The Mount Sutro Stewards are building a trail from Stanyan into the Forest, in the city-owned Interior Green Belt. Work has started; in fact, they’d planned on getting volunteers in there earlier this month. We thought we’d take a look.
We were astounded by the number of felled trees.
When speaking of the trails they built on the UCSF-owned portion of the forest, Mount Sutro Stewards’ Craig Dawson recently said
they’d only cut down only one tree that only one tree had been cut down.
That’s clearly not the case
here in this city-owned section.
[For clarification: UCSF owns 61 acres of the Sutro Forest, which it calls the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve; the City owns 19 acres, which it calls the Interior Green Belt. ETA: As owners, they are responsible for tree-felling on their property.]
This had the look and feel of a logging trail. We lost count of the number of trees that had been cut down. [ETA: A neighbor reported counting over 40 stumps. ETA2 Jan 2012: Over 50 trees were felled.]
We attended a neighborhood meeting on this some months ago. At the time, the neighbors opposed to it were concerned about hazardous trees abutting their property; the forest here comes right up to the fence line. So when the tree-felling was mentioned at a recent UCSF meeting (in passing, because this trail is not UCSF land) we assumed that this was what was being referenced.
The Rec & Park budget presented had some $15,000 for assessment and removal of hazardous trees. We assumed that this would be for
removing them to remove trees close to neighboring properties.
We were wrong.
The trees have been felled all along the trail, in many places opening up the canopy completely. Some parts barely resemble a forest. And the trail is lined with huge stumps and logs of felled trees.
The Mount Sutro Stewards are calling this the “Stanyan Historic Trail.” We think a better name would be “The Kill-Trees Trail.”
It’s shown appropriately as a line of black dots in the map below.
[ETA: This map was distributed as Exhibit B of a 23 Feb 2010 Recs & Parks memo for an agenda item for a 4th March 2010 Commission hearing on allocating funds for the trail. We believe that it’s non-copyright. Anyone may obtain a copy of this memo by asking for it under the Sunshine Act.]
[ETA 2: Ben Pease claims copyright of the map for Pease Press, so we’re taking it down. Here’s the link to the whole trail map (as a PDF) on their website. The trail in question is in the area in the center marked “Interior Greenbelt” and the trail itself indicated as under construction.]