World Resource Institute

San Francisco, United States

“Trees along our streets and in our parks make our city a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient place to live. From improving public health and helping children learn to storing carbon and enhancing wildlife habitat, urban trees provide a range of important benefits for our community.”

London N. Breed, Mayor, San Francisco, United States

Success Story

Supporting healthy ecosystems—like urban forests—is a key part of San Francisco’s climate action plan and our efforts to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 and become more resilient to climate change. San Francisco has 125,000 street trees and 131,000 trees in our parks, and every San Franciscan is within a 10-minute walk from a park. San Francisco has developed an Urban Forest Plan for greener and healthier street trees, which resulted in a citywide street tree maintenance program—StreetTreeSF—which has the goal to add 30,000 new street trees over the next 20 years. In addition, the City has adopted policies designed to protect nearby and faraway forests.

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