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Reminder: Come to UCSF’s Mt Sutro Meeting on Nov. 21 2013

We’re re-posting this as a reminder – please come to the UCSF Sutro Forest community meeting on Thursday Nov 21st, 2013 evening! ————————————- UCSF has called a meeting to talk about its plans for Mount Sutro Forest. It’s scheduled for … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Report: What’s Been Done?

On Sept 11th, UCSF emailed its list that it had “completed urgent fire-safety measures on approximately 12 acres on Mount Sutro.”  In the same email, UCSF said that the measures were “in response to an assessment this summer by the … Continue reading

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UCSF, Sutro Forest, and – “Emergency”?

We’ve had questions ever since UCSF sent out statements that it was initiating “urgent fire safety” work in response to an “independent assessment” of “extra-hazardous fire conditions” by San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) – and that the California Environmental Quality … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest – Protesting the Tree-cutting

The peaceful demonstration last Thursday drew a number of supporters, both those who have already been active and newcomers. A few people approached us to find out what was happening, then offered to carry signs or distribute materials themselves. We … Continue reading

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Peaceful Protest for Sutro Forest: Aug 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m

A peaceful protest is planned for August 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Parnassus, outside UCSF’s Millberry Union building. Please come, bring as many people as you can, try to bring a sign to carry.  Bright colors are … Continue reading

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UCSF Surprise: Felling >1000 Trees On Mt Sutro in Aug 2013

We had thought that UCSF was not going to cut down trees this fall when we wrote One More Year for Sutro Forest.  We were wrong. Yesterday, we received a surprise notification from UCSF. It plans to start felling trees … Continue reading

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Westside Observer “Cannot Comprehend the Logic” of UCSF’s Sutro Plan

The West of Twin Peaks Central Council is one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood organizations. It’s actually a “club of clubs” – an umbrella organization comprising twenty west-side neighborhood groups. It meets every month to consider issues that concern its … Continue reading

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One More Year for Sutro Forest

We recently learned that UCSF will delay project implementation, which was otherwise likely to start in August 2013. With the unprecedented number of written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and the spoken comments at the February 2013 … 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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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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May 2013: Mount Sutro Forest Hike in a Dry Spell

We’ve had an unusually dry winter here in California, and even San Francisco’s had a hot spell recently. So what’s happening in Mount Sutro Forest, usually so damp and green? In brief: It’s not damp, but it is green. The … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Guardian: SH!T H@#PENED – The Battle of Mt Sutro

Who can resist a title like that?  “SH!T H@#PENED – The Battle of Mt Sutro” So when one of our readers told us about this SF Bay Guardian article, we went looking online. No luck. We went right out for … 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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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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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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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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Mount Sutro Forest: Why UCSF’s Protests Aren’t Convincing

UCSF has been messaging their mailing list, claiming they have no plans to fell 30,000 trees. They only intend to fell trees on 7.5 acres, the four “Demonstration Projects.” After that, they’ll get community input to figure out how many … 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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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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