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Sutro Stewards: The Good, The Bad, and the… ???

In recent months, many people have asked us about the Sutro Stewards, and we’d like to explain our position. We’re not affiliated with them. The Sutro Stewards are a volunteer group that works primarily on Mount Sutro. Craig Dawson is … Continue reading

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A Tree Story in Mount Sutro Forest

There’d been a couple of really windy days in San Francisco recently, and trees went down all across the city. In Sutro Forest, too, one fell across a trail. We received notice of it from UCSF’s Damon Lew: “Due to … Continue reading

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Save the Forests! Meeting – 21 April 2013

Jointly with San Francisco Forest Alliance, we’re holding a meeting about the planned tree-cutting – not just on Mount Sutro, but also on Mount Davidson and elsewhere in San Francisco.  It’s on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 4.30 p.m. to … Continue reading

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“Don’t Cut Me Down”: Found in Sutro Forest

A few weeks ago, we’d mentioned seeing lots of trees along the Sutro Forest trails marked with orange blobs of paint. They were mostly trees in apparently poor condition, though they didn’t look especially hazardous. We assumed they had been … Continue reading

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Flaws in UCSF’s Sutro DEIR: Public Comments Due 19th March 2013

This post is about flaws in UCSF’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. It isn’t comprehensive, but hits some of the high points. Here is the PDF of the DEIR: Mount_Sutro_EIR_1-16-13_with_Appendices MISLEADING PICTURES The DEIR … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Statement by Dr Joseph Mascaro

This is the statement of Dr Joseph Mascaro at the February 25th 2013 hearing UCSF held about the Draft Environmental Impact Report regarding Sutro Forest. It is published here with permission and added emphasis. ——————————- My name is Dr. Joseph … Continue reading

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Tree Wars by Joel Engardio

Joel P. Engardio lives West of Twin Peaks and serves on the Board of Directors of Plan C and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. You can follow his blog at http://www.engardio.com or find him on Facebook. The article … Continue reading

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Fimrite’s Forest: The Evil Twin of Sutro Forest

Fimrite’s Forest is the evil twin of Mount Sutro Cloud Forest. It occupies the same space, but it’s quite different from the forest we know and love. It’s described in Peter Fimrite’s recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, and … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest’s on Channel 2 News

Channel 2 (KTVU) has coverage of the proposed tree-felling in Sutro Forest. Click on the picture below to go to their video. They were also present for part of  UCSF’s public hearing this evening.

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Report: UCSF’s Public Hearing Strongly Favors Preserving Sutro Forest

This is a quick post reporting on UCSF’s Feb 25th hearing. We’ll update it as necessary from the transcript and notes. [Edited to Add: Post updated to put in actual numbers of speakers and add two themes.] —————————- Around 250 … 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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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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A Hiker’s Letter: Sutro Forest A Midcity Treasure

We received this letter recently, and publish it here with permission. I’m a solitary hiker who loves San Francisco’s beautiful parks and am concerned about all the overdone enthusiasm lately for baring our forests so that there will be mostly … Continue reading

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Nearly 800 Signatures on the Mount Sutro Forest Petition

At midnight of Feb 7, the petition already had 789 signatures,  and of course, many more comments. If you’re interested,  please go to the petition by clicking on the button below. And if you haven’t signed it but would like … Continue reading

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“Enough with this Tree Genocide”: Comments from The Petition to Save Mount Sutro Forest

In two days, 540 people have signed the petition to save the trees on Mt Sutro. To recap, the UCSF plan for Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve – of which it owns 61 acres – proposes to fell over 90% … Continue reading

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Save Mount Sutro Forest – How You Can Help

If you would like to help save this forest, there are a number of ways to help. 1)   Write to Governor Jerry Brown. He is ex-officio a Regent of the UC Board of Regents. Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, … Continue reading

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UCSF Plans to Fell More Than 30 Thousand Trees on Mount Sutro

Mount Sutro Forest has approximately 45,000 trees in the 61 acres belonging to UCSF, and designated as an open space reserve. This dense forest, with an estimated  740 trees per acre, a sub-canopy of acacia, an understory of blackberry and … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest is Visible From Space

The Bernalwood blog alerted us to this interesting photograph, sent out by Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station over his Twitter feed. (Twitter is a social medium that allows people to share their pictures and their thoughts in … Continue reading

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“Functional, Beautiful Ecosystems Should Be Left Alone”

We received this letter from one of our readers, “R.R.”. It’s republished here with permission. ——————————— To Whom it May Concern: I am appalled at the planned destruction of thousands of trees by UCSF and the SFNAP [San Francisco Natural … Continue reading

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Rat Poison Killed Glen Canyon’s Owl

This article has been republished from ForestKnolls.info as a caution to everyone interested in protecting our owls. They live in Sutro Forest, too. We hope and believe that UCSF does not use rodenticides in the Aldea Student Housing, but we … Continue reading

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Sunset and Mushrooms: Mount Sutro Forest Hike, December 2012

Winter weather seems to have set in, with some major storms coming through. Last night, we had a major rain-storm. This evening, we grabbed the chance to go up into the forest. The setting sun gilded the trees. From the … Continue reading

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UCSF Long Range Development Plan Meeting and Sutro Forest

We attended UCSF’s Long Range Development Plan meeting this evening. It’s due 2014, and gives UCSF a road-map through 2035. Most of the discussion focused on how UCSF should get back under their space ceiling, a limit they had decided … Continue reading

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Ostriches below Mt Sutro Forest

If we were thinking of non-native species of birds, we probably couldn’t get much further than ostriches. So it seemed particularly appropriate to post this picture. The graceful non-native trees of Mt Sutro Forest fill the background, and in the … Continue reading

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Fact Check: Nothing Grows UnderEucalyptus? (Allelopathy)

Like most people in the US, we’ve been listening to some of the political speeches and the discussion around them recently. And we’re rather heartened by a newly emerging trend: fact-checking. In the last few months, one “fact” we’ve heard … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Cloud Forest: An August 2012 Hike

The summer fog’s been hanging around the Cloud Forest, and when we went up there late last weekend, it had lightened but not lifted. We climbed up by the Christopher entrance to the South Ridge trail. It was cool and … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest: A Landmark

We were sent this great picture by Dr Morley Singer and it’s published here with permission. It was taken from the top of Golden Gate Bridge. Look over Dr Singer’s left shoulder, and you can see Mount Sutro Forest,  next … 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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Trees and Income Inequality

Many of us intuitively associate trees and “nice” areas. Realtors know this; if a house for sale is on a tree-lined street, the ad always says so. In 2008,  researchers looking into the question found that the demand for trees … Continue reading

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A Bobcat in Sutro Forest?

“We saw a bobcat today in Mt. Sutro by the Aldea Center,” commented reader RM on  MntSutro.com on 10 May 2012. We were fascinated. [Edited to replace the public domain picture with one the reader sent us – taken in … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Forest – Beautiful Evocation of a Lost Tree

We were sent this clip by videographer and artist Lori Ambrosio, who visited the “Kill-trees Trail” (connecting Stanyan x 17th to Medical Center Way). We thought it was a lovely bitter-sweet evocation of the trees that were there – only … Continue reading

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