The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has authorized the contracting process for the planting of approximately 3,500 trees in county parks.
Supervisors voted 5-0 on May 19 to authorize the director of the county’s purchasing and contracting department to take the necessary steps to advertise and award contracts for the full tree program. The director of the county parks and recreation department has been appointed as the county officer responsible for administering contracts, and action by supervisors also revealed that the project was exempt from California Environmental review. Quality Act.
The Department of Parks and Recreation manages approximately 56,000 acres of land and 380 miles of multi-use trails at over 150 locations. While the trees provide shade, beauty, and habitat for wildlife, many trees are being lost due to drought or wood-boring insects and the county has implemented the comprehensive tree program that identifies priority areas where trees are needed. More than 22,000 trees have been planted in county parks since 2016.
“I am just extremely grateful for this comprehensive tree program,” said supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer.
The contracts provide for the purchase of approximately 3,500 trees from several suppliers as well as the removal of dead and diseased trees, the installation of sprinkler systems and the equipment necessary to plant and maintain the trees. Local nonprofit, service and volunteer groups will partner with the county department to plant some of the trees. The staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation will maintain the trees after they are planted.
The estimated cost of the contracts, including contingencies, is $ 2 million. Money from the general fund will be used for fees.
Tree planting is expected to begin in June 2021 and end in winter 2022.