Oakland is a major city in the San Francisco Bay Area and is known for its busy port and productive industrial and technology sectors. The city was named for its once extensive oak woodlands, which provided much of the timber to build the cities of the Bay Area. The City of Oakland now maintains more than 200,000 trees on its streets and extensive parks. Oakland is also adjacent to extensive forested parks such as Redwood Regional Park.
Oakland is working on expanding and maintaining street and park trees, focusing on bringing their benefits to lower-income and disadvantaged communities. Cities4Forests is working with the city to explore financing options, encourage inter-agency collaboration, and look for opportunities to invest in nearby forests for watershed health.
Cities4Forests is working with Oakland to explore new financing options for tree maintenance and expansion, as well as strategies to bring the benefits of trees to lower-income and disadvantaged communities.