San Francisco Plots its Urban Forest

San Rafael, Calif. (March 8, 2007)- The City and County of San Francisco today announced the development and launch of a city-wide, dynamic online map of the city’s growing number of trees. Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), through the Mayor’s Office of City Greening, worked together with the City’s Bureau of Urban Forestry (BUF) and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), a local San Francisco non-profit organization, to develop this Urban Forest Mapping System, which will serve as a central dynamic resource where San Francisco residents, community groups and city employees can update and share information about new or existing street trees that form part of the city’s urban forest.

Local government agencies, FUF and the community will all see benefits from this collaborative mapping effort. The Bureau of Urban Forestry and FUF now have a vital, technology-based tool for tree maintenance and management, enabling urban forest managers to inventory and map existing, future and past tree locations. City officials can also quickly and accurately calculate costs and benefits of the urban forest as a whole or in specific areas, allowing the city to strategically focus support for tree planting and maintenance in certain areas of need. The system will also foster greater community involvement and awareness of the urban forest – citizens can go online to access tree data, report problems, upload personal tree information, such as photos and stories, and add information about privately owned trees to the city inventory.
“The City of San Francisco is dedicated to being one of the greenest cities on the planet. This Urban Forest Mapping Project is an exciting opportunity for our community to create an online forum to become more actively involved in the greening of the city,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “Not only will this technology make the city’s maintenance procedures easier to perform, but our citizens now have a place where they can come together to make a difference to the urban landscape.”
Read the full press release about Friends of the Urban Forest.
Related Resources:
San Francisco Urban Forest Mapping Project
San Francisco Urban Forest Mapping System
Friends of the Urban Forest