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San Francisco has adopted several policies related to the care of our urban forest, including Tree Pruning Standards, the Recommended Street Tree List, and more. 

The Tree Pruning Guide, also known as the "red booklet," was developed to help anyone, whether they know much about tree care or not, better understand the city's Adopted Pruning Standards. Read>
The Adopted Pruning Standards were developed based on accepted standards of best tree care practices to help improve the care of our city's trees. Read>
The List of Recommended Street Trees helps provide information on the trees that are proven to be the best performers in our city. In addition to the list of trees that work just about everywhere, we've included lists of trees that work well in certain situations. Read>
The City's adopted policy for management of Pine Pitch Canker.Read>