San Francisco Street Tree Maintenance Implementation Schedule
The passage of Proposition E last November, was welcome news for San Francisco property owners.
There is, however, a lengthy start up period as San Francisco’s street tree maintenance implementation doesn’t begin until 2019.
Depending on the type, health or age of the tree, waiting until that time could be problematic.
Consider That Trees Should be Evaluated Annually
It is ideal to have an Arborist evaluate a tree’s condition and advise if pruning is necessary.
Generally, some trees may need annual pruning. Others bi-annually and others an “as needed” basis.
Reasons for pruning a tree.
- Maintain its health
- Reduce risk of failure from dead or weak branches
- Improve tree structure
- Save a storm or wind damaged tree
- Provide clearance
- Mitigate risk that weak branches could fall
- Other reasons
- Improve aesthetics
- Manage flower or fruit production
- Improve aesthetics
San Francisco’s Responsibility – A snapshot
Effective as of July 1st
San Francisco Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility Includes
Maintaining all San Francisco street trees within The City limits
Any sidewalk repair due to tree root damage
Any injuries and property damage resulting from failure to maintain the trees
Street Tree Maintenance Implementation Schedule Order of Priority
First – trees in decline or that pose safety threats. This work is expected to last two years.
Routine pruning schedule will be posted July 2018
Routine pruning will not start until 2019
Trees will be subsequently scheduled for pruning every 3-5 years.
Any tree pruning requests from The City prior to July 1st. The property owner is responsible for that work.
Sidewalk repair not due to tree roots.
San Francisco’s Urban Forest Vision
Proposition E, the ordinance describing The City’s street tree maintenance program is Phase I of an overall vision for growing San Francisco’s Urban Forest.
It was a collaboration of SF Public Works, and Friends of the Urban Forest.
Trees were inventoried and placed on a map
Friends of the Urban Forest highlights their goals as
- Increase The City’s street trees by 50%. There are currently 125,000 street trees.
- Improve maintenance efficiency and effectiveness
- Ensure a more equitable distribution of trees throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods
If You Choose to not Wait Until 2019 for Routine Street Tree Pruning
Guidelines haven’t been formalized.
You can have your trees evaluated and/or schedule work without opting out.
The City only asks for information that assures them that your Arborist conforms to ISA standards.
It can be sent in an email that includes
- Name of the Arborist
- Description of work and location
- A statement that asserts that the work will meet ISA standards
Gardeners’ Guild is consulting with clients and non-clients whose trees have not been tagged but want work done now.
Call us if you have questions about tree care. (510) 439-3700.
SF Department of Public Works will also answer your questions.