We received this letter from a long-time hiker in Sutro Forest, who is aghast at the destruction there. We publish it unedited.
“Dear fellow environmentalists and friends of Mount Sutro Forest …
I am lately shocked and horrified even more than usual by the great harm being done to Mount Sutro.
The despicable monsters who are responsible for this ongoing destruction should be jailed/fined for crimes against the environment.
First of all, the trees at the Belgrave trailhead have been felled and huge logs lie across the ivy.
As you climb higher up, it fortunately (so far) looks as gorgeous as ever — but this was such a shock…
How could these misguided tree killers be allowed to continue to destroy Sutro Forest and other parks and green spaces?
Irreparable harm is being done to the upper Historic Trail also, as well as the other trails. Logs and branches were all over and huge trunks along the trails, some where sawdust was still on the trail next to the doomed tree. Of course it was unnaturally dry where these crazies have done their damage.
It would improve my mood greatly to see the demise of these destructive, antienvironment tree-haters.
What was supposed to be a peaceful nature appreciation hike turned out to also be a bummer as not only did I note with horror the destruction of beautiful, big, healthy trees, but all along the trails as well were the big green dots on other trees that were marked for murder by this bunch of environmental criminals.
It appears they would like nothing more than to make Mount Sutro as bare as Twin Peaks and Bernal Heights Park.
We’re saddened that two entrances to the forest that were absolutely magical are now … ordinary. The entrance at Belgrave was a couple of posts leading to a narrow winding trail amid tall trees. Once you stepped inside, it was another world.
The entrance to the Stanyan trail was similar – a sudden, miraculous transition from an pleasant residential area into a fairy-tale forest in the heart of the city. Those entrance trees are also gone, victims of “tree-work” after the Stanyan trail was opened up.