Urban Forest


What is the Urban Forest? 

The Urban Forest is the aggregate of all community vegetation and green spaces that provide benefits vital to enriching quality of life for visitors and residents – including those pictured here and throughout this website.

Urban Forest Goals:
To improve the Urban Forest, educate the public about the importance of urban forests, and try to connect a young person to every tree we plant.

Have you been to the Urban Forest lately?  The Urban Forest’s first tree was planted in 2001. Since then, dedicated volunteers have planted more than 500 trees! The existing canopy covers the entire ground and provides ample habitat for our urban wildlife.

Existing trees include pine, sycamore and oak forests. Other varieties flourishing include Tipuana, desert willow, California Pepper Trees and more. Additionally, the forest is complemented with California native plants, intermingled with Mediterranean drought-resistant plants.

Butterfly sign IMG_6623
Added summer 2016, courtesy of the
Boy Scouts
Spring 2017 Urban Forest flora

The public is invited to meander through mulched walking trails to enjoy this beautiful area. Leashed dogs are welcome. While walking through the forest, expect to find lizards, song birds, hawks, rabbits, and coyotes, such as the ones shown above recently spotted here. This past spring, forest visitors may have also seen the snake (shown at the top of the page) which had taken up residence under the HB Trees shed. Volunteers call her Wanda because they “wanda” where she will move to next, and whether or not she is pregnant. There have been no reports of gopher snakes here in several years. Perhaps Wanda’s presence will impact the area’s prolific ground squirrel and gopher populations. To see more residents of the UF, click here.

The forest is kept in pristine condition by weekly volunteers who plant, weed, perform tree care and more. Volunteers work on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Student volunteers are also encouraged to participate. We ask visitors to take all trash with them out of the Urban Forest so that it remains unspoiled.

John, Urban Forest handyman

John, Urban Forest tool sharpener and all-around handyman


Owls are frequent visitors to the UF

The Urban Forest is found on the southwest side of Huntington Beach Central Park. Enter off Ellis Avenue, between Goldenwest and Edwards streets. As part of Huntington Beach Central Park, the UF is free and open to the public from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

To read this fall 2016 article, click here.

To read this fall 2016 article, click here.