Our supporters will recall that last year, we ran an online signature campaign specifically addressed to Mayor Lee, asking him to:
Stop NAP from destroying trees and thickets, spraying dangerous herbicides, disrupting healthy ecosystems that support hundreds of species, and restricting access to our city parks.
NAP is the Natural Areas Program under San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. It is essentially a “native plant program.” It prioritizes native plant introduction (using the dog-whistle term “biodiversity”) over other values, whether environmental, ecosystem services, or recreational.
We had learned the Mayor’s office would respond to petitions directed to him via Change.org. That petition got over 1700 signatures, and is now closed.
However, our ongoing petition continues, and if you have not signed it, please do? (It currently has 1500 signatures as people shifted their focus to the newer petition.)
We need to keep sending the message that people want public parks preserved for the public, with trees, trails and no toxins.
You guys have your hear in the right place but your minds are to be accounted for. Please PLEASE research a bit more on how ecosystems work especially here in California which has an incredible array of biodiversity (which is absolutely no a fucking dog-whistle term it’s a real scientific term that can’t be dismissed). To put it simply San Francisco which maintains a mediterranean climate it contains a rare assortment of unique plants that have acclimated to various environmental factors such as serpentine soils and drought resistance, etc, these plants that are native to San Francisco come under threat from invasive species, pests, etc. Dying trees like the ones they intend on removing are not some enormous loss, their not deforesting fucking golden gate park you fools they’re just trying to maintain these fragile ecosystems come into jeopardy and in order to maintain native species there needs to be human intervention to combat the often human introduction of invasive species. Trees are not immortal and this notion of preservation being the end all goal of ecosystem development is implanting people with the idea that trees don’t have adaptations to fire resistance and seed dispersal based on goddamn forest fires hence why redwoods are heading towards extinction (a fire dependent species) A bit of a tirade but to sum it up the parks service doesn’t have some sort of evil agenda to poison our parks and deforest/remove them altogether their just trying to maintenance them to better protect native species. And yes pesticides (which seems to be the real dog-whistle of this scenario) are being used to achieve this end amongst other things. To sign this is counter intuitive to anyone who considers themselves an environmentalist. Yes you guys if you want to preserve nature you often have to not trample it, hence the off limits seeding areas etc.