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Presidio Bldg 1007 P.O. Box 29456
San Francisco
California 94129
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Programs: Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) planted its first tree on Arbor Day, 1981. Since then, we have planted 42,000 ten-foot tall street trees along the sidewalks of every San Francisco neighborhood. This is over 40% of San Francisco's street trees more than the entirety found in Golden Gate Park. Each year, FUF?s staff works with a network of community volunteers to plant a minimum of 1,000 ten-foot tall trees along the sidewalks of neighborhoods around San Francisco and care for and maintain approximately 3,000 trees. Education is essential to our mission, and we are committed to nurturing a new generation of urban foresters. Our Youth Tree Care Program, now in its twelfth year, has trained over 300 at-risk youth from San Francisco's most economically underserved communities in tree care and maintenance. Through three 142-hour sessions each year, our youth program, which offers its participants a living wage, combines field experience with skills they will need to have a competitive edge in today's crowded job market.

To promote a larger, healthier urban forest, as part of the urban ecosystem, through community plantings, maintenance, education, and advocacy.

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I signed up with Friends of the Urban Forest to give a little something back to the city and meet great people. Score on both counts! The staff at FUF are super nice and friendly and the other volunteers are great as well - bad people don't plant trees! Plus it's really nice to see different parts ... more »
I get excited everytime I see the FUF label on a tree, new or old! FUF gave me the opportunity not just to plant trees but to explore a neighborhood I've never spent time in before... more »
10 years ago Friends of the Urban Forest came to my horticulture class at City College looking for interns for their tree care program. This was my first introduction to the proper care and maintenance of trees. After the year I got a job as ground crew for a tree trimming service. A year later I... more »
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