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Archived News Release from 2006

For Immediate Release

This Saturday, Mayor Barbara Pierce Asks the Community to “Rise to the Occasion” by Applying to Serve on Community Task Force on Tree Policies

Redwood City, CA - February 1 , 2006 - At a special event this Saturday, Redwood City Mayor Barbara Pierce will ask Redwood City residents to “Rise to the Occasion” and consider applying to serve on the Community Task Force on Tree Policies.

The Mayor will be joined by other Council members as they literally rise up in a City “lift truck” to unveil a banner encouraging community participation. This event will take place Saturday, February 4th at 10 am, at the Public Works Services parking lot located at 1400 Broadway, near the corner of Broadway and Woodside Road. Heavy rain will cancel the event.

Redwood City’s urban forest is an integral part of the community’s quality of life, providing shade and beautiful streets and complementing homes and property values, while helping to make neighborhoods unique. The City understands this, and at the same time recognizes that preservation of street trees can sometimes be at odds with sidewalk maintenance and repair, and with the perspectives of some homeowners and residents. The City’s ordinances regarding street trees have not been updated in several years, so today Redwood City announces the intent to form a Community Task Force on Tree Policies, and seeks applicants for appointment to this important new committee.

Up to 23 community members will be appointed to the Task Force by the City Council and will meet twice a month starting in March for an estimated six months. Interested Redwood City residents are encouraged to apply by going to www.redwoodcity.org/treetaskforce for an application and further information. An application packet can also be requested by calling 780-7220. The application deadline is 5:00 pm, February 13th 2006.

The Task Force will review and make recommendations to the City Council on issues related to how the City and the community live with and maintain the urban forest, including:

  • the existing street tree preservation measures;
  • conflicts between the preservation of street trees and the removal/repair/installation of sidewalks;
  • tree planting objectives and policies, including species selection;
  • possible changes to existing City ordinances for regulation/protection of trees on private property;
  • the City’s tree requirements and standards for new development.

More information and the application for the Community Task Force for Tree Policies are available at www.redwoodcity.org/treetaskforce, or by calling 780-7464. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government. Subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter by sending an email to e-news@redwoodcity.org

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Contact:
Peter Ingram
Public Works Director
650-780-7464

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