Category Archives: OTHER

Sutro Forest DEIR Announced

UCSF has released a humongous 1087-page Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Plan to cut down thousands of trees in Sutro Forest. The deadline for public comment has been extended in response to our request, to Sept 22, 2017. This … Continue reading

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Killing Our Street Trees in San Francisco

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.” – William Blake, The Letters, 1799 San Francisco has a lot of projects going on. SFMTA … Continue reading

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Memorial for Peter Ehrlich, 1948-2017

The Presidio had a community work day and memorial for Peter Ehrlich today. Here’s a report from a friend who attended. Peter Ehrlich’s memorial at the Presidio was very well done. There were at least 150 people there and they did … Continue reading

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Peter Ehrlich, 1948 – 2017

This tribute to Peter Ehrlich was written by Dee Seligman, formerly Interim President of San Francisco Forest Alliance. IMPORTANT UPDATE: if you plan to join the Presidio community work day on May 21, 2017 in Peter Ehrlich’s honor, please register … Continue reading

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Ecological “Restoration”: “Someone Pays and Someone Profits”

The article below was first published on April 1st on MillionTrees.me – a site fighting unnecessary tree destruction in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though it references mainly the widespread tree destruction planned for the East Bay, the same principles apply … Continue reading

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Van Ness Trees on Death Row – Chris Parkes

Not all the threatened trees in San Francisco are in our parks. San Franciscans have been dismayed to find that many of the SFMTA road improvements seem to have been designed with no thought for the mature trees that are … Continue reading

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California’s Urban Greening Grant Program: An opportunity to speak for the trees

This article is republished with permission from “Death of a Million Trees“, a website dedicated to fighting unnecessary tree destruction in the San Francisco Bay Area. SFFA Supporters: We need our urban forests- especially those with non-native trees.  The attached … Continue reading

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Better Parks for People Who Need Them: The Proposed “Anti-Equity” Metrics

Proposition B provides San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) with set-aside funds for the next 30 years. It also requires them to ensure equity for the parks, by spending more on parks in under-served areas. Let’s call those the … Continue reading

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Another Attack on Trees in The East Bay

This article is republished with permission from “Death of a Million Trees“, a website dedicated to fighting unnecessary tree destruction in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you want to help save these trees, please sign the petition. Also, if … Continue reading

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Barn Owls in Glen Canyon

Did you know that Glen Canyon has Barn Owls (Tyto Alba) as well as our famous Great Horned Owls?!  Barn owls are much smaller than the cat-sized Great Horned Owls, weighing just over a pound and reaching about a foot … Continue reading

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Who is Funding the Campaign for Prop B? (And, Ooops!)

You’re probably going to see lots of material in support of Proposition B (the 30-year, $4.65 billion set-aside for park funding with very little oversight on how it’s spent). They have a war-chest of nearly $400 thousand to promote this … Continue reading

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My Hummingbird Adventure, by Laurel Rose

This article is reposted with permission from CoyoteYipps, a blog about San Francisco’s urban coyotes. We republish it here as an interesting story – and a lesson in how difficult it is to see a bird’s nest even if you … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Proposition B? (San Francisco Rec & Parks Slush Fund)

[Edited to Add on 26th April 2016: The website of opponents to Prop B keeps a running tally of groups opposing the Proposition. HERE is the link:  http://www.sfvotenopropositionb.info/  ] The San Francisco Forest Alliance opposes Proposition B.  Initially, Proposition B, Supervisor … Continue reading

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If You’re a Sierra Club Member…Important 2016 Election

If you’re a Sierra Club member, you’ve probably received a message asking you to vote for the Board of the Sierra Club in the 2016 elections before April 27th 2016.  There are 8 candidates for 5 positions: see them HERE. … Continue reading

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Three Myths About the Monarch Butterfly

The beautiful Monarch butterfly – possibly America’s best-known butterfly – is being considered for “endangered”status under the Endangered Species Act. Meanwhile, we’re cutting down the trees these creatures depend on. Nativist myths are partly responsible. There are two migrations of … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings with Monarch Butterflies

It’s a lovely coincidence that here in California, the holiday season is Monarch butterfly season. We bring you this post (partially based on a post from SutroForest.com, used with permission) to celebrate the season with butterflies. We wish all our … Continue reading

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Expert Panel on East Bay Hills Deforestation – Nov 19, 2015

There’s an interesting panel discussion on the East Bay Hills project on Thursday, November 19th, 2015. We are providing the details (with permission) from the website of the Tree Spirit Project. Its founder, Jack Gescheidt, is the moderator for the … Continue reading

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Sierra Club Denies the Facts

Environmentalists are battling a horrible project that will destroy hundreds of thousands of trees in the East Bay Hills. Most people would expect the Sierra Club to fight this project as well. Instead, it has a law-suit to force FEMA … Continue reading

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SF Fire Department Busts Some Myths

Recently, Supervisor Norman Yee called a hearing of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee to find out how prepared San Francisco was to deal with fires in brush and forest. The San Francisco Fire Department busted some myths we’ve heard … Continue reading

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Mt Davidson’s Moist Green Forest in September 2015

Moisture content of vegetation is one of the key determinants of fire hazard. In Mount Davidson, the drier side is clearly the native plant area, not the forest. This visitor went up to the forest to see – and document … Continue reading

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