|Located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and 5th Street in San Francisco, this active tree nursery will offer visitors unique opportunities to learn about the benefits of trees for people and the environment, including the chance to engage with arborists.
“The opening of our first City-run street tree nursery is important for so many reasons,” said San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed. “First, we’re nurturing home-grown trees instead of outsourcing them from so many miles away. This means we’re emitting less carbon in the process and stepping closer towards our climate goals. Second, we’re making sure we can better prioritize new trees in neighborhoods that have historically been left out from these investments so that all San Franciscans can have access to cleaner air, more green spaces, and a healthier environment. I’m grateful to Governor Newsom for committing funding to this project last year, and all of our State partners at Caltrans, CalFire, and the California Natural Resources Agency for making today a reality.”
Last week, Caltrans unveiled another Clean California project in San Francisco, along 4th Street between Yerba Buena Gardens and the Moscone Transit Center. And last month, Governor Newsom announced the latest round of Clean California grants to cities, local governments and transit agencies throughout the state, which included $3.3 million to clean transit stations and bus stops throughout San Francisco.
Before and after photos overlooking a key gateway to and from San Francisco at the base of the Bay Bridge that has been transformed under Clean California into a tree nursery and educational center.
Governor Newsom at Fifth Street Tree Nursery project ribbon-cutting
Clean California has helped individuals overcome barriers to employment, including 357 people who had been experiencing homelessness, and has drawn more than 10,000 volunteers to events ranging from community cleanups to large debris collections for appliances, tires and mattresses. As this effort moves forward, Caltrans and local communities will continue to raise awareness of the negative impact litter has on natural resources, waterways, public safety and public health to help drive a cultural shift of shared responsibility for clean and vibrant public spaces.
Caltrans is also developing a program in which communities throughout the state can earn a special Clean California Community designation by meeting criteria centered around preventing and cleaning up litter, promoting recycling and greening or beautifying neighborhoods.
To find out how to volunteer with Clean California, please visit: CleanCA.com.