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The City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch are developing a 40 year plan for Watsonville’s community forest. To learn about public presentations, provide your input and subscribe to updates please go to

Phone Number 831-728-1156 extension 3 

Plant a tree for a greener community and a cooler planet!

Our Project Progress

Shade Trees Planted


Fruit Trees Adopted


Shade Trees Adopted


Volunteer Hours


Trees provide so many benefits for the Watsonville community! They clean our air, provide shade and cooling, improve stormwater and water quality in our wetlands, make our streets and trails more enjoyable to walk and ride bicycles, increase property values, and capture atmospheric carbon which helps address global climate change.

Unfortunately there are many streets, sidewalks, parks, and neighborhoods that lack trees. Watsonville’s Urban Greening Plan, adopted by the City of Watsonville in 2012, called for an additional 40,000 trees to increase City’s currently very low tree canopy cover of 7.8%. For the first phase of the Urban Greening Plan we set a goal to plant 8,000 trees.

In order to rise to this challenge, Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville, with the help of many local partners and community volunteers have begun to plant trees throughout the City.

In 2017 the City and Watsonville Wetlands Watch partnered together to receive a grant from the California Department of Fire and Forestry and the California Climate Investment Program to expand the tree planting effort. Through this project, we planted an additional 300 trees on streets and parks. In 2019 PVUSD partnered with Watsonville Wetlands Watch and received a grant from Releaf to plant 116 more trees in city parks and on the PV High campus

In the current phase of the project, Watsonville Wetlands Watch is offering free shade trees and fruit trees to Watsonville residents to plant in their yards. Monthly tree adoption workshops teach residents how to care for their tree, and our bilingual e-newsletter provides on-going tree care tips and support. 

Plant a tree for a greener community and a cooler planet!

Contact us for more information:

phone number: 831-728-1156 extension 3 


Thank you to our project sponsors and partners

CalFire, CA Releaf, California Climate Investments, City of Watsonville, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, the Rodgers-Repass Family Foundation, the West Marine Blue Future Fund

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