Action Alert: Destroying the Character from Glen Canyon Park
January 14, 2012 8 Comments
One of the things everyone loves the most about our Glen Canyon is that it’s a wilderness park with rough and tumble Huck Finn paths in the back area. It’s about to be ruined. We need your help to try to stop this. (Scroll down for what you can do.)
This is the wonderful path that is going to be changed into just another trail.
Here, you can return to a wildness for a while, escaping from all that is civilized, modern and managed. The path winds through dense growth and has lots of “down” trees that you need to step over, or tunnel under — these bent and twisted trees are particularly beloved by those of us who walk it daily.
There is a “log” over the creek, and there is a rope swing if you go back far enough. Hardly touched at all, this has been our haven for so long — it has been my haven for 35 years.
Recently NAP has been thinning the thickets, cutting into the willows, removing the the ground cover. And now, they want to raze the fabulous trees which give the park its character. Trees have been ribboned in pink — though walkers have pulled most of these off as a way to protest, but the trees still retain the condemning splash of green paint which marks them for removal.
We need to protest loudly, and to everyone who even might listen.
Appendix J of the NAP DEIR page 3 says, “The SFRPD’s Tree Removal Procedures require that all trees designated for removal be posted at 30 days before removal. The public is invited to comment about the proposed removal, and the SFRPD may or may not modify its plan based on public input.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
We should call/email:
- Ana Alvarez, the NAP Supervisor,
- Supervisor Scott Wiener (Glen Canyon is in District 8),
- Mayor Ed Lee.
These trees in Glen Canyon should reference this procedure, request a copy of it, and the name and address of who the public is invited to comment to about this tree removal. We expect they are not following their own procedure and we need to point that out. The designated trees don’t have any information on them about who to contact or no 30-day notices. And they probably will cut them down before 30 days are up.
Let your friends and neighbors know that they, too, can help by calling and writing letters — our power will come from the number of people who do something about this.
- Call Supervisor Scott Wiener and send him an email: 554-6968; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call Superintendent Ana Alvarez and send her an email: 831-6840; email@example.com
- Call Mayor Ed Lee and send him an email: 554-6141; firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to retain our park — the wilderness we cherish — as it is. Please do not cut down any trees, including those that are “down”, forming tunnels over the paths and little bridges to step over. The entire community is extremely upset at all the clearing that has gone on, and now at the prospect of losing our trees. The trees give this particular park it’s character — a wild feeling where one can truly feel and play Huck Finn.
We all stated during the community meetings last Spring that we wanted the park kept wild — we have not been listened to. We are also concerned that no 30-day notices have been posted on the trees, telling us where we may meet to comment — isn’t this required? Please do not cut our trees. Please tell us what we can do to stop this destruction.
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For those that haven’t seen it, here is the Draft Assessment of the Urban Forestry Operations that is pretty insightful: http://www.sfrecpark.org/documents/FileTree/PROSAC/Materials/2010%20Materials/070610/RPD%20tree%20operation%20assessment%20DRAFT%206.19.2010.pdf