Friends of the Urban Forest
Friends of the Urban Forest has been planting trees in San Francisco since 1981, recently totaling over 50,000 trees, or 47% of the city’s street tree canopy. In 2013, FUF initiated a three-year sidewalk garden project to create 100,000 square feet of urban gardens while removing almost as much concrete. The gardens provide habitat for wildlife, beautify the city, and reduce urban runoff. In 2014, Bently Foundation pledged $100,000 to the Sidewalk Garden project, which is ongoing to this day. During the two years this grant was applied, FUF planted over 2,400 trees, 26,400 square feet of gardens, and removed 65,000 square feet of concrete. They also converted one acre at Summit Reservoir into an urban forest with 15 large trees in one space. Overall, they created more than 108,000 square feet of new urban forests and gardens from June of 2014 to June of 2016.
Learn more about Friends of the Urban Forest here.