Tree Planting December 9!

Please join us for a tree planting on the Glen Park Greenway on Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. We’ll be planting coast live oak and other native species.

It is important that you RSVP to this event through Friends of the Urban Forest: We need to ensure we have enough tools and light lunch for afterward. An RSVP also ensures you’ll receive future communication about this event:

We’ll be working rain or shine. Bring water, a sun hat and/or rain gear, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. Coffee and a light lunch will be provided.




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3 responses to “Tree Planting December 9!

  1. This looked like good news – planting trees! But they’re planting coast live oaks, which are highly susceptible to Sudden Oak Death, especially in our foggy climate; and they’re very slow-growing.

    I hope the “other native species” have been better thought through. It might be a place for redwoods, actually.

    • NicholasDewar

      Hello CampMather, thanks for paying attention to our Greenway plans. I’m one of the community volunteers working on the Greenway tree-planting project.
      We selected oak trees as the main species in our planting because the SF Department of the Environment recommends oaks as providing quality habitat for wildlife and plants. It is a tree with quite a wide canopy that may be hard to maintain in most urban settings, so we are interested to use such an environmentally valuable tree in the Greenway where there is sufficient space for it to grow without creating unusual maintenance problems.
      Yes it’s true that many oaks in the Bay Area are suffering from Sudden Oak Death (SOD). The SODMAP (see ) that tracks this shows that, whereas neighboring counties have elevated case levels, SF is generally free of SOD except for some cases in the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. We have taken care to minimize the risk of introducing infected oaks by buying the oaks that will be planted from a highly reputable nursery and by disinfecting the acorns that we have collected in 3% hydrogen peroxide. This doesn’t remove the possibility that some of these oaks may be infected in the future if SOD continues to spread in the City, but we believe that it’s worth the risk as the upside will be a significant stand of ecologically valuable habitat in our neighborhood.

      And yes, the part of the oak that we can see does grow slowly; but they are cleverly adapted to our dry summers so, astonishingly, they can grow 28 inches of tap root in two months as they follow the moisture as it retreats below ground. Also they put on 90% of their annual increase in height during a single month – the month of March when the ground is still moist and spring is getting going.

      You’ll be pleased to hear that we expect to add a redwood or two to the other redwoods that are growing on the Brompton/Lippard block.

  2. Sally Ross

    I will come. Where do we meet?


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