It is guided by an overall vision to sustain and enhance a livable community with an extensive, thriving urban forest that provides multiple community benefits.
The Urban Forestry Division is a part of the Beautification Committee and is responsible for the annual re-certification of the City's "Tree City USA" status. It also coordinates the annual Arbor Day and Make A Difference Day celebrations. Urban Forestry Division also maintains all of the City's street, park, trail, and trees in city-owned right of way, and in Landscape Lighting Districts, oversees the protection of Valley Oak trees and the Street Tree ordinance.
Make A Difference Day 2013
Looking to make a difference, but not sure where to start? Join us!
The largest national day of community service is once again being celebrated in Visalia as Make A Difference Day is recognized Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Driven on the national level by USA Weekend and Points of Light, and brought locally to the community by the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department and the Urban Tree Foundation, we are seeking volunteers for multiple revitalization projects:
- Planting 600 trees and 75 shrubs at St. John's River (On Santa Fe Road)
- Spreading chip at Sunset Park
- Replacing blue fescue with lirope at Riverway Sports Park
- Add multiple trees throughout Plaza Park
- Paint arbor and benches at Community Campus
- Paint block wall at Twin Homes on Houston
To sign up as a volunteer for one of these projects, contact Melissa Tracy at 559-713-4508 or by email at MTracy@ci.visalia.ca.us. You can also sign up by visiting Make A Difference Day online and clicking on one of the City of Visalia projects. Thank you for helping us make a difference!
The City of Visalia Landscape Standard Specifications, in conjunction with the City of Visalia Landscape Standard Plans, apply to and regulate all landscape, irrigation and other related improvements to be placed in the public rights-of-way and/or to be maintained by the City of Visalia. For the 2013 document, click here: Landscape Standard Specifications