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Here it Comes: UCSF announces the Draft EIR for Sutro Forest

UCSF sent out a notification recently, saying that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the 2017 Plan for Sutro Forest will be released on July 24th, 2017. The public will have until September 8th, 2017 to make their comments. … Continue reading

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UCSF Restarts Sutro Forest Plans in 2016

At the meeting on January 14th, 2016, UCSF announced it was trying again to develop a plan for Sutro Forest. UCSF hope to have a draft Plan in May 2016. They think they may be able to “start work” in … Continue reading

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People Overwhelmingly Favor Preserving Mount Sutro Forest

In recent weeks, we’ve had several developments regarding Sutro Forest. COMMENTS OVERWHELMINGLY FAVOR PRESERVING THE FOREST UCSF has compiled and published the public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).  Though the comments are meant to address the DEIR, … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest “Management Plan” Timeline

The public comment period for the Mount Sutro Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) closed on March 19th. A lot of people are saying, Now What? The bottom line: Unless the project is delayed or cancelled, tree-felling could start in mid-August … Continue reading

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ABC7 Television, an Idyllic Forest, and Fear of Fire

ABC7 television had a 2-minute piece on Sutro Forest recently. We think it’s great coverage, and ABC7 is doing the community a service by getting this issue out there. But we’re concerned about how two interviewees focused on fire hazard,  … Continue reading

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UCSF’s Mt Sutro DEIR: How Many Felled Trees – 30,000 or 22,000 or zero?

As we’ve noted before, UCSF’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the Management Plan for Sutro Forest has been published, and public comments are due by March 19th, 2013. It covers what UCSF designates the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, … 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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Message to UCSF: Do the math!!

We are reprinting, with permission, the following article from the Million Trees blog. ************************************************************************************* UCSF has sent an email to its neighbors about its plans for the Sutro forest in which they say, “Contrary to rumors being circulated, there is … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest Hike in February

The day was perfect, the weather unusually nice. A long weekend, and perhaps the publicity surrounding UCSF’s plans to “thin” the forest, drew many more hikers than usual. We hiked up the steep trail from Christopher (scheduled to be closed … Continue reading

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report for Sutro Forest

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Sutro Forest is available for comment. It’s long, and we’re still going through it. (We find the report cover a little disturbing, though; the “forest” seems to consist of some trees growing in … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Draft Environmental Impact Report: Opening For Comments

Today we learned that the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Sutro Forest will open for comments on January 18th, 2013.  The public will have 45 days in which to comment on the DEIR, until March 4, 2013. There’s a meeting … Continue reading

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UCSF Postpones Tree-felling Another Year

At a public meeting of the Community Advisory Group on 4 June 2012,  UCSF’s Barbara Bagot-Lopez announced that the project to fell trees on four “demonstration”plots would be postponed, probably to the Fall of 2013. (Those are the yellow areas … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Forest: New Trail, No EIR

UCSF has a detailed plan for Mount Sutro’s forest. It involves  adding three new trails (shown in dark red on the map): The Christopher/ South Ridge Trail (parallel to Christopher on the map) ; The Clarendon/ South Ridge Trail (joining … 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”: 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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Report: UCSF’s EIR Scoping Meeting, Jan 2011

Last evening, UCSF held its scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). They plan to finish the Draft EIR in spring, in time to start felling trees on the South Ridge (above Forest Knolls neighborhood) by September 2011. This … Continue reading

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Report on the UCSF Parnassus Meeting (Nov 2010)

We were not aware of the existence of the “Parnassus CAG Action Team” – a sub-committee of the UCSF Community Advisory Group (CAG) – until now. This meeting was run by Craig Dawson (Mt Sutro Stewards) and Kevin Hart, a … 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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Six Reasons Not to Destroy Sutro Forest’s Understory

We have been talking about the destruction of the forest’s understory in several areas. This is not an innocuous activity.  Here are six reasons why: Creating a fire hazard. We have explained at length that the Cloud Forest, in its … 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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Report: UCSF’s Agenda-Planning Meeting

After withdrawing its FEMA proposal, UCSF decided to go ahead on its own. It convened a small group of supporters and opponents for an agenda planning meeting prior to its planned Community workshop. UCSF plans to hold three such meetings, … 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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UCSF Update and March 24 meeting

We attended a meeting at UCSF today, in which they addressed several planning items. On Mt Sutro, UCSF was seeking money from FEMA to gut a quarter of the forest in the name of fire hazard mitigation. What UCSF’s Lori … Continue reading

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FEMA, New York Times

The New York Times blog yesterday linked to this website, via an article about FEMA and the East Bay. We’re flattered, though the opening sentence of the article, about “non-native, frowzy eucalyptus” didn’t promise unbiased reporting. (To be fair, this … Continue reading

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