STATEMENT: Tree Policy Reforms Pass Public Works Committee

“Today, the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee moved forward on two motions that aim to reform our tree replacement policy, bring increased experience and long-range vision to our City’s Urban Forestry Division, and find new ways to protect our urban canopy while at the same time fixing our broken sidewalks,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Trees not only add beauty to our neighborhoods, they provide a home for our local wildlife and are the best tool we have to clean our air and cool our City. I’m proud to have introduced these motions with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, and look forward to developing a more holistic relationship between our City and its trees.”

 

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STATEMENT ON TREE POLICIES MOVING FORWARD

“Today, the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee moved forward on two motions that aim to reform our tree replacement policy, bring increased experience and long-range vision to our City’s Urban Forestry Division, and find new ways to protect our urban canopy while at the same time fixing our broken sidewalks,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Trees not only add beauty to our neighborhoods, they provide a home for our local wildlife and are the best tool we have to clean our air and cool our City. I’m proud to have introduced these motions with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, and look forward to developing a more holistic relationship between our City and its trees.”

The two tree-related motions heard today in the Public Works and Gang Reduction (PWGR) Committee were co-presented by Councilmember Ryu and Councilmember Blumenfield, who chairs the PWGR Committee. One motion seeks to establish a Director of Community Forestry position within the Urban Forestry Division of the Bureau of Street Services. The other motion seeks to restore the Urban Forestry Division’s staffing levels to pre-2008 levels, create a citywide street tree inventory and urban forest management plan, address the City’s tree maintenance and replacement policy, and analyze new sidewalk designs that consider the need to preserve the City’s street trees.

The motions, approved by the Committee today, now head to City Council for a vote.


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