It’s that time of the year: Habitat removal time. In Glen Canyon Park, bushes and small trees that provide an impenetrable thicket for birds and animals to take cover are now becoming a lot more penetrable…
Meanwhile, there will be pesticides. The preferred pesticides this year for Natural Areas is glyphosate (Aquamaster), the pesticide linked to birth defects; and imazapyr (Polaris), the pesticide that sticks around. We’ve written about a recent application on Mt Davidson recently, now here they are in Glen Canyon Park.
We should mention that these photographs were sent to us by Glen Park neighbors, who were not pleased to see this activity.
We will give the SF RPD points for clearly marking what they’re doing, though. It’s good to know when there are poisons around. [ETA: Except, a neighbor who tried to call told us, the phone number is wrong. CORRECTION: Ralph Montana of IPM (415)
831-6314. ETA2: 831-6306 will take you to Ralph Montana. ]
So far, Mt Sutro seems to be the only wilderness in San Francisco where there have been no pesticides used in the last two years. (Thanks, UCSF!) We don’t know how long this will last. The planned projects call for pesticide use on the mountain.