Recognizing that trees represent a vital public resource in beautifying neighborhoods and encouraging community pride, the City maintains a strong Urban Forestry Program that oversees the maintenance and care of over 6,000 City-owned street trees within the public right-of-way and on City property. In addition to tree planting, trimming and removal, the program also reinforces public education on the benefits and importance of sustaining a healthy urban forest.
Refer to the "A Greener Temple City" brochure for additional benefits of the City's urban forest and a brief introduction to the new Tree Preservation and Protection Ordinance.
Over the past 10 years, the City has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and USDA Forest Service as a “Tree City USA.” The recognition is bestowed on communities that have enacted a tree care ordinance and comprehensive urban forestry program. Each year, the City also holds an annual Arbor Day Celebration for youth to promote tree education through plantings and other interactive activities.