San Francisco Arbor Week
In San Francisco, we dedicate an entire week to celebrating trees, not just one day! While San Francisco Arbor Week changes from year to year, it is generally in the first half of March. Along with a main event day that includes volunteer activities, tree planting, neighborhood beautification, and a family-friendly fair, the week boasts other celebratory events, including a ceremonial tree planting.
Each year, signature trees are dedicated to community leaders and advocates. Past honorees include Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Ruth Asawa, Dr. Ellen Wolf, and Dana Woldow.
The 2010 ceremonial tree, a Cork Oak (Quercus suber) planted on Geary at 32nd Avenue, was dedicated to Charlie Starbuck, a San Franciscan who has volunteered nearly every weekend over the last 30 years planting trees with Friends of the Urban Forest. In that time, Starbuck has planted more than 7,000 street trees.
A highlight of the 2010 event was the Eco-fair, which SF Environment helps organize every year, featuring activities such as planter box building, bucket rides, information on recycling and composting, a petting area for ‘landscaping’ goats, and a full schedule of fun family activities.
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