Category Archives: eucalyptus

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Bees and Blue Gum Eucalyptus and Herbicides

We saw this interesting letter to the Editor in the Pulitzer Prize winning Pt Reyes Light newspaper. It’s reproduced here with permission from the edition of 6 Jan 2011. It makes reference to the two-part article Myth of the Eucalyptus … Continue reading

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Pt Reyes Light, an Informed Arborist, and Eucalyptus Globulus

We saw this interesting article (reproduced here with permission) on the website/ blog Death of A Million Trees, whose tagline is Saving trees from needless destruction in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Pt Reyes Light is a Pulitzer Prize … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Photo by Vickie McNamee

We were delighted to receive this lovely picture from hiker Vickie McNamee, together with a nice note: We had the most beautiful hike today (Saturday, Nov 27).  Thank you!  Here’s a picture you are welcome to post. Vickie Thanks, Vickie! … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus in San Francisco’s Urban Forest

One of the arborists who looked at Sutro Forest sent us this article, reprinted with the permission of its author. Written about San Francisco’s Glen Canyon, it was first published in 2009. Alma Hecht was formerly a volunteer with Friends … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Visit: Hawk and Butterflies

It was a beautiful day up in the forest, bright and breezy.  We took the trail from Christopher to the South Ridge trail, then up the South Ridge Trail to the Native Garden. The connector trail had been aggressively groomed, … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest: Blue Angels and Forest Sounds

This time last year, they’d appeared through the trees, as huge and unexpected as jet-powered flying dinosaurs. The Blue Angels were tough to photograph as they blasted by, but this was another year and another opportunity. A bike-rider passing by … Continue reading

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Excerpts from the Arborists’ Report

As we said in an earlier post, we asked two arborists to look at the Mount Sutro Forest and give us a report. Jocelyn Cohen, a Certified Arborist, holds a seat on the Urban Forest Council for the City of … Continue reading

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Tree Lovers vs Nativists: Matt Smith in the SF Weekly

Matt Smith’s new column in the SF Weekly clearly indicates the battle lines for Mount Sutro’s forest: The Nativists, who want to “thin” the eucalyptus to plant native plants instead; and Neighbors and friends of the forest, who want to … Continue reading

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Wind. Fog. Mount Sutro Forest

The wind was strong this afternoon, blowing over trashcans, swishing the tops of the eucalyptus like great lace fans, swirling the fog into romantic curls. The sun was AWOL. A perfect day for a walk in San Francisco’s own cloud … Continue reading

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Native Plants, Chaparral: Conversation with ‘Charlie’

From time to time, people come by to comment and engage with the information on this website. We appreciate that. ‘Charlie’ commented on several posts, but this comment was long and complex enough that it deserved a separate post. ******************* … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF Forest Meeting, July 2010

UCSF’s Forest meeting this evening had a reasonably good turnout with a few new faces among the familiar ones. Janet Kessler, the Jane Goodall of San Francisco’s coyotes, was present but preferred not to speak in public. We suggested she … Continue reading

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The Failed Experiment at Tank Hill

Someone emailed us to ask why UCSF were  bothering with demonstration projects, when there was the obvious example of Tank Hill. “Trees were cut down, natives planted and died,”  said the email. What did they achieve? So we looked into … Continue reading

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More Sutro Forest Birds

Some time ago, we’d posted a bird-list from birder Keith McAllister: Nearly 30 species seen or heard in a single morning in the Sutro Forest. From several other people, and covering several separate visits to the forest, we have yet … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF Sutro Forest meeting, June

This meeting, held at small Faculty center, was large and contentious. The Native Plant supporters were well-represented. There were some irate opponents, and some interested neighbors/forest-users who have not been continuously involved in the process. The most important issue discussed … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF Sutro Forest Meeting May 2010

This is a report on UCSF’s May 25th Community meeting. There are some changes following from previous meetings: The Environmental Review shows six steps instead of just a black box. The ending is not a predetermined cutting of trees on … Continue reading

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East Bay: Intent to file a Petition

(Edited to update the information in the post) Hills Conservation Network has decided to file a petition under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) against the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) and its Board of Directors.  It’s sent a notification through … Continue reading

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Increasing Biodiversity

The New Scientist, a well-reputed science magazine, ran an editorial recently headed, “Let’s put an end to biosentimentality.” It argued that “While a few introduced species have wreaked havoc, some biologists argue that most increase biodiversity, both directly and by … Continue reading

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Protecting Mount Sutro Cloud Forest Helps Biodiversity

We’d like to put Mt Sutro Cloud Forest in the context of the bio-diversity in the Western part of San Francisco. This is an 80-acre forest (including both the UCSF portion and the Interior Green Belt). That’s fairly large for … Continue reading

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Dialogue with Sutro Biker

This conversation with Sutro Biker started in the Comments. We felt it was interesting enough to have it in a separate post instead of buried at the bottom of a page. ************************************************************************ Sutro Biker (SB): I still can’t believe all the misinformation … Continue reading

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Garlon in Our Watershed

Garlon is one of the two pesticides that UCSF proposed to use to prevent re-sprouting of felled eucalyptus, blackberry and vines. It is regularly used on Twin Peaks, one of the highest points in the city. We should mention that … Continue reading

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Another Eucalyptus Myth: Bird Death (via Audubon)

One of the saddest myths about eucalyptus is that it causes the death of small birds by “beak-gumming.” According to this myth, small birds like kinglets foraging in eucalyptus flowers accumulate gummy residues that suffocate them. It’s all because Californian … Continue reading

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Sutro Cloud Forest’s Micro-climate

Sutro Cloud Forest is in the fog belt, and all summer long, its gets fog nearly every day. It’s never dry — and here’s why. The trees grab the moisture from the fog and clouds (1 in the picture); it … Continue reading

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A Forest Full of Birds

Sutro Cloud Forest is always alive with birdsong. We couldn’t identify the birds from their calls; we’re not that expert at birding. We were delighted, therefore, to hear from someone much more knowledgeable. Keith McAllister sent us a list of … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest 2010-2011: UCSF Meeting update

UCSF’s meeting was intended to inform the neighbors about the reasons for the withdrawal of the FEMA application; reaffirm their commitment to a safe, healthy, beautiful and usable forest; and lay out next steps. Barbara French opened the meeting with … Continue reading

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UCSF’s FEMA move angers “Nature in the City”

Recently, someone sent us an anti-UCSF diatribe from the newsletter of Jake Sigg, a steering committee member of Nature in the City. (That’s the parent organization of the Mt Sutro Stewards.) The topic under discussion: UCSF’s withdrawal of the FEMA … Continue reading

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Srsly, Ms. Feinstein?

When ten thousand trees are cut down on 400 acres of steep hillsides, it stands to reason it’ll have a major environmental impact. Four “fire hazard mitigation” proposals from UC Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay Regional Park District plan to … Continue reading

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Why Eucalyptus Trees can Actually Fight Fires

We were sent an article recently that was quite intriguing. It suggested that rather than adding to fire risk, eucalyptus actually fights wind-driven fire up to the point it is overcome. It does this by breaking up the flow of … Continue reading

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Euca-phobia and Fire Myths

This is an extensive excerpt from an article by Peter Gray Scott on the subject of the myths surrounding Eucalyptus and fire [with emphasis added]. It is quoted here with permission. —— One by one, myths about eucalyptus are pitched … Continue reading

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Old Growth Forest on Mt Sutro

Some months ago, we got into a discussion with “Jimbo” about old-growth forests, in the comments section of the front page of this website. (Scroll down to see the discussions.) At the time we said: “As for old-growth, I don’t … Continue reading

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Dusk in the forest (with owls)

We walked up into the Sutro Forest on a peaceful bird-filled evening. A few outside noises drifted in. The trees were full of the tweets and trills of bird-sounds,  but the creatures themselves, evidently looking to settle in for the … Continue reading

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