Living the San Francisco Dream


Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco

San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest -

providing benefits and beauty to our city ----

trees along Jackson Street

Have you ever strolled down a city street and thought, "this is a lovely"? If so, chances are is is because of street trees. And if you are in San Francisco, chances are you owe the Friends of the Urban Forest a big "thank you." These trees increase oxygen, clean the air, add beauty, calm the nerves, and often increase property values.

Street trees in Spring

Since 1981, the non-profit Friends of the Urban Forest has planted over 43,000 street trees in the various neighborhoods of the city. Their mission statement reads, " promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco's green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy."

There are many ways in which you can get involved:

  • Make a donation to this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Volunteer your time and talents. You can help plant trees, assist in the office and with out-reach programs, monitor trees that need attention, talk to property owner about adding a street tree - possibilities abound

Interested in learning more? Sign up for the newsletter so you keep in the loop.

Friends of the Urban Forest - another San Francisco treat!

Octavia St between Jackson and Washington

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 12 commentsLottie Kendall • September 12 2014 08:44AM


Great post Lottie, I may be a little biased but I agree, a great urban forest can make for a great city, and a city without many trees is generally a little bleak and lifeless.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 6 years ago

Good morning Lottie. The city has done an amazing job adding the thousands of trees that look so great along the streets.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 6 years ago

Bob Crane - I'm glad you agree, and no, it's not a surprise!

Joe Petrowsky - those trees really do add beauty to our streets; I'm glad you noticed that. Enjoy your weekend, too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie Kendall 

How cool is that. I had no idea. I will be on the lookout - we are heading into SF in just a few minutes (here for a short faily visit - off to an art opening to see a friend, then drinks and dinner. Streets without trees look so barren.

Those photos are wonderful - who would know you were in the city!?


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Thanks for telling us about the Friends of the Urban Forest. Many communities need a group like this.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 6 years ago


San Francisco is a good example of a modern city's Urban forest.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 6 years ago

Wishing you a great time in SF Jeff Dowler CRS - and look for the trees planted by Friends of the Urban Forest!

Roy Kelley - I, for one, am glad they are here. This evening I was walking up Hyde Street on Russian Hill, and again realized one reason I walk on this street so often is because of the street trees (well, the cable cars aren't bad, either!)

Lou Ludwig - we have a lot of street trees, with more being planted every month. Lucky us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Like Bob, I may be a little biased in that those trees provide great cover and nesting habitats for the birds I love.  Great photos, and I am signing up for the newsletter if it is electronic!  Thanks, Lottie Kendall, for providing us with this great information!

Posted by Marshall Enterprises, Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts (Marshall Enterprises ) about 6 years ago

The newsletter from Friends of the Urban Forest is electronic, Marshall Enterprises - I hope you enjoy it, and that you're prompted to visit San Francisco! Have you heard about our wild parrots?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie, Ron Marshall  told me about this post.  I am so excited to read the newsletter.....and thanks for the great photos and information!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 6 years ago

Hi Suzanne McLaughlin - I'm delighted to learn of your interest, and Ron's. Happy reading!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 6 years ago

Lottie, I always love seeing a bit of green in a concrete world! Friends of the Urban Forest has done an outstanding job bringing natural beauty to San Francisco.

Posted by Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor (RISMedia) about 6 years ago