BPCC says bring back Chico Urban Forest Manager

Apr 29, 2014 8:52 PM

The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission voted Monday night to ask the city of Chico to restore a critical position as soon as possible (by a vote of 5-1).

The spot has been vacant since July. The commission also voted to bring back the city's Park Service Coordinator.

Chico's Public Works Director Ruben Martinez said the city needs to complete its urban management plan, but he can't wait any longer for an Urban Forest Manager.”We do need it now,” Martinez said. “I don't want to wait another year. It’s important to keep up the various functions.”

Chico city councilmember Randall Stone agrees.

“The Urban Forester is extremely important to a city that calls itself a city of trees,” Stone said.

“The key piece of an urban forest manager is to look at the forest as a complete unit…” added Martinez.

Including salary and benefits, Martinez said the last urban forest manager made $115,000 annually.

Chico’s city council is expected to discuss the position again at one of their council meetings in May.


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