Street Trees for Noe Valley

UNN has an initiative called Church Street Greening aimed at improving the beauty of our commercial area and improving the tree canopy.  Merchants and building owners are encouraged to consider sidewalk planting areas and additional trees.

Our canopy has been decimated by the fragile nature of old ficus trees. These grand trees tend to shed branches, are a danger, and were outlawed by the city years ago. Most along Church Street have been removed. The large one near the Day Street intersection is now being considered a severe danger, especially in the event of an earthquake.

The Department of Public Works presented their SF Street Tree program at our January 16, 2019 meeting. Recently enacted legislation makes the city responsible for maintaining all trees that line our public streets. Details are in our meeting notes.

Past Efforts

Friends of the Urban Forest has a January planting scheduled for Noe Valley but you must hurry to fill out the application since the deadline is 12/21/16!

For those of you not familiar, FUF organizes planting of street trees at reduced cost (and effort) to homeowners and tenants working with their landlords. If you have street frontage that you think would benefit from a tree (including replacement of damaged trees!), the process looks like this:

1- submit application by 12/21 (see below)– 2 forms to get things going, no obligation
2- FUF visits every address (outside, you do not need to be home) for a site inspection.
3- FUF gives you large choice of trees if they can plant in January and there is a community meeting re: species with the planting manager so you can learn more
4- FUF does the planting on 1/28! (the expense to homeowner starts at $135, depending on tree species)
5- FUF takes care of tree maintenance for up to 5 years for free, including in emergencies

As you might imagine, given the passing of Prop E, having a street tree is about to become easier (as we anticipate the City will maintain trees).

Currently, they have 16 applications for plantings, but they have lots of capacity to do more. Applying does not obligate you to plant, so if you think you might be interested, apply here! The deadline is Next Wednesday, December 21st.

FUF will tell us about a second program of sidewalk plantings at our next UNN meeting on January 11, 2017. This program is more expensive than the tree plantings, but more flexible. If you have a tree on your holiday wishlist this season, it’s worth applying as it’s much less expensive than doing it yourself!! .