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109 neighbors want more trees in San Francisco.

The SF planning dept. is in the process of preparing a city-wide urban forest plan:

The key question will be how to cover the cost of maintaining existing trees and planting new trees. The SF Dept. of Public Works and FUF can't keep up as is. The best way to finance a real greening of SF is probably going to be a city-wide parcel tax. That would take the burden of existing trees' maintenance off of property owners, and it would enable the City to actively plant new trees in sidewalks.

Like all tax measure in SF, anything like this will require a coalition of all varieties of progressives. Are you in?

Photo from Art and Architecture SF:

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Alan Joseph Williams
Colin Mutchler
Ben Blumenfeld
Erik Michaels-Ober
Kevin Lo
Luke Bornheimer
Vegan Wheekers
Brad Olcott
MG Siegler
Justin Street
Danny Sauter
Brandi Valenza
Jonah Price


SoMa, San Francisco

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Friends of the Urban Forest

Big thanks to supervisors Scott Wiener and John Avalos for leading the way and crafting a measure that will create dedicated, lockbox funding to transform San Francisco’s urban forestry program from a national embarrassment into a national model. And we thank their colleagues, all of whom showed true leadership by working together to reach agreement.

And giant thanks to all of you who took action, stood with us, and spoke out for the trees. You should be proud of what we accomplished together. We still have a lot of work ahead of us — the matter now goes before the voters, so we must communicate the importance of this measure well beyond our current network of supporters and allies. But polling suggests that our efforts will be rewarded in November — and then the REAL work begins, as we assist the City in putting the new funding and new plans to effective use.


What a difference a week makes!

I have great news for you, but let me preface it with a reminder of how bad things looked just a few days ago.

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Posted Jul 27, 2016
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"San Francisco, already one of the least-leafy major cities in the U.S., is losing trees faster than it’s planting them. Years of neglect of street trees have resulted in a dangerous environment in which unhealthy trees regularly drop branches or topple altogether, especially during windy or rainy weather.

Our sidewalks are also in terrible shape; more than 6,000 of them are cracked, buckled and uneven. Unrepaired sidewalk damage causes dangerous walking conditions, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. Trees are by far the biggest contributors to The City’s broken sidewalks. Trip-and-fall injuries are the top cause of injury-related hospitalizations and death for seniors.

Both of these problems are the result of a longtime policy failure that could be corrected in one fell swoop. This failure has provoked public outcry recently, as The City has made budget-based decisions to transfer responsibility for the maintenance of thousands of street trees and sidewalks to the adjacent property owners — many of whom don’t have the knowledge or means to provide such maintenance, and some of whom don’t even realize The City holds them responsible for it. Even prior to this deeply unpopular program of “relinquishment,” tree and sidewalk maintenance has been completely inconsistent: a mish-mash in which The City has maintained some of them and expected homeowners to maintain the others.

Voters will have a chance to fix this mess by passing Proposition E in November. Prop. E will make The City responsible once again for the maintenance of all street trees and the repair of tree-related sidewalk damage. It will pay for these costs through a $19 million set-aside from the General Fund and, therefore, will not impose any additional burden on taxpayers."


Vote for healthy trees and safe sidewalks in every SF neighborhood

San Francisco, already one of the least-leafy major cities in the U.S., is losing trees faster than it’s planting them. Years of neglect of street trees have resulted in a dangerous …

Posted Oct 18, 2016
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Friends of the Urban Forest

As part of the upcoming Market Street Prototyping Festival, FUF will be building a Pop-Up Forest installation on Market Street for three days in October. We’re looking to enlist some skilled carpenters who can help make this vision a reality (see the artist's rendering below)!

Do you have skills with tools and wood? If so, we'll provide a stipend, building materials and volunteers to help assist with the construction. Contact

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Posted Aug 22, 2016
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Friends of the Urban Forest

Dear Friend,

We need you! Our ballot measure -- the solution for San Francisco's urban forest crisis -- is in trouble, but you can save it. The measure would require the City to maintain all street trees, fix all tree-related sidewalk damage, and release property owners from any tree-related liability -- and is funded by a budget set-aside and a small, progressive parcel tax.

Nothing is more meaningful to elected officials than the opinions of their constituents. If your supervisor is on the list below -- because they have not yet decided to support this measure -- please call or email them this week asking them to support the Friends of the Urban Forest ballot measure. If you wish, say a few words about why you want the city to maintain street trees and repair broken sidewalks. Identify yourself as a constituent!

Got an extra minute? Forward this to five friends and tell them it's important to you.

Next week I'll send you an update to let you know whether our efforts succeeded. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about this measure or about how you can help, please let me know. Thank you!

Dan Flanagan
Executive Director

District 1 (the Richmond)
Eric Mar: 415-554-7410 /

District 3 (Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach)
Aaron Peskin: 415-554-7450 /

District 5 (Haight Ashbury, Panhandle, Western Addition)
London Breed: 415-554-7630 /

District 6 (South of Market, Tenderloin, Treasure Island)
Jane Kim: 415-554-7970 /

District 7 (Park Merced, West Twin Peaks)
Norman Yee: 415-554-6516 /

District 9 (Mission, Bernal Heights)
David Campos: 415-554-5144 /

District 11 (Excelsior, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingelside)
John Avalos: 415-554-6975 /

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Inspiring write-up from Hoodline on Kasey Asberry's work at Just One Tree in the TL -


50 New Lemon Trees Coming To The Tenderloin; Volunteer Caregivers Wanted | Hoodline

A local nonprofit's drive to make the city a sustainable lemon producer is bearing fruit in the Tenderloin, where 50 new trees will be planted for the public to enjoy.

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Posted Jul 10, 2016
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Get ready for a ballot measure in November.

"At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce a November ballot measure that would mandate that the city take back ownership, maintenance and liability of all street trees. It would be funded by a combination of a progressive parcel tax — one that increases with the property’s size — and an $8 million annual budget set-aside, the average of what has been spent on urban forestry over the past 10 years.

“This has been a festering problem for decades,” Wiener said. “Trees are getting dumped on adjacent property owners who don’t want them, and that’s an unfair burden. For most property owners, they are going to save money. They will pay a $30 or $40 tax, and they will no longer have to hire an arborist or a contractor or insurance.

All properties must pay the property tax. Properties with less than 25 feet of street frontage would pay $29.50, while those between 25 to 150 feet would pay $1.42 per frontage foot, and properties with more than 150 feet would pay $2 per frontage foot. The average resident or business would pay about $35 annually."


SF Supervisor Wiener proposes parcel tax to pay for tree care

The city couldn’t afford the maintenance and upkeep for its 105,000 trees, so in 2011 it began transferring ownership to homeowners. Residents often didn’t have the cash for costly pruning and associated sidewalk repairs either. [...] a new piece of legislation could soon bring relief to those neighbors and infuse about $18 million into the...

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Posted Apr 19, 2016
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Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest is leading a campaign to improve San Francisco’s dismal municipal street tree policies and under-funded urban forestry program. If you’re a San Francisco resident, please join us by adding your name to this petition! We’ll deliver it to City Hall.


“Speak for the Trees” Petition

The Campaign Friends of the Urban Forest is leading a campaign to improve San Francisco's dismal municipal street tree policies and under-funded urban forestry

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Posted Feb 9, 2016
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Sup. Scott Weiner breaks it down:

"As we reform our broken tree policy, we need to ensure that we do so in a sustainable way that actually gets the job done. If we fail to create a long-term, secure, dedicated, sustainable funding source, we will do nothing more than perpetuate the dysfunction that has gotten us to this point, with a sick and declining urban forest. Trees never have and never will compete well in the budget process against the critically important needs of kids, seniors, homeless people, police staffing, affordable housing, and transit. That was true forty years ago, it’s true today, and it will be true in the future."

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Posted Nov 30, 2015
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"Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on an interactive map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.

Our edible map is not the first of its kind, but it aspires to be the world's most comprehensive. While our users contribute locations of their own, we comb the internet for pre-existing knowledge, seeking to unite the efforts of foragers, foresters, and freegans everywhere. The imported datasets range from small neighborhood foraging maps to vast professionally-compiled tree inventories. This so far amounts to 1,122 different types of edibles (most, but not all, plant species) distributed over 786,201 locations. Beyond the cultivated and commonplace to the exotic flavors of foreign plants and long-forgotten native plants, foraging in your neighborhood is a journey through time and across cultures.

Join us in celebrating hyper-local food! The map is open for anyone to edit, the database can be downloaded with just one click, and the code is open-source. You are likewise encouraged to share the bounty with your fellow humans. Our sharing page lists hundreds of local organizations - planting public orchards and food forests, picking otherwise-wasted fruits and vegetables from city trees and farmers' fields, and sharing with neighbors and the needy."

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Posted Jan 4, 2015
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Not Soma, but Mission Bay ...

WHERE: 1401 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
WHEN: 10AM - 2PM

Adding 20 more garden plots to the garden! You'll be helping us reach our 100 garden plot goal, so we thank you so much in advance for your help.
Know any carpenters? GREAT! We're in need of some great carpenters to help us build much needed benches. Please contact Miche: to find out how you can help!

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Posted Sep 8, 2014
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