The Brentwood Park Tree Committee was formed in the 1970’s to preserve and protect our wooded park-like neighborhood.

Education is the Tree Committee’s most important job. With the publication of “On Dying Trees, Growing & Tending Trees, & How to Stop Killing & Start Preserving the Great Trees of Brentwood Park”, an attempt was made to explain how we residents were contributing to the deaths of many old treasured trees and what we could do to save them. “The Trees of Brentwood Park” was published in 1994 by your Association for the same reason, as well as to demonstrate the diversity and beauty of our unique urban forest. It is distributed to every member of the BPPOA at no charge, as a benefit of membership.

Purchase  “Trees of Brentwood Park” on Amazon.com

Trees of Brentwood Park: Including a History & Map of the Area, a Photographic Gallery of the Trees, a Complete Index By Common Name, & a Guide to the 450 Residences and Their Trees

Another of the Tree Committee’s valuable contributions is the recommendation of well-trained, licensed and insured arborists, tree trimmers, pest and disease control experts as well as irrigation specialists. Many tree trimmers are not well-trained. They do not follow established International Society of Arboriculture or ANSI 300 guidelines. They often inflict serious, irreversible damage to trees at great cost to residents and the neighborhood alike.

 

City Maintenance of The Circles

The Tree Committee works with the City of Los Angeles Street Tree Division to insure proper maintenance of the traffic circles and street trees.

Over the years the Tree Committee has planted hundreds of trees throughout the Park.

Brentwood Park was annexed by the city of Los Angeles for the sole purpose of maintaining all the circles in the Park. However, the Association maintains trees in the Park by paying National Arbor Service to spray trunks of trees to prevent disease and feed Eucalyptus, Coral and all trees on the Circles, as well as maintain the  Pear trees on the north side of San Vicente.
The maintenance of all the circles in Brentwood Park, such as landscaping and mowing, is the sole responsibility of the City.

 

Trees and Developers

In response to the declining Oak population, the City of Los Angeles enacted an Oak tree protection ordinance in 1982.  Although the ordinance slowed the Oak tree decline, the Oak population, and other native tree species, continued to be reduced in number. In an effort to further slow the decline of native tree habitat, the City amended the two Los Angeles Municipal Code sections pertaining to Oak trees in April 2006. The amended codes became law on April 23, 2006.

The amended law:

  • Protects all native Oak tree species (Quercus spp), California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), California Bay (Umbellularia californica), and California Black Walnut (Juglans californica)
  • Trees four inches or greater in diameter at 4.5’ above ground (DBH)
  • Multiple trunk trees are calculated by cumulative diameter
  • Trees on any lot size are protected

Removing these trees requires a permit by the Board of Public Works. However, some developers might violate the ordinance. Please report all violations to the Board of Public Works at (800) 996-2489. Contact Information on website: http://bss.lacity.org/contact.html

Los Angeles Urban Forestry Division Website

Check out The Tree Resource, a site maintained by Lisa Smith

Below is a list of licensed, insured, qualified arborists, as well as tree pruners and a horticultural pest control company.

ARBORISTS:

American Society of Consulting Arborists: Directory
Lisa Smith: 310-663-2290
Silva Blackstone: 323-255-1983
John Lynch: Arborvitae Tree Care 818-504-9619
Nick Mook: 818-943-4451

TREE PRUNERS:

Mark Dunning: The Tree Men, Inc. 310-454-6871
Lyle Harper: Harper Tree Service 310/472-4550
Jerry’s Tree Service: 310-261-0393
Aaron Landworth: LandDesign West 310/453-1180
Floyd Leverton: 310-617-6149
Newhouse Tree Service: 310-473-7705
Timberland Tree Service: 310-673-0721

HORTICULTURAL PEST CONTROL

National Arbor Service: 818-984-3670

The Brentwood Beautification Fund

The Brentwood Beautification Fund is administered through the California Community Foundation at 445 South Figueroa Street #3400, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1638. Your contributions to the fund will support some of our projects. These contributions are tax deductible under IRS code 501(c)(3).

San Vicente Boulevard, once a route for the Red Car and a bridle path, was formed into a city park district in the 40’s. The Coral Tree, a native of South Africa, was selected to grace the median of Brentwood’s “main street.”  It is believed that  Hugh Evans, owner of the well known Evans and Reeves Nursery on Barrington, was the first to plant these magnificent trees in Los Angeles.

The Coral Trees have since been declared the Official Tree of Los Angeles and in 1976, the San Vicente Corals, which began as cuttings from the tree in Evan’s exotic Santa Monica garden, were designated a Cultural Historic Monument #148.By 1982, the Coral Trees were collapsing at an alarming rate.  The City was pruning every 7 years despite experts insistence that they be pruned annual to preserve them.  In response, the Brentwood Community SOS Coral Tree non profit raised funds for proper maintenance.

In 2010, due to the City budget, care has been eliminated for the Coral Trees. It is URGENT that we provide a permanent endowment to care for and protect our trees.  Please help ensure Brentwood’s legacy by donating generously.

Please Donate to Brentwood 90049

Click the DONATE button at:
www.brentwoodcommunitycouncil.org

Updated Coral Tree News via Jeff Hall at Brentwood New: Whither Brentwood’s Coral Trees

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