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STREET TREE PLANTING

We plant street trees on sidewalks in neighborhoods with low tree canopy in partnership with residents.  
 

We also care for the trees for the first three years after we plant them. After the first three years, the Department of Public Works (DPW) takes over via StreetTreeSF, the voter-approved initiative to maintain mature street trees and repair tree-related sidewalk damage.

Get Involved in improving your neighborhood

  1. Fill out the Tree Interest Form

  2. Sign up to be a Community Organizer and gather interest from your neighbors

  3. Attend an upcoming Community Meeting

WHERE WE PLANT

We prioritize free community plantings in neighborhoods with the fewest trees - where the benefits of each tree planted are maximized. To understand why, watch our videos on Tree Euity and San Francisco’s Path to Climate Justice and Benefits of Urban Greening.

EMPTY BASIN?

If you want a tree to be planted in a site that previously held a tree (where a tree basin — a rectangle cut out of the concrete — is already present), we'll be able to plant it even if you are outside the priority zones. We appreciate your patience as we respond to requests one neighborhood at a time.

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Within equity priority areas, we work on a block-by-block basis, starting with the streets with the fewest trees and the most potential for planting. Beyond the lack of trees, here are some of the criteria that go into our consideration:

  • Width of the sidewalk

  • Proximity to freeways, industrial sites, or any other environmental hazards

  • Presence (or lack of) major above & below ground utility infrastructur

  • Pedestrian & vehicular traffic

  • Proximity or access to parks, schools, or other highly used public facilities

  • Demand for trees by the community

Site Selection

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When the sites are finalized, we get the concrete cut and removed. We bring in the auger (imagine a giant drill) if the soil is rocky or clay-like, and apply compost before or on planting day. One or two days before a Community Tree Planting event, a large pile of wood chip mulch is dropped near the meeting location. The mulch is used to cover the bare soil of the new basin after the tree is planted. Any leftover mulch is removed from the site by the end of the planting day.

Site Prep

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We host a Community Planting Day on Saturday mornings twice a month, where we plant between 40 and 50 trees with the help of volunteers. Anyone can sign up to volunteer to plant trees with us!

We also plant trees during the week with the help of staff and our members of our Green Crew program (this is a urban forestry training program for underrepresented adults)

And we water every tree the day it’s planted.

Watering and tree care

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We start our outreach at least 12 weeks before trees are planted.

  1. We distribute door hangers and mail postcards to addresses that are adjacent to the sites selected for a potential tree. This is to inform residents of the upcoming planting in their neighborhood.

  2. We host community meetings that anyone can attend. The Community Meeting is held at a public venue in the neighborhood and accessible on Zoom. At this meeting, you can learn about our work, ask questions, and learn how to get involved.

Outreach

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The tree species are selected based on microclimate and other site-specific factors. Residents can also participate in the selection process from a list of options. We only plant drought-resistant trees and select trees for size & other characteristics to best fit the location they are planted.

Want to learn more about tree species suitable for planting in different San Francisco neighborhoods? Visit our Street Tree Directory.

Is there a planting coming up in your neighborhood? Contact our team to participate in choosing a species for the tree adjacent to your home or business: outreach@fuf.net

Species Selection

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We note site conditions — overhead wires, street lights, stop signs, underground utilities, etc. We pick potential planting sites that comply with the SF tree planting code and mark a 24 sq ft outline. Utility companies will mark the locations of their underground facilities. If any of them are too close to the planting spot, we will not plant the tree.

Utilities Check

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We host a Community Planting Day on Saturday mornings twice a month, where we plant between 40 and 50 trees with the help of volunteers. Anyone can sign up to volunteer to plant trees with us!

We also plant trees during the week with the help of staff and our members of our Green Crew program (this is a urban forestry training program for underrepresented adults)

And we water every tree the day it’s planted.

Planting Day

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