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Puzzled #2 – UCSF: Roundup Herbicide

So, still considering the puzzling letter dated July 9, 2009. Today’s topic: Roundup Herbicide According to the letter, “UCSF is proposing to limit the use of herbicides to spot treatment of eucalyptus stumps, cut vines and blackberry roots only where … Continue reading

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Dr Singer’s letter to the Chancellor UCSF

This letter was received from Dr Morley Singer. ————— Chancellor Michael Bishop, UCSF, July, 2009 Dear Chancellor Bishop, I am writing you at the suggestion of your associates, Barbara French and Deborah Brennan, following phone conversations with them expressing the … Continue reading

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Friendly Invasive Species

Someone forwarded me a thoughtful article from the Science section of the New York Times, entitled “Friendly Invaders.” Drawing on the work of Dr. Dov Sax (Brown University) and Dr Steven Gaines (UCSB), and also Dr James Brown of the … Continue reading

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Herbicides (Roundup) and the Forest

This letter is from Alicia Snow, a frequent visitor to the forest. It has been minimally edited to provide direct links and redact one name. —————————————– Roundup – the herbicide of choice used by UCSF all over our forest, is … Continue reading

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Disability Access?

Unsigned letter from e449081@bsnow.net ———— Now that Sutro Stewards has opened up Mt Sutro to public access, UCSF must make it accessible to people with disability. A paved road already reaches the mountain top. Pave over the native garden, which … Continue reading

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Caring for a Temperate Cloud Forest

Managing a temperate cloud forest is quite different from managing a regular dry forest. The most important thing is: Don’t open it up to dry out. When the forest is opened up, the area immediately becomes dryer. Today, on a … Continue reading

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Letter from a Cole Valley Neighbor

SaveSutro received this letter today, with a request to publish. —————– Dear Friends of the Mt. Sutro Forest, “The cover-up is worse than the crime.” — Watergate aphorism For several months people had been asking UCSF’s public-relations spokesperson Orlando Elizondo … Continue reading

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FEMA Fire danger? Where?

The UCSF application to FEMA, besides a great deal of peripheral information relating to the management of other forests like the Presidio, said that the California Dept of Fire and Forestry identified areas of high fire risk. A map was … Continue reading

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The Letter Objecting to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” plan

Objections to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” Plan (published with permission) UCSF has circulated a plan to fell thousands of trees in two separate areas – South Ridge and Edgewood – as part of an ostensible “Fire Mitigation” project. FEMA funding … Continue reading

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Report on Urban Forestry Council Meeting

Summary: The Urban Forestry Council was unaware of the UCSF plan until it received a letter from concerned neighbors. This meeting was to find out more. Five members of the public spoke: Three residents of the Forest Knolls neighborhood; one … Continue reading

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Letter from the SF Tree Council

Letter in support, to the SF Urban Forestry Council from San Francisco Tree Council, (published with permission): Re: Support for Letter “Objections to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” Plan Dear Urban Forest Council Members, I assume item #7 refers to the … Continue reading

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Blog & Discussion

The website has been reorganized a bit to allow for easier posting of articles and updates. They’ll be on this page. All the comments that were formerly on the front page have moved to this page as well (side-effect, sorry).

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