Tree City USA
Updated December 23, 2009
Cerritos has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service every year since 1998. The honor is given to select cities throughout the country for their outstanding community forestry programs and commitment to their urban forest.
Since the City’s incorporation in 1956, the Public Works Department has planted more than 30,000 trees along City sidewalks and medians, next to freeway ramps and throughout the City’s many parks and recreation facilities. In Cerritos, nearly every home has a City tree planted in its parkway. Approximately 250 young trees are planted each year to replace those that are damaged by storms, age or accidents. Trees help clean the air and have also been shown to increase property values. Cerritos employs a full-time staff of specialists who nurture the City’s urban forest. The crew uses the latest techniques to ensure the health and beauty of the trees. For more information on street-tree care or the City’s tree ordinance, call the Public Works Department at (562) 916-1220.