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Fremont Trees Awarded Grant
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection awarded $860,000 to Fremont as part of the Urban & Community Forestry Proposition 68 grant. This will allow the City to:
- Establish Fremont’s first Urban Forestry Master Plan for all trees in streets and parks, including a 40-year plan horizon for planning the creation of a healthy and expanded urban forest,
- Conduct a thorough inventory and assessment of over 70,000 public trees,
- In the next two years, plant 250 new trees,
- Establish an education and outreach program to teach residents how to care for and manage their trees,
- Establish a community Tree Advisory Committee to help bring awareness and to promote the Urban Forest, help communicate values and benefits of trees to a diverse population, and to assist with tree disputes and appeals.
We look forward to a lot of new activities in the coming years around trees, the urban forest, and the expansion of one of Fremont’s most precious assets.
Fremont Staff Published in Arborist News
Fremont staff member Kit Jory published two articles in Arborist News:
- Cutting Urban Forest Budgets is Costing More than Money
- Maintaining the Urban Forest, Everyone’s Responsibility
28 Palms Neighborhood
On September 1, 2020, the two collection containers at Azeveda Park were permanently removed. These containers were a temporary measure to help the 28 Palms neighborhood manage palm tree debris.
It continues to be each resident’s responsibility to maintain the street tree(s) in front of their home including picking up the fronds and debris that may fall into the street.
How to Dispose of Palm Fronds
- Put Fronds in your Garbage Bin: Cut fronds so they fit in your bin and don’t stick out.
- Schedule a Free Bulky Item Pickup: Republic Services provides two free pickups to each Fremont household per year. Schedule a bulky pickup online at Republic Services or by calling (510) 657-3500.
- Pay to Self Haul to Public Disposal Facility: Residents can take palm fronds and other garbage to the waste disposal site at 41149 Boyce Road. Please note there is a minimum dump fee of $53.60.
Get Financial Help for Tree Work
Residents who have a palm street tree are eligible to participate in the City’s 50-50 Street Tree Program. This program reimburses the property owner for up to 50% ($750 maximum/tree with a maximum of two trees per property) of the cost to maintenance prune a permitted street tree(s). In addition to pruning, any property owner wishing to remove and replace a palm street tree with an issued permit will be eligible for the 50-50 Street Tree Program. Please note work must be completed by an Approved Contractor. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The City values the role each resident plays in keeping the neighborhoods attractive and neat and improving the livability of Fremont.
Fremont is a Tree City USA
This distinction is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to cities that care for their community of trees through a viable tree management plan and program. Our trees provide us: clean air and water, shade and beauty to name but a few benefits. Imagine what our City would look like without them.
The Difference Trees Make
The Tree Preservation Ordinance (FMC 18.215) recognizes that trees contribute to the attractiveness and livability of the City of Fremont, provide environmental benefits, add to property values, and contribute to the livelihood of the overall City’s urban forest.