SF without trees is like Starbucks without coffee
The thought of San Francisco without trees is quite disturbing; it is one of the reasons I moved here (oodles of green space). The park department’s Natural Areas Program is interested in cutting down all of the non-native trees in the city. What is even more twisted is the Park and Rec department actually approved a plan that will require an 18-month environmental review to determine the impacts of cutting down all those trees – why consider it in the first place!?
In an ideal world, native Northern California trees would have been the only ones planted, but hey, that didn’t happen. Whether you are comfortable being called a treehugger or not, nearly everyone in the city is one to a certain extent. It is nothing to be ashamed of; San Francisco is one of the best eco-friendly cities in the country. No matter the species, we should take care of our varied foliage, native or not. The world is not a perfect place – McDonald’s is all over the world, and something tells me that cheeseburgers are not native to China, so having non-native trees in SF isn’t worth spending government money to rip them out of the ground.