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Meet new members of the planting team

Madalyn Watkins

Friends of the Urban Forest has recently added a couple of new employees to our planting team. Madalyn Watkins, our new Sidewalk Landscape Planting Manager, initially joined us as an intern in June when she moved to San Francisco.  Previously she worked as an agro-forestry volunteer for Heifer International, planted school orchards and street trees… read more »

Nowhere near the greenest city

sand covers the future Sunset neighborhood

San Francisco has a “green” reputation, but when it comes to “tree canopy coverage” — the percentage of our land area that’s covered by trees — we’re really far behind.  According to an analysis of aerial photos by the San Francisco Planning Department, only 13.7% of the city is covered by trees. We don’t compare… read more »

Tree massacre in Fisherman’s Wharf

a pair of photos show trees before and after they were topped

We’ve learned about another big tree topping disaster.  As the FUF community knows by now, topping is an excessive form of pruning that damages and often kills trees, and is illegal in San Francisco. This time, the victims were nine New Zealand Christmas Trees (Metrosideros excelsa) that flanked a corner building on Taylor and Jefferson… read more »

Join us for “Make a Difference Day”

make-a-difference-day

We depend on volunteers throughout the year, but October 26 happens to be a special occasion because it’s “Make a Difference Day,” the largest national day of community service.  Make a Difference Day has been promoting volunteerism for more than 20 years; millions of people are expected to donate some of their time for good… read more »

San Francisco’s top ten street trees

Lophostemon confertus (Brisbane Box) - full view

The #1 street tree in San Francisco is the Brisbane Box (scientific name: Lophostemon confertus).  We’re got 6.449 of ‘em, to be exact. We recently collaborated with our friends at the City’s Bureau of Urban Forestry to come up with a list of the city’s top ten street trees.  The list will appear in the… read more »

Tree topping on Stevenson Street: update

A bird's nest lies on the sidewalk amid tree cuttings

You may recall that in August we publicized a major tree topping incident on Stevenson Street in the Mission.  Topping is an excessive form of pruning that damages and often kills trees, and it’s illegal in San Francisco. The city fined the property owner, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, $1,754 for each of… read more »

2012 Press Releases

A grand landmark in bloom

Metrosiderous excelsus ‘Aurea’ variety

Renowned horticularist’s gift to SF The rare and famous Metrosiderous excelsus ‘Aurea’ variety, also known as the yellow-flowered New Zealand Christmas Tree, can be seen in bloom in front of 1221 Stanyan Street near 17th Street in Cole Valley. This specimen was planted by renowned horticulturalist Victor Reiter, who lived just down the street at… read more »

Lemonade reduces global warming?

Lemonade stand

Sweet story of youth environmentalism Orinda seventh-grader Lindsay Dunn planted several trees in a local nature area on Earth Day after studying global warming in a science class, and learning that trees reduce the amount of carbon dioxide — which contributes to global warming — in the atmosphere. She decided to take the additional step… read more »