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Friends of the Urban Forest Presidio of San Francisco, 415-561-6890 Building 1007 P.O. Box 29456 San Francisco, CA 94129-0456 Address Service Requested

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The Newsletter for S an Francisco Bay Area Tree Enthusiasts

Tree Care Chronicles Discusses storm response. See back page.

Friends of the Urban Forest

Spring 2008

Treescapes is produced by Friends
of the Urban Forest to provide information and education in a broad environmental context for the care and growth of our urban forest. FUF, San Francisco’s citizen urban forestry organization, was founded in 1981. We offer financial, technical and practical assistance to individuals and neighborhood groups who wish to plant and care for trees. Regular memberships begin at $30. All contributions are tax deductible.

by Mary Ellen Hannibal

The Green City
By February, the first cherry blossoms appear and San Francisco commences its greenest season; so too, the city is off to an environmentally positive start this year with two new appointments by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Wade Crowfoot made a greening difference at City Hall even before assuming his post as Director of Climate Protection Initiatives. “The Mayor liked to drink bottled water; specifically, Fiji water. I let him know that that water actually comes from Fiji.” The water may be just about a dollar Crowfoot calls FUF “our most valued partner a bottle, but the cost of getting it here in terms in environmental issues. Trees and plants play of carbon emissions—think of the transportation a key role in mitigating carbon emissions.” As involved—is huge. Crowfoot had technology steadfast FUF supporters know, green leaves installed at City Hall that filters hot and cold absorb carbon from the air and sequester it in drinking water, with no plastic involved. The woody stems and trunks. Leaves release oxygen water itself is good old Hetch Hetchy, among the into the atmosphere and create the air we breathe. best in the nation. Crowfoot was also the point Trees and plants absorb pollutants, and divert person in the Mayor’s office supporting Supervisor and absorb stormwater runoff. Mirkarimi’s legislation to ban plastic bags. It isn’t just what FUF does that interests Crowfoot, As Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, Crowfoot it’s how we do it. “My goal is to work dawn to is taking a deep focus on helping San Franciscans dusk coordinating goals, engaging business and make concrete changes to the way we live. “We the larger community.” FUF, of course, is about are in the perfect place at the perfect time to make planting and maintaining trees and building a difference. Over 75 percent of energy consumed community. Crowfoot sees FUF as providing a lever in the world is consumed in cities. We have to into communities that can be galvanized to connect take meaningful action to implement environmental more thoroughly in climate protection. “We want strategies.” People often feel helpless and small to simplify the message about what people can confronted with climate change and other negative do on behalf of climate change,” says Crowfoot. environmental trends, and taking small actions “There’s a message of fierce immediacy to climate can break us out of our passivity and jump-start change, but in your day to day life, you can make our potential effectiveness. Crowfoot is positive. a difference.” Crowfoot plans to launch an on-line He points to our position as possibly the richest program similar to one in Seattle called Climate city in the richest state in the richest country in Action Now ( Citizens subscribe the world, to our location at the epicenter of to the website, which provides clear guidelines technological innovation, and to the level of for assessing your personal carbon footprint and awareness and concern evinced by our citizens how to reduce it. can fulfill the dream of a truly green city. greener city, with more trees in it. Together, we and Haryati to meet our common goals of a FUF is looking forward to working with both Crowfoot from and working with local and regional partners.” and open spaces. I am looking forward to learning ways, collaboratively with buildings, infrastructures, performance and economic benefits of its public that San Francisco can improve the environmental working hand-in-hand,” says Haryati. “I’m confident mount this important effort without the two sides based on public-private partnership. “No city can Under Haryati, Chicago’s greening efforts have been makes economic sense.” aesthetic and environmental sense, but it also engineering/technology. “Greening not only makes planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and training a landscape architect who has worked in my background and experiences,” says Haryati, by effective solutions in a holistic language based on “I’m looking to examine challenges and to identify policy-making with direct greening experience. over environmental issues. “It’s the perfect storm for environmental revolution,” says Crowfoot. Certainly a more productive storm than the ones we’ve been experiencing this winter (see Tree Care Chronicles). The idea of shared responsibility in green efforts is central for Astrid Haryati, who started her job as the Mayor’s new Director of Greening at the beginning of February. Coming to us from Chicago, where she was Assistant to the Mayor for Landscape Initiatives, Haryati will complement Crowfoot’s

Board of Directors
President Mike Marshall Chair of Board Resources Alexander Davis Chair of Development Anne Hector

Cho Chan Chair of Programs Walter Crump, Jr. Rob Black, Catherine Elliott, Bonnie Guttman, Sheila Fischer Kiernan, Anne Hector, Anu Nigam, Mireille Schwartz, Martin Skea, Tim Seufert, Liz Westover

Advisory Committee
Brenda Altman, Scott Belser, Frank Fredericks, Linda Liebelt, Ann K. Ludwig, Regina Phelps, Michael Sullivan, Michael Yannetta

Executive Director Kelly Quirke ext. 107, Program Director Doug Wildman ext. 109, Planting Managers Naomi LeBeau ext. 100, Heidi Lakics ext. 110, Data Administrator Brian Tsai ext. 105, Chief Financial Officer Sunder Sujan ext. 106, Education Coordinator Nancy Strahan ext. 108, Outreach Coordinator Suzanne Whelan ext. 101, Tree Care Coordinator Heather Ellison ext. 102, Volunteer Services Coordinator Reed Milnes ext. 103, Development Manager Ryan Teller ext. 104, Editor Mary Ellen Hannibal Design Ashton Abeck
Printed with soy-based inks on forest-free paper.

From the Executive Director

For the first time in human history, the majority of people on the planet live in cities. That’s over 3 billion of us congregated in urban centers.
How many of our fellow urban dwellers understand the meaning of “urban forest”? From my own personal and anecdotal experience, I’d say far from the majority, at least here in the USA. While all of you supporters of FUF and subscribers to Treescapes could immediately define “urban forest,” I have seen in the reactions of most people that look in their eyes that says they’re not quite sure, at least until they think about it for a moment or more. But I also believe this lack of recognition is changing. There coming from our urban environment. And that means that are literally dozens and dozens of groups like FUF all over soon everybody will know the meaning of urban forest. the country, and they all practice “urban and community forestry.” Their work, like ours, is not only bringing the benefits of the urban forest to their communities, they are educating their townsfolk and leaders about the value of the urban forest. Slowly but surely, city inhabitants are advocating for and participating in urban greening.
Kelly Quirke

Out Like a Lamb…In Like a Lion
FUF would like to thank everyone who helped make 2007 such a success. With 855 trees planted in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, your contributions, time and energy made a dramatic impact in greening your community. Helping to maintain those trees, our dedicated Tree Care Volunteers and Youth Tree Care Team provided critical early stage care to 4006 trees, helping ensure that FUF trees mature into a healthy contributing urban forest. All told, FUF volunteers contributed over 4000 hours, making our work possible. Beginning 2008 with a ferocious storm, again it was dedicated FUF volunteers who prevented much of our hard work from going down the drain with the deluge. High winds and rain created conditions that led to the damage or loss of over 500 trees city-wide. FUF received

And because of these activities, municipal governments are not only finding the resources and the will to take green action, they are making pledges and setting goals and hiring staff in order to enhance the health of the urban environment. Because with every passing day, more and more of us are living in cities, at the same time that open space and wilderness are being lost to development and sprawl. This means that our experience of nature—and the health and well-being that comes with that—is evermore

Tree Care Chronicles

Warrior Queen of Storm Response: Pam Lovell nearly 300 calls reporting troubled trees and dispatched our dedicated team of emergency tree care volunteers into the gale force winds to try to mitigate the damage. Even in the downpour, FUF volunteers staked, braced and tied trees. Those we couldn’t save are now being replaced by our dedicated planting managers and tree planting volunteers. For more information on how you can help FUF in 2008, please contact Reed Milnes at (415) 561-6890 x.103.

January 4th is a day Pam Lovell will not soon forget. “My cell phone started to ring at 7:30 a.m.,” says Lovell, “and at 7:30 p.m., I turned it off.”
In those 12 hours, Lovell fielded call after call from distressed property owners whose trees were being tossed and broken like pretzel sticks by hurricane-force winds. “It’s being called the storm of the decade,” says Lovell. Between the 4th and the 12th, Lovel fielded 180 calls. “As the storm increased in intensity, I watched my own tree pruning creates space between branches and leaves in the fall down in my front yard,” Lovell says. “People were really canopy, allowing wind to move through the tree, instead upset. ‘When is someone going to come out here? What of picking it up. Top-heavy canopies with underdeveloped should I do?’” Lovell comments that the larger part of her root structures are easily sheared off by high winds, one job that day was calming callers. reason FUF plants 15-gallon street trees rather than the Charged with “storm response,” a FUF position funded with a grant from California ReLeaf, Lovell first ascertains the street Lovell started volunteering for FUF about six and a half address of an injured or downed tree. Then she consults years ago, and during that time she trained and took classes, FUF’s database to determine whether FUF, DPW, or another and became a certified arborist. Now she runs her own agency or entity has jurisdiction over it. She also checks to small business. “It’s sad when a tree goes down,” Lovell see when it was planted. “We don’t minister to trees planted says. “For me personally, it was devastating to tell people over five years ago,” she says. “And species is important.” their tree would not survive. I had to tell people in a very Some species tend to have shallow roots and heavy canopies, kind way, to suggest doing something generative in response and FUF believes it is better to replace them with a more to the loss, like replanting.” One citizen was so pleased adaptable tree. with Lovell’s help, she brought a donation over to FUF right “Everyone got a call back within a few hours,” Lovell says. “ ‘Call an arborist’; ‘call DPW’; ‘your tree can’t be saved.’ ” People were amazed at how quick FUF’s response was to their situations. Many came to Lovell’s house in the Sunset and borrowed stake pounders, cross braces, and other tools to rescue their trees themselves. away, saying “you guys rock.” January 4th may have been a singular storm, but it was met by a singular effort, and we are all grateful to Pam Lovell for her good work. larger 24-inch box trees favored by city agencies. Lovell comments that while January’s storms were in the “act of God” category, taking down healthy, vibrant trees, much damage was potentially avoidable. “If people would only do gradual maintenance,” she says, “they could really protect their trees.” Adequate watering in the tree’s first five years of life helps develop healthy roots. Regular

Kudos to FUF
Friends of the Urban Forest received national recognition in November 2007 from the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), at their Annual Meeting and NeighborWoods Academy. Maryland-based ACT serves as the umbrella organization uniting all FUF-like groups around the country. FUF received the group’s “NeighborWoods Academy Scholarship,” donated by The Home Depot Foundation, which is the leading national supporter of organizations building better communities through urban forestry.

to renew your membership, and consider including FUF in your will.

saturday saturday saturday saturday saturday
NOPA/USF TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Heidi Lakics, x.110

saturday saturday
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION 9am – 12:30pm Meeting Location: Willie Brown Jr. Academy Reed Milnes, x.103



SOMA TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Naomi LeBeau, x.100



MISSION TREE CARE WORKDAY 9am – 12:30pm Meeting location: TBA Heather Ellison, x.102

MIRALOMA TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Heidi Lakics, x.110



MISSION TREE CARE WORKDAY 9am – 12:30pm Meeting location: TBA Heather Ellison, x.102


MISSION TREE CARE WORKDAY 9am – 12:30pm Meeting location: TBA Heather Ellison, x.102

saturday sunday saturday saturday saturday saturday
EARTH WEEK TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Heidi Lakics, x.110


FUF AND GREENS RESTAURANT PRESENT GROWN IN SAN FRANCISCO, an evening to benefit FUF, bringing together foodies and tree huggers to celebrate our common visions


of community, environment, and sustainability. For more info. contact: Ryan Teller, x.104


BERNAL HEIGHTS TREE CARE WORKDAY 9am – 12:30pm Meeting location: TBA Heather Ellison, x.102

TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Naomi Le Beau, x.100


WESTERN ADDITION TREE CARE WORKDAY 9am – 12:30pm Meeting location: TBA Heather Ellison, x.102



TREE PLANTING 9am – noon Meeting location: TBA Heidi Lakics, x.110

Information may change without notice. Please call 415-561-6890 and listen to appropriate voicemail options.

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