Annual and Emergency Tree Trimming Policy
State Tidelands and Beaches
The Marine Bureau of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine shall follow the provisions of CDP 5-08-187, issued by the California Coastal Commission on February 11, 2009, for the annual and emergency tree trimming activities within the State Jurisdiction coastal zones at: Downtown Shoreline, Alamitos Bay Marina, Marine Stadium, Colorado Lagoon, and other state tidelands and beaches within the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the protection of bird nesting habitat protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the long-term protection of breeding, roosting, and nesting habitat of state and federally listed bird species, California bird species of special concern, and bird species that play an especially valuable role in the ecosystem. The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is obligated to trim trees within the marine environment for the safety of the public and the protection of property.
The trimming or removal of any tree that has been used for breeding and nesting within the past five years, determined by a qualified biologist, shall be undertaken in compliance with all applicable codes or regulations of the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and shall be conducted under the parameters described below.