Meet new members of the planting team

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 »

Join us for “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

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 »

2012 Press Releases

A grand landmark in bloom

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?

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 »