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Los Angeles County Community Forest Management Plan

crafting a bold, sustainable vision for Los Angeles County’s community forests to the benefit of generations to come

Public comment for the CFMP has closed. The CFMP is currently being finalized.

Why do we need a CFMP?

Our community forest is a part of our infrastructure.

Like our power lines or transportation systems, trees provide vital services that all of us rely on.

Unlike most infrastructure, trees offer a wide variety of different benefits – everything from shade and cooling to mental and physical health benefits to biodiversity and food production and so much more.

And much like trees themselves, investments we make in trees today will grow over time, as mature trees provide more benefits than the resources needed to manage them.

The Benefits of Trees

Cleaner Air

Trees absorb pollutants and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Connecting with Neighbors

Trees can encourage civic pride while tree plantings provide opportunities for community involvement.

Shade and Cooling

Trees provide not only shade but also cooling due to evapotranspiration from leaves.

Rainwater Capture

Trees capture rainfall, recharging groundwater supplies and helping prevent stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean.

Saving Energy

Shade trees can lower air conditioning costs, which in turn lowers carbon emissions.


Trees add character to our communities with their colors, flowers, textures, and shapes.

Wildlife Habitat

Trees support the lives of many wildlife and insect species and provide them with food, shelter, and nesting sites.

Healthier Communities

Trees improve mental and physical health and well-being in many ways, including by decreasing respiratory illnesses and encouraging outdoor recreation.

Equitable Canopy Cover

Frequently, the communities in the County that need trees the most have the least amount of space for them in parkways, sidewalk planter strips, and medians. The lack of urban green space and tree canopy is due partly to discriminatory policies such as historic redlining and systemic under-investment in certain communities.

Swipe the slider left and right to see a community with and without trees.

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