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NEWPORT BEACH : Forestry Grant to Let City Add 500 Trees

Newport Beach will receive a $30,000 urban forestry grant from the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to plant trees in public spaces around the city.

“This will let the city add new trees for the first time in two years. Before it was just trying to replace every tree that was lost (to) disease or storm or whatever,” general services director David Niederhaus said.

In the last fiscal year, the city planted 200 replacement trees at an average cost of $94, Niederhaus said.

The grant money, due in October, will be added to $17,000 in city money--a condition of the grant--to fund 500 new trees for shadeless medians and parkways.

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Niederhaus said the neighborhoods in line for trees are Corona del Mar, Balboa Peninsula, Eastbluff, Westcliff, Cameo Highlands, Buffalo Hills, Newport Heights and Irvine Terrace.

Trees to be planted include magnolias, lemon-scented gums and sugar gums, Australian willows, jacarandas and Brisbane boxes.

The grant also will help Newport Beach retain its reputation as Tree City, USA, a national honor it has won four years running.

Niederhaus said about 20 varieties of trees that have proven themselves hardy enough for the coastal climate will be planted.

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