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City's urban forester resigns to join Cal Fire

Original post made on May 4, 2021

Walter Passmore, who nine years ago became Palo Alto's first urban forester, will leave his position at the end of the month to join the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Posted by Paul Brophy
a resident of Professorville
on May 4, 2021 at 10:15 am

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Before this position is filled by the Public Works Director, shouldn't the city first decide how important this job is relative to proposed cuts elsewhere in the city budget? Very few cities the size of Palo Alto have an "urban forester." Just maybe an additional position in police, fire, libraries, children's services etc. should have a higher priority.

Posted by sfvalley
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 4, 2021 at 10:26 am

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Thanks Rob Levitsky for bringing this important information to the neighbors of Castilleja and all of Palo Alto, and the WEEKLY for picking it up. Mr. Passmore and the Urban Forestry department have been vigilant in trying to get the school to provide updated and accurate tree protection zones so decision-makers can determine what's really going on with the trees, as it is impossible to get useful information from the actual expansion plans and outdated related documents available to the public. We wish the best for Walter and will miss his thoughtful approach to protecting trees and the Palo Alto muni code.

Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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Sorry to see such a well versed and highly integrity City employee leave.