Natural Area Program’s Pretty Propaganda – and Some Truth-Telling

The Natural Areas Program’s response to its critics is a very pretty piece of propaganda: This Youtube Video. Please do watch it, it’s under five minutes of lovely images and soothing voice-over.

Only… it’s remarkably misleading.

The “biodiversity hotspot”? That applies to all of California, not just San Francisco.  The pretty yellow flowers in the meadow? Those are non-native plants that NAP hunts down with pesticides like Garlon and Roundup. (The poppy shown close-up in the next frame is not from the same meadow.)  The happy dogs on Mount Davidson? They’re off-leash, something the Native Areas program has been fighting tooth and nail.

(Don’t try to comment on the NAP’s Youtube video, they’ve blocked comments.)

Watch the real story here, there’s lots more. How much misdirection in 5 minutes? See our 2-minute rebuttal video for yourself.

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5 Responses to Natural Area Program’s Pretty Propaganda – and Some Truth-Telling

  1. Tony Holiday says:

    Thanks for this. Made several attempts to repost on my main FB page but it only showed up on my personal page… Anyway, excellent rebuttal. Keep up the good work. Besides the destruction of healthy trees, I especially also hate all those pesticides in our parks. What – one can’t nibble on a wild radish flower anymore without fear of getting poisoned?

  2. Dee Seligman says:

    The rebuttal video effectively provides the major arguments, but I wish it were longer in order to have time to digest its points. In particular, point 8 is muddled because I didn’t see a girdled tree and the use of herbicides is suddenly brought up without any background. Despite all this,let’s post it virally on social websites.

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  4. Aaron Proctor says:

    Not sure I agree with the introduction of the NAP video as “very pretty piece of propaganda” with “lovely images and soothing voice-over.” Quite the opposite, in fact.

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