Best Way to Get a Free Tree - 2001
Friends of the Urban Forest
Despite the profound impact this nonprofit organization has had on the appearance of our fair city, few people know of the services it provides. Friends of the Urban Forest, founded in 1981, is "committed to the belief that trees are a critical element of a livable urban environment." The group's mission is simply to plant trees throughout San Francisco. Working with other community groups and city government, FUF has planted over 33,000 street trees here, accounting for almost a third of all of S.F.'s street trees. Friends of the Urban Forest will plant trees along the street (though not in back yards) in any neighborhood where at least 35 trees are requested, which encourages neighbors to plan together. Trees are free to the homeowners who make the request, with a nominal $25 fee charged for a maintenance visit 12 to 18 months after planting. Friends of the Urban Forest also holds free tree tours and educational seminars. Who ever said nothing is free?