Category Archives: Natural areas Program

The $3.4 mn “Park” at Sutro Dunes

We’ve driven by there a hundred times, and never noticed it… but it’s a Natural Area and a park, opposite Ocean Beach. It’s just below the bluff topped by Sutro Park, across the road from some neat condos.  It’s been … Continue reading

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Pine Lake with Pollution and Pesticides

Someone sent us a note, recently. “There was a sign up at Pine Lake today warning people that the water was polluted!” it said. And here is the picture attached: “All around the lake, walkers were talking about the NAP … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest at Sunrise

Lori D’Ambrosio sent us this lovely picture of Mount Sutro at sunrise. It’s taken from Mt Davidson, another eucalyptus forest under threat – from the Natural Areas Program. This is what we’re fighting to save. Beauty. Habitat. Not to mention … Continue reading

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San Francisco Natural Areas and Escalating Pesticide Use

We spent a couple of hours, the other day, in the beautiful McLaren Lodge, leafing through a thick binder of pesticide reports for the San Francisco Rec and Park Department. It was so thick in part because it contained a … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, with Pyrotechnics and Pesticides

Last night, we went to watch the fireworks from Twin Peaks as the year turned over. It was a clear night, despite a little fog earlier on. The hill was crowded with cars and buzzing with anticipation. People jogged or … 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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‘Tis the Season… for Poisons on Twin Peaks

And when is it not, actually? Maybe this could be called the Santa Claus mix? The old formula – Glyphosate and Imazapyr, being used against “Road brush” whatever that is, and erhata grass. It’s scheduled for Dec 19-23, 2011. Pesticides … 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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Bees, Weeds, and Nativism

Nativists who favor “native pollinators” often believe that these insects – bees, butterflies, moths and similar insects – rely on native plants. The plants and insects co-evolved, goes the argument; and so to protect one, you must plant the other. … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Park: Pesticides and Habitat Removal

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… … and bright-berried bushes, … Continue reading

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SNRAMP, Pesticides, and Mt Davidson

It’s not just Twin Peaks and Glen Canyon and McLaren Park and Stern Grove. Here are some recent pictures we received of pesticide use on Mt Davidson. It’s the old favorites, Aquamaster (glyphosate) and Polaris (Imazapyr). Coming soon to one … 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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Glen Canyon Park: Birds, Habitat, and the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Program (SNRAMP)

Recently, we attended a meeting where we were given a beautiful pamphlet regarding the Feathered Friends of Glen Canyon Park. It pictured 45 species of birds that have been sighted in the park (including flyovers). And it said: “Willows that … Continue reading

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SF Natural Areas Program: Imazapyr, Glyphosate Pesticides at McLaren Park

It looks like the SF NAP is using a lot of Imazapyr since San Francisco’s Department of the Environment approved it earlier this year. We’ve seen signs on Twin Peaks, in Glen Canyon, at Stern Grove. Now someone has sent … Continue reading

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The Bees of Glen Canyon Park

This was going to be a post about the San Francisco Natural Areas Program (SF NAP) destroying a hive of feral honeybees in Glen Canyon Park. It still is, but with less anger. In a tree behind the rec center, … Continue reading

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Native Restorations Don’t “Restore” Anything – Professor Arthur Shapiro

We are reprinting, with permission, Professor Shapiro’s comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Significant Natural Areas Program. It was first published on Death of a Million Trees. ————————————————————————- With permission and in its entirety we are publishing … 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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San Francisco Natural Area’s Pesticide Violations

As we noted in our previous post, the San Francisco Natural Areas Program seems to be using increasing amounts of toxic pesticides. From time to time, we’ve posted information here about pesticide use in the Natural Areas Program (NAP) lands.  … Continue reading

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Natural Areas Program’s Pesticides: Toxic and Toxic-er

It’s no surprise that people are beginning to associate San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program with pesticides. It’s been using them (if the city’s records are accurate) at an increasing rate. In 2009, it applied Garlon 16 times; in 2010, it … 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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Why San Francisco’s Natural Areas Are — Unnatural

WHEN I first heard about San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program (SF NAP) some years ago, I was charmed. Over 1000 acres of city-owned land would be left to Nature, more wild and free than the orderly, gardened lawns and playgrounds … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program…Where’s It Going?

This article has been reprinted with permission from Death of a Million Trees, a blog dedicated to preventing unnecessary tree-felling.  (The emphasis is ours, as are minor edits.) [Edited to Add: MillionTrees updated this post. We have copied over the … 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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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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