Tree Replacement

Friends of the Urban Forest has a “Replacement Tree” program to replant street trees in open cement squares.

A tree basin in a sidewalk with no tree in it

Our replacement program is appropriate for you if:

  • the tree basin adjacent to your property is empty
  • your basin contains a stump
  • you have a dead tree

If you have questions after reading the information below, please contact Atalanta by phone at 415-268-0772 or by email with our contact form.

I have a Stump or Dead Tree in the basin

You must apply for a removal permit.  A Bureau of Urban Forestry Inspector will come out to look at the tree. They usually only allow removal if it is diseased, dying or dead. Here are the steps to get that started:

Step 1: Apply for a City removal permit from San Francisco Public Works. Please email a PDF copy of the approved permit to brian@fuf.net or print and mail a copy to FUF, 1007 General Kennedy Ave Ste 1, San Francisco CA, 94129.

Step 2: Fill out a FUF Tree Planting Request. (Note: We have a bit of a queue for Replacement Trees, about 2-4 months, but the sooner we receive the application from you the sooner we will plant your replacement.)

    1. If the removal permit is approved, please send us a copy of it.
    2. Notify us that the tree is removed by calling Atalanta at 415-268-0772 or by emailing her using this form.

Any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We hope to help you plant a new happy, healthy tree soon!

I have an Empty Basin

To get started and sign-up for a free site visit, please fill out these two forms:

Step 1: Fill out a FUF Tree Planting Request. (Note: We have a bit of a queue for Replacement Trees, about 2-4 months, but the sooner we receive the application from you the sooner we will plant your replacement.)

Step 2: Fill out the San Francisco Public Works Tree Planting Application. Please email this to brian@fuf.net or print and mail to FUF, 1007 General Kennedy Ave Ste 1, San Francisco CA, 94129. You do not need to send it also to Public Works. If you already have a permit from San Francisco Public Works, you can send us a copy of that instead.

I filled out the forms. What happens next?

If we have an upcoming community planting in your neighborhood, we will include you.

If not, we will schedule your tree planting separately. Our Replacement Tree Planting Manager has a tree planting queue of about 3 months. You will be contacted within the month we are ready to plant your tree. Currently, we plant replacement trees on Thursday mornings. You are invited to volunteer with us to plant your tree. Your presence is encouraged though not required.

Tree Selection

Our Urban Tree Species Directory contains images and descriptions of the tree species we offer.

It’s best to explore a few you like, but we will make expert recommendations after viewing your site.

Watering your tree

Unless otherwise notified, you should take on responsibility to water your tree. Your tree will come with a water bag, which you should fill up once a week for the next 3 years.

Learn more about watering: fuf.net/watering

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