On November 13, 2012, the Modesto City Council approved funding for an additional tree trimming
crew as well as additional funding to address seasonal mistletoe abatement. This additional funding
was a direct result of the significant budget reductions that have been experienced by the Community
Forestry Division of the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department over the last several years
that have resulted in the pruning cycle being extended to nearly eight years.
The impact of the extended pruning cycle has resulted in a reactive approach to safety cycle pruning,
tree removals, stump removals, root cutting, and weather-related activities including trees that have
been downed by storms during the winter and a lack of water during the summer.
This newly approved tree crew and associated funding will enable the Community Forestry Division
to focus year-round on mistletoe abatement in an effort to contain the growing challenge of
increased mistletoe. This proactive approach is expected to result in approximately 3,500 additional
trees pruned for mistletoe – greatly reducing this parasite.
Below is a map that shows areas completed, areas currently being worked and potential future abatement
areas throughout the City of Modesto. The current inventory of trees was analyzed for potential loss
due to mistletoe infestation to identify these locations. There are currently 13 neighborhoods and
approximately 6,882 trees that could be lost if mistletoe is not abated during this winter season.
Typical winter weather will enable at least 10 neighborhoods to be addressed – those with the most
significant mistletoe problem. A mild winter may allow the crew to reach an additional one to two
If you can’t wait to have your tree trimmed and would like to hire an outside contractor to work
on your City tree, check out our Homeowner Process for Tree Maintenance
page to find an authorized vendor.
City of Modesto Winter Work Plan for Tree Pruning