Category Archives: Herbicides

Twin Peaks: Sunset and Evening Fog and Pesticides

It was an amazingly beautiful evening over San Francisco, and of course the views from Twin Peaks were spectacular. The fog flowed through and over the Golden Gate,  and only the towers poked through.  This is the stuff that turns … Continue reading

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Natural areas, Pine Lake and Pesticides… Again

From time to time, readers send us information about pesticides being used in “Natural Areas.” This time, it’s Pine Lake in Stern Grove… the same place where Imazapyr was used even before it was approved by the City. (It’s called … Continue reading

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San Francisco, Biodiversity, and the Department of the Environment

We’re aware of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment as the first line of defense against toxic chemicals in our public lands. But they’re more than the defense-against-the-dark-chems guys. They’re the recycling guys. The energy saving guys. The community gardens … Continue reading

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Twin Peaks, Glen Canyon, Natural Areas, and Imazapyr

We’ve been seeing the new pesticide notices up on Twin Peaks, the ones we wrote about earlier here. So today, when we saw three more (and there may have been others) we assumed they were more of the same. They … Continue reading

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Roundup, Birth defects, and the new trail in Mount Sutro Forest

The new trail connecting Stanyan (just above 17th Avenue) with Medical Center Way opened a few days ago. Though still marred by the stumps of dead trees and amputated shrubs, it provides better access from the Cole Valley side of … Continue reading

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SF NAP on Twin Peaks: Rainy Days and Roundup…

Rainy days and Roundup always make me sigh… This report is brought to you from the drenched slopes of Twin Peaks. And here’s another one… They’re putting the pesticide notices high and visible now, which is an improvement. Also, they’re … 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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Twin Peaks and the Mission Blue Butterfly: Why it’s Still Uncertain

[THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN APRIL 2011 AND UPDATED Feb 2012] Last year, journalists were celebrating the return of the Mission Blue butterfly to Twin Peaks. From the SF Chronicle of 7 May 2010: “Everyone comes back to San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Garlon, Natural Areas, and the City

San Francisco’s Department of the Environment (SF DOE) is our second line of protection against chemicals after the EPA; it regulates the use of pesticides on all city properties. We attended their monthly meeting yesterday, mainly because Lisa Wayne, the … Continue reading

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More Garlon for Glen Canyon Park?

We’ve been observing the issue of pesticides at Glen Canyon Park at a remove; but here’s what we understand. The place falls under the Natural Areas Program (NAP), which plans to use Garlon, one of the most toxic herbicides San … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Park and Garlon: Answering Jake Sigg

Recently, several people drew our attention to Glen Canyon and the planned spraying of Garlon 4 Ultra to kill the yellow oxalis flowers there. And someone sent in the notice seen here. Apparently, residents of areas nearby have been understandably upset … Continue reading

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It’s Spring! It’s Twin Peaks! It’s toxic Garlon herbicide!

It’s spring again, it’s Garlon time! We recently published a picture taken near the reservoir. Now someone’s sent me these. This is a worker  spraying Garlon 4 Ultra on Twin Peaks… wearing a protective suit — but without the required … Continue reading

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Garlon in our Reservoir?

Someone sent us this picture, taken on 20th Jan 2011 at Twin Peaks. We were surprised, even though we’ve grown accustomed to seeing notices of toxic pesticides being used all over “Natural Areas.” WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? Garlon [ETA: … Continue reading

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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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Native Plants and Pesticides: Glyphosate at Lake Merced

It was inevitable: a walk into a Native Plant area (aka Natural Areas Program areas) yielded yet another new pesticide notice. Last time, Imazapyr at Stern Grove. This time, Aquamaster at Lake Merced, targeting ludwigia (water-primrose). Aquamaster is a pesticide … Continue reading

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SF Natural Areas Program, Roundup and Birth Defects

Someone sent us a paper published May 2010 in the journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology. It linked glyphosate to birth defects in vertebrates. We’d like people who have assumed that Roundup’s problems come mainly from its surfactant POEA to take … Continue reading

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Monsanto, Blackwater, Pesticides, and Spies

Someone sent me a link to an interesting article about Blackwater, the well-known defense contracting firm in the Iraq war (now called Xe Services LLC). They’ve diversified into corporate Intelligence. Said The Nation article by Jeremy Scahill: “Over the past … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Not to Use Roundup

Someone sent us a link to an article about Roundup by Caroline Cox, a scientist who leads the pesticide research at Center for Environmental Health. Titled “Why You Shouldn’t Use Roundup (Or Trust Its Labels),” it’s one of the most … Continue reading

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UCSF “Community Input”: The Opposites Game

We’ve been concerned that the only community input UCSF has been accepting is from the Mount Sutro Stewards and their supporters. Grade school kids sometimes play an infuriating game called Opposites: They do the opposite of what you ask. If … 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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Making Wildlife Into Vermin

Just like weeds are plants growing in the wrong place, vermin are animals in the wrong place. Most often, in the context of a  city like San Francisco, that would be in or near our homes, interfering in some way … Continue reading

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Report: Agenda Planning Meeting #3

This agenda planning meeting discussed the four demonstration sites, herbicide usage, and more fundamental issues of process and input. It clarifies what UCSF/ Sutro Stewards want:  to remove the forest, and convert the mountain to a park with broad trails, … 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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Our notes on UCSF’s Notes – May 25th Meeting

This is UCSF’s summary of the May 25th meeting, which we reported on here. We have edited it for clarity. “C” stands for comment; “Q” for question; “A” for an answer provided by UCSF or by its hired arborist, Ray … 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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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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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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Twin Peaks: Belligerent Butterflies and herbicides

Twin Peaks is still enrobed in spring. The brilliant oxalis now shares its glory with the golden glow of California poppy, the elegant blue spikes of lupin, spots of pink where the wild hollyhock blooms and the dusty purple of … Continue reading

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