The RSF Forest Health and Preservation Committee

The Rancho Santa Fe Forest Health and Preservation Committee (FHPC) was formed in 2012 to support the association and its residents’ efforts to preserve and enhance the forest canopy that makes our area so unique. The health of our forest is not only important for aesthetics, but also essential for fire safety.

In the 2018 Forest Health Study commissioned by the Association, it was noted that the Rancho Santa Fe forest has been in decline for more than a decade. The decline is particularly associated with the large canopy tree, the red gum eucalyptus, which was decimated by the red gum psyllid insect native to Australia. At the time of the study, approximately 42,000 eucalyptus trees were dead or dying across the Alliance.

Our challenge and urgency as a community is to remove this dangerous fire potential and replace these trees with greater species diversity while continuing to maintain the beauty of our “horizon” and lower the canopy more wide. We need every resident’s active participation in the Pact because over ninety percent of our trees are on private property.

In an effort to expand tree knowledge in the community, the FHPC worked with Association staff to develop the Arboretum bordering the San Elijo Golf Course and Via de Fortuna in which a variety of suitable trees are displayed with signs (click here for map/information). We support efforts to expand the Arboretum this year with over fifty additional trees in time for Arbor Day 2023.

Other high priority projects include the replanting of trees and shrubs around the perimeter of the golf course where trees have been removed during the last two golf course renovations and through natural life spans. In addition to much-needed shade for riders and walkers, this will provide screen against pavement as well as stray golf balls.

Other ongoing projects in the community include continued tree planting in the Arroyo Preserve and new trees adjacent to sports fields.

We are looking for additional members for our committee and encourage concerned residents to get involved. Please contact the Association or Leonard Gregory, President, directly at [email protected] for more information.

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