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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tree Activists Warn of "Treemageddon"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM


A little rain isn't enough to get us out of this never-ending drought, but apparently it is enough to topple trees in San Francisco. 

Which says a lot about the trees here. 

Just the other day, much-needed showers fell on San Francisco. It was nice, until Ficus trees started to fall across the city, hitting cars and knocking out a pedestrian who remains in critical condition.

The Friends of Urban Forest say that's because the city isn't doing jack to maintain its trees. 

Dan Flanagan, executive director of Friends of the Urban Forest, accused the city of "repeatedly cutting its budget for street tree maintenance," endangering us all. Trees are pretty, but when they're not properly maintained, they're pretty hazardous, he notes. 

“Nobody wants San Francisco to suffer some kind of 'Treemageddon,'" Flanagan says. Though the trees should prune street trees every three to five years, the agency has only received enough funding to prune them every 12 years, on average, he added (we contacted the city to confirm this, stay tuned).

His organization recently submitted recommendations to the city, asking for a dedicated funding stream for maintaining the street trees.  "We invite concerned citizens to join us in calling on City Hall to adopt the recommendations in the new Urban Forest Plan submitted by the Planning Department, the Department of Public Works, San Francisco Environment, the San Francisco Urban Forestry Council, and Friends of the Urban Forest.”

In other words, they'd like you to sign their petition ( to deliver to City Hall.

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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