Category Archives: “Natural” Areas Program

Toxic Roundup Herbicide, Fruiting Blackberry

The SFRPD’ Natural Resources Department (NRD) is spraying toxic herbicides on Golden Gate Heights park. The pesticides being used are Roundup (glyphosate) and Polaris (imazapyr). Someone recently saw this notice: On the next visit, the sign indicated that the spraying … Continue reading

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We Need to Reduce Toxic Herbicide Use in San Francisco

This note is from Anastasia Glikshtern, an officer of San Francisco Forest Alliance and a long-time San Franciscan. Why We Need the San Francisco Toxic Herbicides Reduction Act Most San Francisco residents do not know that the city routinely uses … Continue reading

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Why Large-Scale Native Plant “Restoration” Cannot Work

This article discusses two approaches to native plant restoration. One creates jobs and provides healthy outdoor opportunities. The other poisons plants with synthetic chemicals. Neither actually works to restore native plants. Reprinted from Conservation Sense and Nonsense with permission and … Continue reading

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The National Park Service has an Epiphany

  This article is reprinted with permission and minor edits from Conservation Sense and Nonsense. “We were probably always wrong to think about protected places as static.” – NPS Scientist During the Trump administration federal agencies were forced to be … Continue reading

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NRD Herbicide Use Shoots Up in 2020 in San Francisco

As we have been doing for many years now, we compiled the pesticide usage data  for San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for 2020.  It’s getting worse year by year. Toxic herbicide use (i.e. herbicides classified as “More Hazardous” or … Continue reading

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Toxic Herbicide on Mt Davidson – Triclopyr on Oxalis

In June 2020, we reported that SFRPD was using a new version of an old toxic pesticide: Vastlan, with the active ingredient Triclopyr. (The same as in Garlon, which was the single most toxic herbicide they used.) Neighbor and videographer … Continue reading

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More Destruction of Sutro Forest

We regret starting the year with sad news in this post from SutroForest.com. It is reprinted here with permission. With the new revised plan for UCSF’s Parnassus Campus having been approved by the UCSF Regents – despite San Francisco’s Board … Continue reading

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Greetings of the Season, Best Wishes for 2021

It’s been a difficult year in a number of ways. The pandemic still rages, and tree-cutting continues. Nonetheless, there have been signs of hope for all of us. So here’s a candle in the dark to represent hope. Greetings for … Continue reading

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Surprise Tree Removals for McLaren Park Native Plant Garden

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s Natural Resources Division (NRD), in conjunction with Fran Martin’s Visitacion Valley Greenway group, have been planning to construct a native plant garden just south of the McLaren Park community garden along Visitacion Avenue. This … Continue reading

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Trees Targeted for Destruction In Golden Gate Park

One would think that in these times of climate change and San Francisco’s small and shrinking tree canopy, every effort would be made to save the trees we already have. San Francisco  already has only a 13.7% tree canopy cover, … Continue reading

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We Still Need to Say, After All These Years: Black Lives Matter

In 2014, we first published our statement of support. It’s with something between sadness and horror that it’s essential we publish it again. In the intervening years, things have not improved for the African-American community. Because of the racism inherent … Continue reading

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Pesticide Use Up in San Francisco Parks, Natural Areas – 2019

In 2019, SFRPD applied herbicides 243 times, the most since 2013. Of these, 144 applications were in “Natural Areas” (this includes PUC areas managed in the same way – i.e. use of toxic herbicides against plants they dislike). Though the … Continue reading

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Answering the Smithsonian – The Flawed Logic of Native Plant Activism

In its April 2020 issue, the Smithsonian Magazine published an interview with Doug Tallamy, considered one of the fathers – or at least popularizers – of nativism. They asked Art Shapiro, who represents a broader view of the ecological role … Continue reading

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San Francisco Cutting Down its Ancient Trees – Sutro Forest/ Clarendon

This article is republished from SutroForest.com, with permission. Sutro Forest extended along Christopher to Clarendon Avenue. The section at Christopher and Clarendon was decimated for the rebuilding of the pump station in 2009, possibly poisoned in 2013… and in 2019, … Continue reading

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GREETINGS FOR 2020!

San Francisco Forest Alliance is a 501(c)4 organization with a message of inclusive environmentalism. From 2011, we have been fighting to Eliminate toxic herbicides (including Roundup/Glyphosate) in our parks and watersheds, Preserve trees from unnecessary destruction, Preserve public access to … Continue reading

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Refuting Jake Sigg: No, 90% of Insects Do Not Eat Only Native Plants

Jake Sigg, considered the doyen of San Francisco’s native plant activists, has an influential newsletter. Recently, it said: “Did you know that 90 percent of insects can only eat the native plant species with which they’ve co-evolved?” It included a … Continue reading

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Dead trees: the life of the forest

Throughout the city and the whole San Francisco Bay area, urban and suburban forests are being destroyed. The Natural Resource Area Management Plan targets 18,000 trees in San Francisco and Pacifica. In the East Bay, more than 50,000 trees may … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Tree Destruction Started

In 2017, UCSF introduced a Plan that reduces the UCSF forest area by one-third, removes around 6,000 trees (new estimate!) and all the understory/ midstory shrubs. This  has started. The article below is republished with permission and minor changes from SaveSutro.com, … Continue reading

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Native Plants are Flammable Too

Three of the most flammable plants in California landscapes are bay laurels, coyote brush, and chamise – all native. An evenhanded presentation of fire hazard ratings for all plants that does not downplay the danger of native plants or exaggerate … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings and a Hopeful New Year in 2019

We hope that the year ahead will bring a more positive attitude in the world to the environment, to preserving trees and growing more of them, and getting rid of toxic pesticides in our parks and watersheds. It’s a long … Continue reading

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