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Anapamu Street Italian Stone Pine Pruning and Removals

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Contact

Nathan Slack
Urban Forest Superintendent
(805) 564-5592
NSlack@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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Staff will discuss replanting efforts at multiple upcoming public meetings. See the schedule below for more details. 

The historic Italian stone pines along East Anapamu Street have been an iconic part of Santa Barbara's landscape for more than 115 years. So much so that in 1997, the City Council voted to designate the trees as a City Landmark called the Doremus Pine Trees, in honor of Parks Commissioner Dr. A Boyd Doremus, who planted the first trees in 1908. 

Over the past century, the aging trees have faced increased stress, including drought, disease, and impacts from urban development. As many of the oldest trees near the end of their life, the rate of tree and limb failures has increased, posing a threat to public safety.

While the trees are monitored regularly due to their age and size, a comprehensive assessment was conducted on the Italian stone pines in April 2024 to determine each tree's overall health and structural stability. Based on the results of the assessment, the City’s Urban Forestry staff identified five trees requiring removal to protect public safety. Staff hope to begin replanting the street in early 2025 following public meetings this summer and fall.

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Public Meetings

Multiple public meetings will discuss replanting efforts, including whether the Italian stone pine should remain the designated street tree.

July 17, 2024 - Historic Landmarks Commission 
July 24, 2024 - Parks and Recreation Commission
August 1, 2024 - Street Tree Advisory Committee
September 5, 2024 - Street Tree Advisory Committee
September 26, 2024 - Parks and Recreation Commission

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