San Francisco Environment Department

San Francisco Biodiversity Guidelines

The intent of these guidelines is to respond to our unprecedented global biodiversity crisis as well as existing local, State, National and international biodiversity plans and policies, and thus to urge and to push project managers to maximize opportunities to bring biodiversity into the built environment.

For projects with landscaping, these guidelines apply to projects proposing new landscapes as well as existing ones that are affected by a project. Since our park landscapes are a complex mosaic and our streetscapes can have significant constraints on trees, settings do exist – including certain historic and cultural landscapes, certain specialty gardens, narrow sidewalks, active recreational landscapes– where some of the following guidelines may not apply.

Project managers must create the best product to help restore local nature and biodiversity everywhere we can in San Francisco.

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