Plan recommends ending the transfer of street tree maintenance to fronting property owners and replacing that effort with a municipally managed and operated street tree program.
The Land Use and Economic Development Committee today will consider legislation authored by Supervisor Wiener adopting the San Francisco Urban Forest Master Plan and setting the City’s long-term strategy to ensure the ongoing health and sustainability of the city’s street trees. The Plan identifies polices and strategies to proactively manage and grow the city’s street tree population and makes a key finding that the city’s current program of transferring street tree maintenance responsibility to property owners is a short-sighted solution and ultimately to the long-term detriment of street trees and the city as a whole. Late last year, Supervisor Wiener announced the formation of a working group to propose the creation of an Urban Forest Fund, with an associated funding source. That working group will begin meeting next month.