Sidewalk trees also improve property values. Sidewalk trees increase property value, provide wildlife habitat, reduce the speed of traffic, absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants, are associated with lower asthma rates in young children, and established street trees are also associated with a lower level of crime! You can help bring these benefits to your neighborhood!
With the passage of Proposition E voters approved giving back to the Department of Public Works Urban Forestry, responsibility for the trees in public spaces and sidewalks. Earlier this year Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) planted trees in the Excelsior and Mission Terrace neighborhoods, including along the Mission Street commercial corridor. In late-August FUF will be planting trees in Crocker-Amazon and will be holding a community outreach meeting July 17th when they will ask for volunteers to get the word out and sign up interested property owners.. Now that the City again is responsible for tree maintenance and sidewalk repairs you may be able to sign up for a tree to be planted in front of your property. As part of Supervisor Ahsha Safai's commitment to the community to improve the look of the neighborhoods, more tree plantings are coming to the district this year and beyond. Planting trees is a great way to get to know your neighbors, have fun; and make our community a quieter, prettier, and greener place to work and live!
For District 11 property owners, there is NO cost of a tree (which is typically $105 plus a $30 FUF membership). FUF and DPW will coordinate with property owners to cut the concrete area, plant the tree, water it, and maintain it for 18-24 months. To sign up to get a tree, please print, complete, and mail or fax the attached forms to FUF. To volunteer, please contact Caitlin Moon at Caitlin@fuf.net or 415-268-0772.