ABOUT TREE SAN DIEGO
Tree San Diego is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing the quality and density of San Diego’s urban forest. We collaborate with local and state government agencies, nonprofits, community organizations and businesses to plant the right trees in the right places with the right care. We are committed to San Diego County’s urban forest for the benefit of people, the environment, and the future.
SAN DIEGO'S URBAN FOREST
An urban forest consists of the trees in a city's parks, private properties, nature preserves, wetlands, streets, and open spaces. Urban forests are measured by their canopy, which is the area covered by a tree's branches and leaves when viewed from above. Urban canopy is measured through aerial surveys and expressed as a percentage. In 2014, the city of San Diego found the urban canopy coverage within the city limits was 13%.
THE RIGHT TREES | THE RIGHT PLACES | THE RIGHT CARE
San Diego has a semi-arid, Mediterranean-like climate that is influenced by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the desert to the east. San Diego's climate is region-specific and is made up of numerous microclimates that are influenced by the topography; coastline, canyons, mountains, and deserts. Microclimates influence humidity, temperature, and rainfall totals, meaning trees that thrive in one region may not thrive in another. When Tree San Diego talks about planting the "right trees in the right places with the right care," it means that we select tree species based on where they are being planted. After a tree has been planted, Tree San Diego, partners, or community members will water, mulch, and monitor the health of the tree. Planting the right trees in the right places with the right care increases their chances of survival and maximizes their benefits to San Diego.