Final Decision

This has been reproduced with some changes from the original post at


We received a copy of the decision on the Jefferson Street trees (at Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco).

Though it’s not quite as good as we’d hoped, we think it’s a lot more reasonable than the original plan to just wipe out all the trees on two busy city blocks.

We hope the merchants of Jefferson St will also benefit from the retention of the trees; at an Urban Forestry presentation, the speaker said that streets with trees encourage people to linger and thus spend more.

Key findings from the decision regarding Jefferson trees

(You can read the whole decision here: Jefferson_St_Decision_180718.)

The City responded to the public support for the trees. We want to thank the hundreds who supported this effort; and the project planners and the city for finding another way.

We hope it’s a model for other projects with unnecessary tree removal.

We call on all City departments to consider that people love trees, are passionate about them and will try to defend them. New saplings cannot be considered to “replace” mature trees in size, canopy, grace, or habitat and ecological values. Therefore, projects should be planned to minimize the number of trees impacted, and designed to avoid tree removals as far as possible.

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