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Tristan

107 neighbors want more trees in San Francisco.

Tristan
The SF planning dept. is in the process of preparing a city-wide urban forest plan: www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx...

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?

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Dan

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."

www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/ar...

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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.

www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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“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

www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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Posted Feb 9, 2016
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Dan

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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Dan

"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."

fallingfruit.org/about?locale=en

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Posted Jan 4, 2015
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Dan

Not Soma, but Mission Bay ...

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

THE PLAN
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: miche@nomadgardens.org to find out how you can help!

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Posted Sep 8, 2014
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Tom K.

Really grotesque map of the air quality around Soma and its freeways.

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In lieu of taking down the channel of air pollution (the freeways and bevy of high-traffic, one-way streets)-- would trees help?

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Posted Sep 23, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Sep 23, 2013

Thanks to Jamie Whitaker for the photo! ^

Posted by Tom K. on Sep 23, 2013
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Tom K.

I had no idea there was a fruit tree finder app for SF. Apparently this person thinks it didn't work very well.

"But quickly, many of the fruit trees were revealed as vaporware. It wasn't much fun to tromp several blocks only to find nothing. But then, once I'd finally found a real tree, the fruit was too high to be picked. I just hadn't anticipated that I'd need to haul around a ladder. Yet, I suppose if there was a lot of low hanging fruit, then it'd be plucked up already."

Still a really cool idea.

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The Fruit Tree App That Left Me Hungry

The country girl inside of me grinned in anticipation of "living off the land," even if it was just the concrete jungle of San Francisco.

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Posted Aug 6, 2013
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Frebe

No question about having more trees. It's good. I even think it's great! Just as long as these trees or branches would not cause danger to the public transpo or passing through vehicles.:-)

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Posted Jul 30, 2013
Drew Dara-Abrams
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Jul 30, 2013

The DPW requirements are: "Eight feet of vertical clearance must be maintained on the sidewalk side of the tree and 14 feet of vertical clearance maintained on the street side of the tree at maturity." www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=649

Posted by Drew Dara-Abrams on Jul 30, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 30, 2013

Great clarification Drew!

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 30, 2013
Frebe
Frebe
Aug 3, 2013

@Tom Yeah. That was what I was hesitant about. Safety first, always! :-) But thanks @Drew for the clarification.

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Tom K.

I'd be curious what people think about this? I dig it.

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Support 'Plant Me' signs where trees should be in San Francisco

I just came across this street stencil along Octavia in Hayes Valley. I'd love to see more neighbors showing where trees should be in SF-- both those destroyed as well as proposed.

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Posted Jul 8, 2013
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Tom K.

"Maybe we want to start thinking of trees as part of our public health infrastructure," says Donovan.

"Not only do they do the things we would expect like shade our houses and make our neighborhoods more beautiful, but maybe they do something more fundamental. Maybe trees are not only essential for the natural environment but just as essential for our well-being. That's the message for public health officials."

www.treehugger.com/natural-sci...

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Loss of trees linked to higher death rates in humans

"Maybe we want to start thinking of trees as part of our public health infrastructure," says one U.S. Forest Service researcher.

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Posted Jun 28, 2013
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