Save the Trees in Mission District's 24th Street Corridor

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San Francisco has posted tree removal notices on a series of healthy, mature Indian Laurel (Ficus) trees on 24th Street in the Mission District opposed by neighbors and merchants.

The lead agency for this threat is the Bureau of Urban Forestry/Department of Public Works (DPW).  According to the latest tree census, there are an estimated 2,700 mature Ficus street trees planted years ago by the City in the early 1960s.  DPW is acting under a 2014 standing order (#183151) to eliminate Ficus and Black Acacia trees that neatly folds in with a recent 2016 voter initiative (Proposition E) returning maintenance of street trees to the City.  

Simply put, removing this many trees reduces maintenance costs in the long run for the City but also further diminishes the size and volume of our urban forest canopy, already the smallest (at 16%) of any major American city today.

In the case of 24th Street, tree removals will deprive a diverse neighborhood of its character and wildlife habitats, contribute to local climate change by removing carbon sinks, increase respiratory health problems of residents caused by auto pollution, eliminate the cooling provided by shade trees, exacerbate stormwater drainage by diverting water into an antiquated sewer system and destroying nesting grounds for a variety of bird populations.

Please sign our petition and comment to end this War on Trees happening throughout San Francisco.



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