UCSF has a detailed plan for Mount Sutro’s forest.
It involves adding three new trails (shown in dark red on the map):
- The Christopher/ South Ridge Trail (parallel to Christopher on the map) ;
- The Clarendon/ South Ridge Trail (joining the Christopher/ South Ridge Trail and shaped like a hairpin); and
- The Campus/Historic Trail. (The wiggly red line from Medical Center Way.)
(The plan also involves felling thousands of trees, first in four areas of the forest comprising 7.5 acres
8.5 acres – the yellow areas on the map below – then eventually everywhere they can reach).
An Environmental Impact Report is in preparation, and will be opened for comments after it’s drafted. Only after the comments have been received, considered, and responded to would the planned actions proceed.
Or so one would think.
SUTRO TRAIL SURPRISE
So we were surprised, on a recent visit to the forest, to find a huge new trail hacked into the forest. It’s one of the trails proposed in the Plan, the top half of the “Christopher-South Ridge” trail. It joins the Nike Road, just above the Gash left by the SF Water Department, to the South Ridge. (These points are already joined by the Nike Rd and the South Ridge Trail.)
It punches right through the top of the area (#5 on the map above) that was supposed to be left “untouched” in the Project.
We saw a recent call for trail-work volunteers from the Sutro Stewards, the organization headed by Craig Dawson, which provides the volunteers working Mount Sutro. We wondered what they meant, since the major recent effort, the Kill-trees trail, is done.
Now we know.
There were no meetings, no intimation from UCSF that such a trail was being built before completion of the Environmental Impact Report. They’re aware it’s a sensitive issue, because the meetings have been quite vociferous.
We’re disappointed. And surprised, but not very surprised.
[ETA: We’ve put in the map to clarify, and edited the post to correspond to the map.]