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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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Sutro Forest in February 2012

We were up in Mt Sutro Forest a couple of days ago, the day after Valentine’s Day. The forest looked appropriately romantic. A number of cherry trees were in bloom with tiny white flowers,  like this one near the entry … 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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USCF, Sutro Stewards, and the fund-raising “Fire Hazard”

Here we go again. We’d thought, after FEMA’s  letter that suggested that UCSF’s application had exaggerated the fire hazard in Mount Sutro Forest, that UCSF would back off an assessment clearly based on misunderstood and misinterpreted information. After all, Cal … Continue reading

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Destroying the Soundscape of Mount Sutro Forest

People have mentioned the sounds of and in the forest before, but it was only when we joined a Soundwalk in the forest that we became so conscious of it. Recently, someone pointed us to an article about Soundscape Ecology, … 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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In Mount Sutro Forest, May 2011

Last Thursday evening, we wandered around the forest. We hadn’t headed that way, but it drew us in, as it often does. Despite the recent habitat destruction here and on the Kill-Trees Trail, it’s still a magical place. Here’s our report. THE GASH The Gash … Continue reading

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Habitat Destruction with Sutro Stewards

Around this time last year, Sutro Forest was alive with birdsong all day from dawn to late dusk. “We walked up into the Sutro Forest on a peaceful bird-filled evening,” we wrote  in late February 2010. “A few outside noises … 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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UCSF, Mt Sutro Stewards, and the Fate of Sutro Forest

In an article about East Africa, conservationists WA Rodgers and ND Burgess spell out some of the difficulties faced in preserving coastal forests: the attitudes of the people. “At best the local inhabitants see their forest as a resource to … Continue reading

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Stumbling in Sutro Forest

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Someone who’d been walking on the South Ridge Trail loop recently sent us these photographs of stumps in the middle of the pathway. “If UCSF and the Mt Sutro Stewards insist on cutting down trees, at least they could do … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Stewards and the Kill-Trees Trail

The Mount Sutro Stewards are building a trail from Stanyan into the Forest, in the city-owned Interior Green Belt. Work has started; in fact, they’d planned on getting volunteers in there earlier this month. We thought we’d take a look. … 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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Parnassus Meeting Nov 8th 2010

We received this message from one of the neighbor organizations under the heading: ————————————————————————————————————————– Announcing: mt. sutro stewards / UCSF update meeting MEETING: UCSF PCAT Meeting MONDAY, November 8, 7:00 pm UCSF Parnassus Library, 530 Parnassus Avenue Lange Room, 5th … 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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Excerpts from the Arborists’ Report

As we said in an earlier post, we asked two arborists to look at the Mount Sutro Forest and give us a report. Jocelyn Cohen, a Certified Arborist, holds a seat on the Urban Forest Council for the City of … 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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Tree Lovers vs Nativists: Matt Smith in the SF Weekly

Matt Smith’s new column in the SF Weekly clearly indicates the battle lines for Mount Sutro’s forest: The Nativists, who want to “thin” the eucalyptus to plant native plants instead; and Neighbors and friends of the forest, who want to … 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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Erroneous “Facts” from “Nature in the City”

A few days ago, under the auspices of Shaping San Francisco, ‘Nature in the City’ (NC) offered a public talk on the “urban forest” (their quote-marks, they don’t appear to believe in urban forests).  NC is the parent organization of … Continue reading

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