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Action Alert: TODAY is Deadline for East Bay Tree-felling Comments

This article is reprinted with permission from SFForest.net The deadline for comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the East Bay Tree-felling plan is TODAY. From the FEMA website: Submitting Comments on the Draft EIS Written comments must … Continue reading

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Sutro Stewards: The Good, The Bad, and the… ???

In recent months, many people have asked us about the Sutro Stewards, and we’d like to explain our position. We’re not affiliated with them. The Sutro Stewards are a volunteer group that works primarily on Mount Sutro. Craig Dawson is … Continue reading

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May 2013: Mount Sutro Forest Hike in a Dry Spell

We’ve had an unusually dry winter here in California, and even San Francisco’s had a hot spell recently. So what’s happening in Mount Sutro Forest, usually so damp and green? In brief: It’s not damp, but it is green. The … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest “Fire Hazard” – Lesson from the Oakland Hills

We are publishing, with permission and minor edits, this statement from a Board Member of the Hills Conservation Network.  This East Bay organization includes among its Board people who were directly impacted by the Oakland fire, and are dedicated to … Continue reading

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The Importance of Eucalyptus

It’s Earth Day today, and we’d like to talk about the importance of Eucalyptus trees. Surprisingly, even some people who identify as environmentalists have no idea of the far-reaching value of these trees in our environment. San Francisco has a … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Statement by Dr Joseph Mascaro

This is the statement of Dr Joseph Mascaro at the February 25th 2013 hearing UCSF held about the Draft Environmental Impact Report regarding Sutro Forest. It is published here with permission and added emphasis. ——————————- My name is Dr. Joseph … Continue reading

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Fimrite’s Forest: The Evil Twin of Sutro Forest

Fimrite’s Forest is the evil twin of Mount Sutro Cloud Forest. It occupies the same space, but it’s quite different from the forest we know and love. It’s described in Peter Fimrite’s recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, and … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF’s Public Hearing Strongly Favors Preserving Sutro Forest

This is a quick post reporting on UCSF’s Feb 25th hearing. We’ll update it as necessary from the transcript and notes. [Edited to Add: Post updated to put in actual numbers of speakers and add two themes.] —————————- Around 250 … Continue reading

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Why Does UCSF Want to Destroy Sutro Forest?

This article is republished from Death of a Million Trees with permission and minor edits. —————- Why Does UCSF Want to Destroy Sutro Forest? The short answer to that question is “I don’t know.” However, since many of the over … Continue reading

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Is UCSF’s Sutro Forest Actually Unhealthy?

The main argument UCSF makes for the plan to remove 30,000 trees is that the forest is unhealthy. But is it? The letter below is from Alma Hecht, a Certified Arborist who evaluated the forest. SAN FRANCISCO’S FORESTS by Alma … Continue reading

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Nearly 800 Signatures on the Mount Sutro Forest Petition

At midnight of Feb 7, the petition already had 789 signatures,  and of course, many more comments. If you’re interested,  please go to the petition by clicking on the button below. And if you haven’t signed it but would like … Continue reading

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“Enough with this Tree Genocide”: Comments from The Petition to Save Mount Sutro Forest

In two days, 540 people have signed the petition to save the trees on Mt Sutro. To recap, the UCSF plan for Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve – of which it owns 61 acres – proposes to fell over 90% … Continue reading

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Stand with Miranda – Saving Forests in Tasmania

Miranda Gibson has spent one year living in a tree in a Tasmanian forest, protesting the logging of old-growth forest. We wrote about her about a year ago: Her “Day 13” blogpost. Her unflinching courage and dedication impressed us then. … Continue reading

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Fact Check: Nothing Grows UnderEucalyptus? (Allelopathy)

Like most people in the US, we’ve been listening to some of the political speeches and the discussion around them recently. And we’re rather heartened by a newly emerging trend: fact-checking. In the last few months, one “fact” we’ve heard … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Cloud Forest: An August 2012 Hike

The summer fog’s been hanging around the Cloud Forest, and when we went up there late last weekend, it had lightened but not lifted. We climbed up by the Christopher entrance to the South Ridge trail. It was cool and … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program Ignores Breeding Birds

We’d written earlier about chainsaws in Glen Canyon Park, even though spring is the breeding season for birds and animals, a time when trees and thickets should be left undisturbed. [Click HERE to read that article, Chainsaws in the Nesting … Continue reading

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What Adolph Sutro Didn’t Know About the Eucalyptus Forest

Mount Sutro Cloud Forest, a century-old forest of eucalyptus, was planted by former mayor and philanthropist Adolph Sutro (1830-1898). Like the larger and better-known Muir Woods, it’s the last remnant of a forest that covered a much larger area – … Continue reading

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The Murdered Tree on Mt Davidson

[Edited to Add:  This tree finally went down on April 8 or 9, 2013, following strong winds in the Bay Area.] It’s visible for miles around, the dramatic dead tree high on the brow of Mt Davidson. That’s the Murdered … Continue reading

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Miranda’s Daily Blog: Day 13

Miranda’s trying to save a forest in Tasmania, on Mt Mueller. We’re trying to save a forest in San Francisco, on Mount Sutro. But here’s what really got me: “It seems almost crazy, doesn’t it? For someone who loves trees … Continue reading

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Mt. Davidson Park – An Open Space Preserved for Recreation or Native Plants?

It’s not just Sutro Forest. Native plant interests threaten trees throughout the city, and in particular, in San Francisco’s other significant century-old forest: Mt Davidson. A favorite area for the residents of Miraloma Park, the Significant Natural Areas Management Plan … Continue reading

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The San Francisco Forest Alliance

We’ve been critical of the so-called “Natural” areas program (or officially, the Significant Natural Resource Areas Plan) that covers some 1100 acres across 32 separate parks in San Francisco.  While the idea of a Natural Area is appealing (as it … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies in Eucalyptus in San Francisco

Like everyone else, we knew that Monarch butterflies visit California’s coast in winter. What we didn’t know was that they’re right here in San Francisco! (The picture here isn’t from San Francisco, it’s from a commercial stock-photo site.) MONARCHS AMONG … Continue reading

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Killing Healthy Trees in SF’s “Natural Areas”

We referred to this article in our summary of the mistakes in the Draft Environmental Impact Report on SF’s Natural Areas. We are now reprinting it with permission (and minor edits) from the website, Death of a Million Trees. It … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Natural Areas: The Many Mistakes in the Draft EIR

We’ve posted several times recently about the San Francisco Natural Areas Program. About the overall program: Why San Francisco’s Natural Areas Are — Unnatural About trees to be felled: Destroying the Trees of San Francisco About pesticide use: Toxic and … Continue reading

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“Natural Areas Program”: Destroying the Trees of San Francisco

We re-publish this recent article with permission (and minor edits) from Death of a Million Trees. Plans for managing San Francisco’s Natural Areas — currently the subject of a Draft Environmental Impact Report — calls for cutting down thousands of … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro: Cloud Forest Pictures by Paul Hudson

The other day, we happened upon this photograph on Flickr, the photo-sharing website that’s part of Yahoo. We go into the forest often, and have hundreds of pictures taken in various seasons and times of day. This was different. It … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest: The View From Cole Valley

Soon after we posted our impression of a deforested Mount Sutro viewed from the south, someone wrote to us about the views from the Eastern side, where Cole Valley and Mount Olympus and many other neighborhoods currently enjoy the view … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest: Sounds of the Cloud Forest

Bay Area Sound Ecology, an organization promoting awareness of the soundscape, conducts “soundwalks.” These are expeditions that focus on listening rather than just looking. Last evening, Jeremiah Moore and Andrea Williams led such a soundwalk in the Mount Sutro Cloud … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest, Native Plants, and Ideology: Debate between a Climatologist and Charlie – Part I

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been hosting an interesting debate on our website, between US-based Charlie (who’s commented here before) and Gov Pavlicek , a climatologist from the Netherlands (NL).  We think this conversation is interesting enough for its own … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest Ecosystem and Wildlife Habitat

We’ve talked earlier about how Sutro Forest works as a Cloud Forest, and why it’s always damp. Today, it’s Sutro Forest as an ecosystem and a habitat.  UCSF recently had a scoping meeting for its Environmental Impact Review for their … Continue reading

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