One of our readers has this news about trees being cut down in McLaren Park. The destruction has just begun. We’ve published letters in defense of McLaren’s trees before. See Trees Matter: McLaren Park and Environmental Justice.
Sept 14, 2017
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD’s Natural Areas Program has started cutting trees in support of their trail plan for McLaren Park. So far 15 Monterey cypress and eucalyptus trees have been chain sawed around Brendt’s Knoll (a.k.a. Philosopher’s Hill, a.k.a. Labyrinth Hill) to make way for their new trail. This is despite the fact SFRPD has not even presented their final trail plan to the public.
Further, the Natural Areas Management Plan states that, “any removal of trees over 6 inches in diameter at breast height (dbh) requires coordination with, and evaluation by SFRPD’s Arborist. In addition, prior to any tree removal, individual trees measuring 6 inches dbh or greater must be posted for 30 days (Section 1).” Most of the trees cut down were larger than this and none of them were posted.
This just demonstrates, once more, SFRPD’s disdain for the public and disregard for the law.
The fact they cut down so many trees for just a short stretch of trail confirms our worst suspicions. Their broad straight trails will not wind through the trees as today’s trails do, instead they will blaze a path of destruction through our forests.
Contact your supervisor and the Park Commission and let them know this is unacceptable.
Here’s the email of the Parks Commission: email@example.com and Telephone: 415-831-2750
Here’s a current list of the emails of the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors.