The Urban Forest Map was an online database and map of San Francisco’s trees that used OpenTreeMap software. The idea was that anyone could look up — or add — information about trees, such as their location, health, species and more. The Urban Forest Map automatically calculated the environmental benefits provided by the trees, by a specific species, or even by an individual tree.
That version of the Urban Forest Map has been replaced by TreeSF, which enables users to look up information about trees but does not enable them to update that info directly. Use the “Map” tab to get info about trees near a specific location. In the future, we hope to be able to offer a more user-friendly version of the map — where the public can once again add information.
A database of San Francisco’s street trees helps urban foresters and city planners to better manage trees in specific areas, track and combat tree pests and diseases, and plan future tree plantings. Climatologists can use it to better understand the effects of urban forests on climates, and students and citizen scientists can use it to learn about the role trees play in the urban ecosystem.