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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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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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Dusk in the forest (with owls)

We walked up into the Sutro Forest on a peaceful bird-filled evening. A few outside noises drifted in. The trees were full of the tweets and trills of bird-sounds,  but the creatures themselves, evidently looking to settle in for the … Continue reading

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Stewardship of a Forest

Two weeks ago, I visited the forest surrounding the Meiji shrine, in Tokyo, Japan. As with the Sutro Cloud Forest, I was struck by the wonderful old trees growing in the heart of a city, and wanted to find out … Continue reading

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Slate magazine on Invasives

Someone sent me a link to a thoughtful article in Slate magazine called “Don’t Sweat the Invasion” by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow. The author starts out with the example of tamarisk, also known as salt-cedar; it’s an “exotic invasive” that spreads along … Continue reading

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November Fog Log

As we said in the original Fog Log post, we’re keeping track of that crucial “September to November period when fire risk is greatest,” according to the UCSF letter. “Mount Sutro is squarely in the fog belt. The question is, … Continue reading

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Fire Hazard Map(s)?

Fire Hazard maps are critical to substantiating that there even is a hazard. The maps associated with this Plan don’t achieve that. TWO MAPS THAT DON’T MATCH UCSF’s 19 October presentation included a map called City-Wide Wildfire Hazards. (Page 18 … Continue reading

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Help Save Mount Sutro Trails

San Francisco Urban Riders, (SFUR) a group of bicycle riders, has a good post on saving Mount Sutro Trails. The article was intended to encourage cyclists to come to the meeting that UCSF held yesterday (and to the walk planned … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF Oct 19th Meeting

We report on the UCSF October 19th meeting seeking community input into the “Fire Mitigation” project. [Italics in brackets are our comments.] It was a well-run meeting, moderated by Daniel Iacafano of Moore Iacafano and Goltsman. Barbara French, UCSF’s Associate … Continue reading

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The Cloud Forest’s Driest Day

It’s raining now, the evening of Monday Oct 12th. This may herald the beginning of winter’s wet weather. In October we had the longest stretch of fogless rainless weather – seven days. In recent days, we’ve had high clouds, but … Continue reading

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October Fog Log

As we said in the original Fog Log post, we’re keeping track of that crucial “September to November period when fire risk is greatest,” according to the UCSF letter. “Mount Sutro is squarely in the fog belt. The question is, … Continue reading

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1 acre = 30 cars

I stole this graphic from the Nature Conservancy website (which I’ve linked here, so I hope they won’t mind). We’ve been hearing about the carbon impact of chopping down all those 120-year old trees. Until now, I didn’t have an … Continue reading

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California Eucalyptus: A Biological Treasure

Someone posted an intriguing note on the A Historic Forest page of this website. It suggested something we hadn’t thought of before: that the eucalyptus here may be a repository of genetic material not found even back in Australia. Here’s … Continue reading

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The 10-15% Mitigation

So with all the brouhaha about this project, and the cost — destroyed trees, the gutting of a historic forest, the time, the effort, the distraction from more pressing problems currently facing UC, and the taxpayer dollars (both through FEMA … Continue reading

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A Rebuttal to UCSF’s Response to FEMA

This is an edited version of the letter sent to FEMA regarding UCSF’s response to their questions. Emphasis has been added. ——————————– [We were] quite surprised to read the details of UCSF’s response August 16 response to FEMA’s questions of … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods With Barbara French

Dr Morley Singer arranged a walk in the forest with Barbara French, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Relations, to discuss the issue of the possible project to cut thousands of trees. We set out at 8.30 a.m., walking through the Interior … Continue reading

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Evidence: Opening The Forest Raises Fire-risk

Opening up the Mt Sutro Forest has had the effect of increasing fire-risk. This is the evidence from the trail-building in the forest over the last few years. So why is UCSF planning to open it up much more? We … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan Takes on Native Plant Ideology

Someone sent us a New York Times magazine article by author and UC Berkeley professor Michael Pollan, he of the locavore food fame. He describes the storm of letters he received when he published a story about his failed attempt … Continue reading

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Laurel Heights vs UCSF: Environmental Review Problems. Replay?

At the request of a neighbor who provided the relevant references, we researched the Laurel Heights Improvement Association v. Regents of the UC case. It is, he suggested, quite relevant to the current situation. In 1993, UCSF famously lost a … Continue reading

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Edgewood and Farnsworth

So far, we have concentrated mostly on the South Ridge, planned for the first tree-felling. But recently, we walked around to Edgewood and Farnsworth, the site of the second cut. That appears even more problematic than South Ridge, in some … Continue reading

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Article in the Examiner

The Examiner today carried an article saying we are fighting to retain the forest. They spoke to Dr Morley Singer; to someone at UCSF; and to Sean Elsbernd. They note Dr Singer’s point that this is a quarter of the … Continue reading

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Letter: Grass fires are worse…

We received this letter from “Bewildered in Berkeley” in response to David Maloney’s letter exonerating eucalyptus in the 1991 Oakland fire. ———— Thanks for telling us about the Oakland-Berkeley Mayors’ Firestorm Task Force analysis of the cause of the 1991 … Continue reading

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Old San Francisco: Sand, wind, and windblown sand

San Francisco, at the time when Sutro planted the historic forest, was a world of windblown sand that got into everything, including residents’ lungs. We received a letter from a San Franciscan who has “a small San Francisco library and … Continue reading

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Puzzled #6 – UCSF: Landslides

The sixth in our series of responses to UCSF’s July 9th letter. This is about potential landslides. We’ve included two maps from the FEMA application which clearly indicate this needs discussion. The letter asks, “Will the projects cause landslides that … Continue reading

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Puzzled #5 – UCSF: Strange Objectives

Today’s discussion is about Objectives. “ What are the objectives of the projects?” the Q&A asks, and proceeds to list the following: “• To substantially reduce the amount of highly combustible fuels to prevent a fast-moving, high-intensity fire that could … Continue reading

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Puzzled #4 – UCSF: Cloud Forest ?

The fourth in our series of responses to UCSF’s July 9th letter. According to the letter, “The forest is not a “Cloud Forest” (these are native forests found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world), but Mount Sutro does … Continue reading

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The Northern Flicker (woodpecker)

I was browsing the net today and came upon evidence of another species of woodpecker that uses the forest – an excellent photograph of a Northern Flicker on the SFCitizen blog. It was taken in the Sutro Forest.

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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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