About the Tree Maintenance Transfer Plan
There are about 100,000 trees in the public-right-of-way (on sidewalks, in medians, etc) in San Francisco. The Department of Public Works (DPW) Urban Forestry staff have been maintaining about 40,000 of these, the rest are maintained by private property owners.
This year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) has started transferring responsibility for maintaining most of their 35,000 street trees to private property owners. The city, because of a diminishing budget, claims it cannot pay to take care of these trees anymore. Property owners will be notified of their new responsibilities by mail and DPW postings on their tree.
Historically, SF Beautiful has been a stalwart supporter of San Francisco’s trees. We know that street trees contribute immensely to a city’s beauty, health, environment, and economy. We strongly oppose the City’s abdication of responsibility.
In the weeks to come, we’ll be working with you to inform the public about these important changes and advocate for increased funding for street trees in the City Budget.