Winter Storm Prepartion - Be Proactive

To avoid storm damage during high winds, it is imperative that you proactively trim and maintain your trees to reduce for wind shear and remove weak limbs. We recommend having a City-approved arborist inspect your trees on an annual basis.

Prevention is key. This is one more reason we advocate for a fully-funded forestry staff. Currently, the Forestry department has to borrow staff from Public Works as its own staff has been depleted. Dedicated tree workers need to be consistently monitoring for any signs of potential hazards and taking proactive action to ensure the safe enjoyment of our forest.

Tree Walks and Book Signing with Dr. Matt Ritter

Two Carmel Tree Walks will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The tour will be led by Dr. Matt Ritter, a beloved botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly. Admission is free for members, $20 for non-members, with each tour limited to 30 people. To reserve a space, RSVP to

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Dr. Ritter will also be giving a lecture on Friday evening, June 15 at 5 PM at Carmel Women's Club. He will be signing his new book, California Plants: A Guide to Our Iconic Flora. The book is a definitive guide for exploring over 500 species of California plants with photographs, descriptions and natural history stories. Open to the public, light refreshments will be served.


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Here are the results of our Arbor Day Drawing Contest! The contest was judged by Chris Winfield from Winfield Gallery. Thank you to everyone who participated!


Ozzy Ozgur - The Happy Camper Award - First Place

Arbor Day Celebration!


Join us on Sunday, April 22 from 10 - Noon on Scenic Drive just south of Santa Lucia. Refreshments will be served.

Activities for all ages!

  • Drawing Contest for Kindergarten - 5th Grade (winners will be published in The Pine Cone)
  • Short Tree Walk & Talk
  • How to Prune a Tree
  • How to Plant a Tree
  • Beach Cleanup

Co-sponsored by Friends of Carmel Forest and the Forest & Beach Commission. See you there!

Intelligent Trees Film Screening

Join us Wednesday, September 27 at 5 PM at Sunset Center for this ground breaking 45-minute film presented by local biologist Nikki Nedeff. German foresterer Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, and forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, show how trees communicate and care for one another.

Enjoy wine, snacks and the best organic popcorn donated by LesserEvil Healthy Brands (official snack food of Wanderlust). Free and open to the public.

Tree Walk a Success!

On Saturday, September 9, we had a very informative and entertaining tree walk with Sairus Patel who usually gives tree tours on Stanford's campus.


Carmel Tree Walks
Led by Sairus Patel

Saturday, September 9
10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
$20 per person, free to members

Reserve early for this popular event!

Sairus Patel is a board member of Pacific Horticulture and former board member of Canopy in Palo Alto, CA. He has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University where he has led tree walks there for various educational programs. He has also revised and expanded the Trees of Stanford online project.

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Since 1971, this annual Tree Survey provides Carmel's Forestry Department with useful data to manage our forest.

We need 40 people in two-person teams to cover two city blocks. Each team will count, measure and identify each tree in the public right-of-way.

Surveys can take approximately two hours. You'll have a month to do it on your own time.

Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 PM
Chapman Room at Sunset Center

At the meeting, you'll receive your block assignment, equipment and a partner (if you don't already have one). Please indicate if you have a partner or need to be paired with someone.

To participate, please call 831-760-0160 or email