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LA appoints its first City Forest Officer

The post has been created to oversee the growth of Los Angeles’ urban forest and help the city reach its goal to plant 90,000 trees by 2021. 

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Los Angeles’ Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Rachel Malarich as LA’s first-ever City Forest Officer.

 

The post has been created to oversee the growth of Los Angeles’ urban forest and help the City reach its goal to plant 90,000 trees by 2021.

 

“Every tree we plant can help stem the tide of the climate crisis, and when we expand our urban forest, we can sow the seeds of a healthier, more sustainable future for communities across our city,” said Mayor Garcetti.

Mayor Garcetti created the post of City Forest Officer within the Board of Public Works to help implement the urban forestry goals outlined in LA’s Green New Deal. These include planting 90,000 trees by 2021 and increasing tree canopy by at least 50 per cent by 2028 in areas with the least shade, which tend to be the City’s hottest, low-income communities.

 

Expanding the urban forest


Malarich will be responsible for spearheading the development of a city-wide Urban Forest Management Plan and ensuring all of the City’s departments and external partners use an integrated approach.

 

LA’s Green New Deal goals include planting 90,000 trees by 2021 and increasing tree canopy by at least 50 per cent by 2028.


“Trees do more than contribute to the look and feel of our neighbourhoods — they are a key tool to protect vulnerable populations, improve public health, and enhance community well-being for all Angelenos,” said Malarich. “I am honoured to serve our great city under the Mayor’s leadership to help manage and expand our urban forest and prepare Los Angeles to confront the rising crisis of climate change.”

Malarich spent over a decade with Tree People, where she served as the Director of Forestry for more than three years, and worked as the Assistant Director of Environmental Services for Koreatown Youth and Community Center. Malarich is a certified arborist and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

 

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