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Urban Forest Friends has been greatly impacted, as most groups have, by the COVID19 pandemic. We were unable to do tree plantings in 2020, but we made up for it with many large and small tree plantings in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. We have also been growing trees in a new nursery, and we have been working with the City of Fremont and City of Newark to add to our tree canopies. We are looking to the future, preparing to plant trees, educate the public, and help make the Tri-Cities a place where beautiful, environmentally important trees are planted and maintained. We look forward to doing more tree planting in Fall 2022.


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Free Street Tree Planting in Fremont Neighborhoods
Feb/March 2022

In partnership with the City of Fremont's CALFIRE grant.


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Newark Civic Center tree planting with St. Edward's school families
March 2022

A lively crew of families from St. Edward's, NMHS and MSJ students, and community volunteers gathered at Civic Center Park to plant eight new trees! To kick us off, the kids gave presentations about Engelmann, Cork, and Coast Live Oak trees, and how trees help us!

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Washington High School campus tree plantings
February 2022


With the help of many many Washington High School student volunteers, we planted
72 trees around the perimeter of the campus! They will provide shade and oxygen for years to come.

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Tri-City Voice
February 22, 2022

Tri-City Voice did a feature on Urban Forest Friends Washington High School tree plantings!

https://tricityvoice.com/02-22-22/

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Newark Civic Center Park tree planting
December 2021

Urban Forest Friends first Newark tree planting! We planted three Autumn Blaze Maples and two Coast Live Oaks.

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Sabercat Historical Park tree planting
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ith Greenkeepers, Microsoft, Arbor Day Foundation and City of Fremont
November
2021

We planted, watered, mulched, and staked a grand total of 80 native trees at Sabercat Historical Park!

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Tri-City Voice
August 2021

Tri-City Voice did a feature on Urban Forest Friends.

https://tricityvoice.com/08-10-21/

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Greenkeepers Sabercat Historical Park tree planting
April 2021

Urban Forest Friends assisted Greenkeepers with tree planting at Sabercat Creek in April 2021.

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Old Mission Park tree planting
March 2021

Tree planting with Bridge Rotary.

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MAKING NATURE'S CITY-

A science-based framework for building urban diversity.

Using practical guidance urban designers and local residents are working together to link local parks, greenways, street trees, stormwater basins, commercial landscaping, and backyards to support biodiversity while making cities better places to live.

Can Fremont, Newark, and Union City join the rest of the many Bay Area cities already using this guide to shape our cities's future?

https://www.sfei.org/sites/default/files/biblio_files/Making%20Natures%20City%20SFEI%20190905%20medres.pdf

Trees in the News

“A new study notes that “the planet could support nearly 2.5 billion additional acres of forest without shrinking our cities and farms, and that those additional trees, when they mature, could store a whole lot of the extra carbon — 200 gigatons of carbon, to be precise.” Planting trees, in other words, could go a long way toward saving us from ourselves.” The Trees Might Save us Yet - The New York Times

“While we are seeing big, bold plans to tackle climate change, by House Democrats, 2020 presidential candidates, and even city governments, these plans are preliminary, and will take time to implement. But there’s one thing that can be done that combats the heat, cleans the air, and that just makes cities more pleasant to live: planting trees.” Trees are an Immediate, Cost-Effective Solution to Battling Rising Temperatures - The Takeaway

“By analyzing decades of experiments, the researchers mapped the potential of carbon dioxide to increase forest biomass by the end of the century, when atmospheric concentrations of the gas could nearly double. This, in turn, will enable plants and trees to store more carbon.” Stanford-led study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future - Stanford News

“When it come to promoting human health, not all green spaces are created equal. That’s the conclusion of new Australian research, which finds higher levels of wellness in areas marked by one particular manifestation of the natural world: leafy trees.” Living Near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Wellbeing - City Lab

City of Fremont has received Urban & Community Forestry Proposition 68 Grant Funds (2020)

· Establish Fremont's first Urban Forestry Master Plan for all trees in streets and parks, including a 40-year plan horizon for planning the creation of a healthy and expanded urban forest

· In the next two years, plant 250 new trees, of which 84 of them will be in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Fremont

· Conduct a thorough inventory and assessment of over 70,000 public trees

· Establish an education and outreach program to teach property owners the value and benefits of trees, and how to care for and manage their trees

· Hold training programs for tree contractors doing business in Fremont to ensure trees are getting the best care and to promote healthy, long-lived trees

· Establish a community Tree Advisory Committee to help bring awareness and to promote the urban forest, help communicate values and benefits of trees to a diverse population, and to assist with tree disputes and appeals

Count on many new activities in the coming years around trees, the urban forest, and the expansion of one of Fremont's most precious assets. Tree program updates will be available at www.Fremont.gov/Trees.


What's missing from the Urban Forest plan is a city budget and the direction of Fremont's City Council to follow urban tree ordinances that already are in place. Currently street trees are being cut down, incorrectly pruned or topped causing early tree demise. Also street tree replacement ordinances are unenforced because there is no budget or city staff to address this. The staff of three is only able to do so much in a city of our size. Please support a larger and robust urban forestry program by letting City Council know. Also, tell the permitting department to require street trees be in place before they sign off on remodels where street trees are required in the ordinances.