Urban Forestry Council

08.28.12 Urban Forestry Council Meeting Approved Minutes

Tue, 2012-08-28

City and County of San Francisco

Department of the Environment

URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

APPROVED MINUTES

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012, 6:00 P.M.

CITY HALL, ROOM 416

ONE DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT JR. PLACE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call.  The Urban Forestry Council meeting convened at 6:02 p.m.  Present:  Chair D’Agostino, Vice Chair Flanagan, Members Buck, Costello, Hillson, Muraoka, Sider, Sutherland, and Vargas; Excused:  Members Barrow, Hillan, Sherwin and Sullivan.

 

  1. Adoption of Minutes of the May 25, 2012 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  May 25, 2012 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)  Upon Motion by Chair D’Agostino, second by Member Hillson, the May 25, 2012 Meeting Minutes were approved without objection.  (AYES: Chair D’Agostino, Vice Chair Flanagan, Members Buck, Costello, Hillson, Muraoka, Sider, Sutherland, and Vargas; Absent:  Members Barrow, Hillan, Sherwin and Sullivan.)

 

  1. Public Comment:  Members of the public may address the Council on matters that are within the Council’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.  There was no public comment at this time.

 

  1. Update on the Urban Forest Master Plan.  (Explanatory Document:  Urban Forest Plan Presentation) Speakers:  Jon Swae and Kay Cheng, San Francisco Planning Department (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

 

Mr. Jon Swae, Urban Forest Plan Manager, updated the Council on the status of the Urban Forest Plan discussing topics that include: (Reference Urban Forest Plan Presentation)

  • What is an urban forest? Forest ecology and how it can be applied to an urban environment.
  • Guidance from the 2005 Urban Forest Plan and plans to update the tree estimate.
  • Why plan for the urban forest? Environmental, economic and social benefits of trees.
  • Obstacles to the urban forest:  harsh growing environment, inconsistent and insufficient tree canopy, inadequate tree funding.
  • Tree Transfer Maintenance Plan to expand and grow the urban forest.

 

Ms. Kay Cheng presented on current work on the Plan to create a street tree financing study, street tree census in three San Francisco neighborhoods, and working in collaboration with partners on Urban Forest Plan vision and goals.  Mr. Swae discussed next steps and presented the upcoming schedule for the Plan that is due for completion in spring 2013.  He discussed working with the Council to develop a vision and the possibility of forming a working group that would regularly meet to address key points of input.

 

Council members (1) requested ongoing updates and a list of goals that are being worked on; (2) suggested consulting environmental planning to strengthen the process and the Department of Public Health on their assessment of how a green environment is a healthy environment; and (3) including sidewalk gardens as a greening strategy.                                                                       

 

  1. Hearing on Nomination for Landmark Tree Status. The Council will hold a hearing to determine whether the following trees meet the criteria for designation as  landmark trees: Presenter: Landmark Tree Committee Chair Rose Hillson  (Discussion and Action)
  • Magnolia (Magnolia Campbellii) located at 439 Brussels Street, Assessor’s Block 6047, Lot 026, San Francisco, CA.  (Explanatory Documents:  Property Owner Nomination Form, Committee and Staff Evaluation Forms, Landmark Tree Committee Written Report)
  • Juniper (Juniperus spp) located at 439 Brussels Street, Assessor’s Block 6047, Lot 026, San Francisco, CA (Explanatory Documents:  Property Owner Nomination Form, Committee and Staff Evaluation Forms, Landmark Tree Committee Written Report)

 

Landmark Tree Committee Chair Hillson and Member Buck reported on the Landmark Tree Committee’s evaluation of the two trees and recommendation for denial of landmark tree status (Reference Landmark Tree Committee Written Report).

 

Public Comment:  Mr. Robert Bozzini, member of the public who initiated the nomination for the property owner, Mr. Raymond Bozzini, spoke in support of the nomination for landmark tree status and discussed his involvement with the concerns of the neighboring property owner.

 

Upon Motion by Member Flanagan, second by Member Sider, the nomination for landmark tree status for the Magnolia and Juniper trees at 439 Brussels Street was not recommended for landmark tree status (AYES: Chair D’Agostino, Vice Chair Flanagan, Members Buck, Costello, Hillson, Muraoka, Sider, Sutherland, and Vargas; Absent:  Members Barrow, Hillan, Sherwin and Sullivan).

 

  1. Approval of Draft Resolution File 2012-02-UFC to amend “Article VIII – Committees, Section 4 –Standing Committees, to change the meeting schedule of Urban Forestry Council Planning and Funding Committee and Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee meetings. (Explanatory Document:  Approved Resolution 002-12-UFC) (Discussion and Action)  Sponsor and Speaker:  Maria D’Agostino, Chair. 

 

Upon Motion by Chair D’Agostino, second by Member Sider, Resolution File 2012-02-UFC to amend the Bylaws to change the Committee meeting schedules was approved without objection (AYES:

 

  1. Review and Approval of Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee Proposed Amendments to the Landmark Tree Nomination Form and Draft Resolution File 2012-03-UFC to Amend Form.  (Explanatory Documents:  Amended Landmark Tree Nomination  Form and Approved Resolution 003-12-UFC) Sponsor and Speaker:  Landmark Tree Committee Chair Hillson (Discussion and Action)

 

Landmark Tree Committee Chair Hillson and Committee Members Sutherland and Vargas reported on proposed amendments to the Landmark Tree Nomination Form as recommended by the Landmark Tree Committee.Member Hillson reported that the Resolution to the Board of Supervisors recommending amendments to the nomination form would be forwarded to the Board at the time Landmark Tree Ordinance grove amendments are finalized.Council Chair D’Agostino and Member Buck discussed the importance of including photos in the landmark tree nomination packet.

 

Upon Motion by Chair D’Agostino, second by Member Vargas, the amendments to the Landmark Tree Nomination Form were approved without objection (AYES:

 

  1. Update on Street Tree Pamphlet and Press Release.  (Explanatory Documents:  San Francisco Street Tree Pamphlet Tree List and Edits) Sponsor and Speaker:  Maria D’Agostino, Chair (Informational Report and Discussion)

 

Chair D’Agostino reported on the working group’s selection of trees and language for the Street Tree Guide for San Francisco. She reported that she is awaiting information from Friends of the Urban Forest and approval from the Council before the pamphlet is submitted to PG&E for printing. Council Members provided suggestions to the language and selection of trees and discussed the differences between this guide and the Urban Forestry Council’s Recommended Street Tree List for San Francisco.The guide once published would be made available online at the Friends of the Urban Forest, Department of Public Works, and Urban Forestry Council websites.

 

Public Comment:Mr. Douglas Wildman reported on his inquiries about the species listed on the small, medium, and large tree list and suggested that it should correlate with the City’s existing list.

 

  1. Update on Urban Forestry Council Organizational Assessment Survey. Sponsor and Speaker: Maria D’Agostino, Chair (Informational Report and Discussion)

 

Chair D’Agostino reported that eight of the thirteen Council Members have filled out the Organizational Assessment Survey, and that it was reopened to provide the opportunity for the rest of the Council Members to respond.

 

  1. Urban Forestry Council Membership Term Limits and New Member Recruitment. Sponsor and Speaker:  Maria D’Agostino, Chair (Informational Report and Discussion) 

 

Chair D’Agostino reported on November 2012 Council membership term limits for most Council Members.She encouraged Council Members to consider whether they have time to participate in the Council and to provide timely information as requested.Member Vargas, who holds a mayoral seat, reported that she would be resigning from the Council at the end of her term in November.This agenda topic would be scheduled for discussion at the September Planning and Funding Committee meeting.

 

  1. Briefing on Process Improvements for Tree-Related Planning Code Requirements.  (Explanatory Documents:  Tree Related Planning Code Requirements – Update on Process Improvements, Required Checklist for Tree Planting and Protection, Feasibility of Tree Planting or Removal form, and Flowchart of Proposed Business Process for Tree Protection, Removal and Planting) Speakers:  Members Sider and Buck  (Informational Report and Discussion) 

 

Member Sider presented on San Francisco Planning Department’s process improvements for tree-related Planning Code requirements and distributed (1) the flowchart showing the proposed business process for tree protection, removal and planting, (2) the interdepartmental referral for feasibility of tree planting or removal, and (3) the required checklist for tree planting and protection (Reference explanatory documents). Member Buck reported on the Department of Public Work’s (DPW) process issues with the previous plan and improvements made by the new plan.  He discussed DPW’s role in coordination with the Planning Department.  Council Members and Member Buck discussed the availability of DPW staff time and resources to implement the requirements and the possibility of creating separate application fees for DPW’s work.
 

  1. Staff Report.  Staff will provide updates on Urban Forestry Council administrative and programmatic operations relating to research, planning, funding, outreach, and other related activities. (Informational Report and Discussion) There was no staff report issued at this time.

 

  1. Committee Reports: (Informational Reports and Discussion)

Planning & Funding Committee. Chair’s Report on June and July meetings.  The August meeting was cancelled.  Committee Chair D’Agostino reported that all agenda topics were discussed at this meeting.  The Planning and Funding Committee members would be updated about future scheduling of Board of Supervisors meetings at the September 11 Committee meeting.

 Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee Report.  Chair’s Report on the August 14, 2012 Meeting and Recommendations (Explanatory Documents:  Memo to Council regarding Tree Walk Idea and Mayors of San Francisco for Tree Walk List).  Member Hillson reported on the Landmark Tree Committee’s review of landmark tree nominations heard at this meeting, landmark tree ordinance amendments to add landmark groves, and nomination form for landmark groves that are pending further review by Department of Public Works.   She reported that landmark tree identifiers had been continued to the call of the chair because of the cost associated with bronze identifiers.  The Committee schedule has changed to the first Thursday at 4:15 p.m. on an ad hoc basis.  Member Hillson presented on her idea of planting trees as dedications to San Francisco mayors that could be an outreach mechanism and increase the visibility of the Council.  Council Members provided their input.

 

  1. Chair’s Announcements: Chair, Urban Forestry Council (Information,  Discussion, and Action)
  • Memoriam to Milton Marks III, Council Member Emeritus.  Approval for Chair to create a condolence letter from the Urban Forestry Council.  (Discussion and Action) 

 

Chair D’Agostino stated that Milton Marks III was a vital member of the Tree Advisory Board that led to the formation of the Urban Forestry Council and discussed his environmental and community leadership in San Francisco.  Upon Motion by Member Sutherland, second by Member Sider, the Chair was granted approval to create a condolence letter on behalf of the Urban Forestry Council (AYES: Chair D’Agostino, Vice Chair Flanagan, Members Buck, Costello, Hillson, Muraoka, Sider, Sutherland, and Vargas; Absent:  Members Barrow, Hillan, Sherwin and Sullivan).

 

  1. Urban Forestry Council Member Announcements. (Information and Discussion)  Member Vargas announced the upcoming great tree count and kickoff for the Urban Forest Map scheduled from September 30 – October 7 and boot camp training program that will be publicized on Facebook. Member Costello announced the completion of a University of California production video on training young trees directed to home gardeners.

 

  1. New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Information and Discussion)  Member Muraoka suggested that a presentation be made on the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Plan preferred alternative that has been identified as it relates to the impact on street trees in the median and opportunities to plant new trees. 

 

  1. Public Comment:  Members of the public may address the Council on matters that are within the Council’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.  There was no public comment at this time.

 

  1. AdjournmentThe Urban Forestry Council meeting adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

 

The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Council is scheduled for Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., Room 400, San Francisco City Hall.

 

Copies of explanatory documents are available to the public at the Department of Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., upon request to the Council Secretary at the above address or telephone number 415-355-3709 or via e-mail at Monica.Fish@Sfgov.org.  Explanatory documents are also available at the Council’s meeting or agenda website https://sites.google.com/a/sfenvironment.org/commission/urban-forestry-council as attachments with each agenda or meeting minutes.

 

Urban Forestry Council, San Francisco Department of the Environment

City and County of San Francisco

11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Respectfully submitted by,

Monica Fish, Council Secretary

Approved:  October 23, 2012