SAMLARC Landscape Management

SAMLARC’s parks, trails, and greenbelts create a lush backdrop for Members to enjoy as they travel throughout the community. SAMLARC endeavors to maintain beautiful, safe and healthy landscapes by routinely pruning, removing, and rehabilitating plant material throughout the community.

SAMLARC’s landscape best management practices address overall landscape health, climate conditions, local requirements, aesthetic vision, and industry developments. As these facets of landscape management shift, Members may observe changes in the appearance of certain areas in the community.

OCFA Wildfire Defensible Space Requirements

In 2018, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) elected to refresh and enforce its Wildfire Defensible Space guidelines, which are designed to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading from wildland areas into a community. The guidelines include the removal of dead or dying vegetation, trimming vegetation to below 24”, and removal of plants listed on OCFA’s Undesirable Plant List. In 2018, SAMLARC was notified of seven (7) zones that required compliance with the guidelines, all of which were brought into compliance by late 2021. All zones have been replanted with drought-tolerant, fire-resistant plants, and SAMLARC has developed a Perimeter Defensible Space Master Plan to proactively address potential zones in the future, including one project scheduled for 2022.

Plant Health

As the community matures, SAMLARC monitors the status of the landscape inventory, from grasses to trees. Occasionally, plants must be trimmed, removed, or replaced due to size, health, or safety concerns. Before making significant modifications, SAMLARC evaluates the area with its professional landscape consultant to determine the modifications required to preserve pedestrian safety, property infrastructure, and the structural stability of the vegetation itself. In Quarter 1 of 2022, specialized vendors will be removing trees along Al