Signs of Annoyance – Natural Areas Program

Recently, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) spent an estimated half-million dollars on signage, most of which listed various Don’ts (though ironically, they start with “San Francisco Recreation & Parks Welcomes You”). All our parks and open spaces are peppered with them. Many park users, who earlier had no idea that the Natural Areas Program (NAP) was designed to restrict access and usage, are upset. They’ve started “fixing” the signs. Someone sent us these pictures:

Natural Areas Program fixed sign

The sign has been “edited” to warn people of toxic pesticide use and wryly note that most of the park is off-limits except to staff and supervised volunteers.

Of course, we have been talking about toxic pesticides, but here’s a recent picture. Roundup (glyphosate) has been identified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization.

Natural Areas Program pesticide notice

Here, it’s been used to destroy (non-native)  fennel, the pleasant-smelling feathery-leaved plant that is, incidentally, the host plant to the Anise Swallowtail, a beautiful butterfly that happens to be native.

Anise swallowtail butterfly breeds on fennel

In fact, as the altered sign below points out, nearly all the plants you see in San Francisco – including the grasslands NAP is ostensibly seeking to protect with its use of herbicides – are non-native. They still add to the beauty of the landscape, the greenery of our parks, and provide habitat for wildlife from insects to birds to mammals. The herbicides do nothing but poison these plants, leaving space for the next most aggressive plant to move in – most likely also non-native.

Fixed sign - whats wrong with Natural Areas Program

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5 Responses to Signs of Annoyance – Natural Areas Program

  1. Richard Crooks says:

    Why in hell do they have to poison our environment ???? Who is filling their pockets with money to continue this fight to destroy nature??????

    • milliontrees says:

      If you live in San Francisco, YOU are “filling their pockets with money to continue the fight to destroy nature.” Of course, you aren’t doing it willingly, so this observation isn’t intended as criticism. It is merely a reminder that YOUR TAX DOLLARS are paying for the so-called Natural Areas Program. And if you are a taxpayer and a voter in San Francisco, you are the only people who can stop it by making the noise necessary to inform your elected representatives that it is NOT what you want done with your money.

      • Richard Crooks says:

        I don’t live in San Francisco but it has always been my city, but it seems between money and government they are going to do their damnedest to destroy it.

  2. Richard Crooks says:

    Why in hell do posts as comments have to be moderated or is this a way to stop people from voicing their opinion.

    [Webmaster: Sorry about that, Richard. We do have to moderate posts because we get a lot of spam. We usually clear comments within 12-24 hours, but it’s sometimes up to 2 days. Usually not.]

  3. John says:

    Great update!

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