RANCHO SANTA FE FOREST CANOPY
The community forests of the Rancho Santa Fe area consist of the trees,
interrelated vegetation, wildlife, and people living together in rural and suburban
communities. Sustaining a healthy and dynamic forest system is important to the
quality of life in these communities. A sustainable forest is a dynamic, healthy
system where its diversity, condition, extent, and density is continued and maintained
by social, economic, and natural processes so that the tangible and intangible
benefits are realized in perpetuity and are greater than the cost.
Although the main benefit of community forests is an increase in aesthetic
and property values, additional benefits have been identified. Trees cool the
environment, improve air quality, reduce storm water runoff, and reduce local
wind conditions. For example, strategically placed trees that provide shade in
summer and allow sunlight in during the winter can significantly reduce the costs
of cooling and heating buildings.
Today, several natural and inter-related phenomena pose a threat to the ongoing
health of our forest and our quality of life here in the Ranch.
- Lerp Psyllid*
Previously Implemented Solutions
Tree Service and Mariposa Tree Service
- Pesticide Injections
- Release of a wasp that is the natural predator
the red gum lerp psyllid*
Lack of sufficient water stresses trees making them more susceptible to insects.
Improving irrigation efficiency can save
Recent fires have left many trees partially damaged
Natural Aging of the Trees*
Even some of the healthy trees are nearing the end of their life span
Status Report On Red Gum Lerp Psyllid and Forest Health
The most recent comprehensive report on the health of the eucalyptus trees.