Managing Our Urban Forest

A wide range of stakeholders can help meet our needs.
Management of public trees in San Francisco is distributed among many city agencies and organizations, including public, private, and nonprofit agencies and individuals.



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San Francisco has adopted several policies related to the care of our urban forest, including Tree Pruning Standards, the Recommended Street Tree List, and more. 

These tree lists help provide information on trees that can grow well here and can increase the biodiversity of our urban forest.Read>
The Urban Orchards Project plants fruit trees to support increased local food production and provide multiple environmental benefits.Read>
The Urban Forest Map is a collaboration of government, nonprofits, businesses and city residents to map every tree in San Francisco.Read>

Additional Information for Managing Our Urban Forest

Recreation and Parks
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has a rich tradition of providing clean, safe and fun park experiences to the public.
Street Tree planting
There is no fee required for a Tree Planting Permit, however, the permit is necessary to ensure that street trees do not impact infrastructure and are appropriately planted so that they thrive and become a neighborhood asset.
Friends of the Urban Forest
Each year, Friends of the Urban Forest helps communities plant nearly 1,000 trees. Neighbors organize the plantings. Friends of the Urban Forest obtains permits, removes sidewalk concrete, supplies tools and materials and selects, purchases and delivers the trees.