Economic recession took a toll on Chico over the past few years but it had an even bigger effect on Chico's trees.
When businesses on six now-vacant lots in Chico closed, water was shut off and dozens of trees began dying as a result.
Denice Britton, the Urban Forest Manager of the City of Chico, said that Chico's general services department is working on writing a draft of what could become a way to save Chico's trees while saving the city money as well.
Britton said that it costs the city approximately $350 to replace a dead tree--the equivalent cost of watering a tree for three years. Instead, Chico wants to ask businesses to water the trees in front of their property once a month even if the business closes.
The proposal, which has yet to be written, must go through the Chico Tree Committee followed by the Bidwell Park and Playgrounds Commission and finally City Council before it passes.