The Natural Areas program (now called the Natural Resources Department) regularly uses herbicides in many of our parks. We’ve published pictures before of Glen Canyon and Mt Davidson.
This time, it’s Bernal Hill.
This hill apparently needs herbicides.
So they’re putting Polaris – that’s imazapyr – on the blackberry and cotoneaster.
It takes a five-person team.
[Edited to Add this section about the famous Bernal Hill Blackberry Patch.]
THE FAMOUS BERNAL HILL BLACKBERRY PATCH
Hope they don’t take out the famous Bernal blackberry patch that’s brought so much joy to families.
It’s a thing, and has been for years. Here’s a 2008 article called Bernal Hill Blackberry Bonanza. And here’s a quote from a 2009 article in the SF Chronicle, indentifying hidden treasures in San Francisco: ‘Bernal Hill Blackberry Patch. “The locals might hate us for sharing this, but there is a huge wild blackberry patch on the north side of Bernal Hill where we forage pounds and pounds of berries every summer for jam-making. So delicious.”‘ And the Bernalwood blog hailed the start of the blackberry season in 2012 in It’s Official: Blackberry Season Under Way in Bernal Heights
SFRPD – people love blackberries, and Bernal has the best crop in the city!
San Francisco Forest Alliance stands for no pesticides in our parks. We also hope that SFRPD will respect public resources that people love.