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September 3, 2012

A few days ago, we posted about the Jefferson Street trees, and how 21 of the 25 trees would be saved. We now have the actual revised plan for the tree-felling there, and it’s not as good as we thought: 10 trees are actually going to be chopped down.


Seven of the trees on Jefferson are London Plane Trees (sycamores, platanus acerifolia). They’re the ones in front of the mellow brick structure of the Hotel Argonaut and give this part of the street much of its grace and beauty.

They’re also the trees that are the host tree for the  Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. According to lepidopterist Liam O’Brien who testified at the hearing on August 27, these will likely be full of overwintering pupae ready to hatch into pretty butterflies in the spring.

Four of the seven trees are slated to be chopped down, pupae and all.  Only one is to be replaced. In the picture below, all the trees sprayed yellow will be felled.

A pittosporum tree in the same line  – between the two buildings in the picture above – would be felled without replacement.  Out of the first ten trees you encounter when you walk from Hyde Street onto Jefferson, only five would be left. In addition, a ficus tree at the end of the block would be cut down, but replaced with a sapling

August 27,2012

STOP PRESS! 21 trees saved!

At the SF DPW meeting this evening, we learned that owing to the huge public support for the activists working to save the trees, the project managers have gone back and modified the project. Only 4 trees will be removed. Three London Plane trees (sycamores) are in front of the Hotel Argonaut, and they need to have a passenger drop-off zone that is also ADA accessible. One pittosporum is in the way of some construction. In recompense, four new trees will be planted somewhere in Fishermans Wharf, though probably not on Jefferson St. Three more trees may be in poor condition and will be monitored. Kathy Hallinan, who was a leading activist in this effort, will be in the working group making tree decisions.

At the meeting, the San Francisco Forest Alliance, the Sierra Club, and lepidopterist Liam O’Brien all expressed their support for retaining the trees, as did a number of individuals. Please send thank you notes to , , mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org

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