Category Archives: OTHER

Damp Forest on Mt Davidson – Tony Holiday

This is another of our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco parks. This photo-essay is by Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger.  It’s adapted from his blog, Stairways are Heaven and published with … Continue reading

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Natives and Newcomers Can Get Along – Dr. Scott Carroll

Dr. Scott Carroll of UC Davis, and the founder of the Institute for Contemporary Evolution in Davis, spoke at the Commonwealth Club as part of the series “The Science of Conservation and Biodiversity in the 21st Century.” His main message: … Continue reading

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McLaren Park: Stairways, Wildflowers, and Great Blue Heron

This is another of our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco parks. This is by Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger. It’s adapted from his blog, Stairways are Heaven and published with permission. … Continue reading

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The Logic of Ecological Change – Prof Art Shapiro

Recently, UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro gave a talk at the Commonwealth Club.  It was a tour-de-force. He described it as a very quick resume of a course he’s been teaching for 40 years at UC Davis. The takeaway: The … Continue reading

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Good News on Rat Poison in California

As our readers will know, we’ve been concerned about the use of second-generation rat poisons that cause death by slow internal bleeding. The poisoned mice and rats are likely to be captured and eaten by other animals – owls, coyotes, … Continue reading

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Ecological Communities and Time – Dr Arthur Shapiro, March 24 noon, Commonwealth Club

Earlier, we alerted you to a series of lectures that may provide thought leadership  important thought leadership that could shift the way San Francisco manages its wild spaces. It’s the Science of Conservation and Biodiversity in the 21st Century series, from … Continue reading

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Poisonous Meatballs in Twin Peaks – reposting recent article

Editor Note: This is a re-posting of  a recent article in sfist about poisoned meatballs being discovered in the Twin Peaks neighborhood of San Francisco. At least 3 dogs have been injured as a result.  We want to ensure that … Continue reading

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Rat Poison Killed the Glen Canyon Owl

We’ve just heard back about the results of the necropsy on the barn owl found dead in near Glen Canyon. As suspected, it died of consuming rodents poisoned with rat poison.  This is the letter we received. Edited to Add: … Continue reading

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Rehabilitated Owl Returned to Glen Canyon

It’s so wonderful to be able to post good news about Glen Canyon and its fauna. Wildlife photographer Janet Kessler recently sent around this item about a one-eyed owl that has been released in the Canyon after rehabilitation. This post … Continue reading

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Share your Photos on our Flickr Page

We now have a photo sharing site (Flickr) and encourage you to submit your photos of San Francisco city parks! Have your photo(s) ready and then follow these steps: Step 1:   Click this  http://www.flickr.com/groups/sanfranciscoforestalliance/ (Tip: bookmark in your browser favorites … Continue reading

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Long Lost Manzanita Brings Newfound Problems (Westside Observer re-post)

Editor Notes: This is a reposting of  an important story about the plan to reintroduce Franciscan manzanita into City park land – and now also private property along Marietta Drive in the Miraloma Park neighborhood. We also want to refer … Continue reading

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Willie Brown’s opinion on the Natural Areas Program (NAP)

The following question was posed to Willie Brown recently: Rec and Park is planning to cut down 20,000 healthy trees because they are not native; considering the threat to global warming and Al Gore’s advice to plant lots of tree, … Continue reading

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Photographic evidence that eucalyptus is NOT invasive

Photographic evidence that eucalyptus is NOT invasive | Death of a Million Trees Guest Post: Death of a Million Trees Our subscribers have probably noticed that we are studying the case the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) has made to classify Blue … Continue reading

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Seeing Red Over Green Shrub (WSJ article)

Plan to Create an Urban Federal Preserve for the Manzanita Sparks Some Opposition GUEST POST:  By JIM CARLTON,  WSJ SAN FRANCISCO—In order to protect and restore an endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets aside “critical habitats” in places … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus trees do NOT kill birds!

Guest Post:   Death of a Million Trees Eucalyptus trees do NOT kill birds! | Death of a Million Trees The claim that eucalyptus trees kill birds originates with an article in the publication of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, written by … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies in California Need Eucalyptus Trees for their Winter Roost

Guest Post:   Death of a Million Trees Monarch butterflies in California need eucalyptus trees for their winter roost | Death of a Million Trees. Monarchs are probably the best-known butterfly in North America, partially because they are distinctively beautiful, … Continue reading

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Mt Sutro Hike by Tony Holiday

Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger, recently hiked Mt Sutro from the Stanyan steps to the summit and back down to Parnassus. (Go to his blog, Stairways are Heaven, for more hikes and photographs.) This photo-essay is one … Continue reading

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UCSF’s “Urgent Fire Safety” on Mt Sutro – How True?

Our readers have been following the story of Sutro Forest, the beautiful Cloud Forest that lies in San Francisco’s fog belt. It captures moisture from the marine layer fog, and is thus wet all through the summer and into the … Continue reading

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UCSF To Fell 1250 Mt Sutro Trees for “Urgent Fire Safety” – Aug 2013

This article is reprinted with permission from SutroForest.com. UCSF SURPRISE: FELLING >1000 TREES ON MT SUTRO IN AUGUST 2013 We had thought that UCSF was not going to cut down trees this fall when we wrote One More Year for … Continue reading

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The City That Knows How – Seattle?

This is a first-person account from a reader, but it’s not one of our occasional Park Visitor series. It’s about Seattle. —————————– A few months ago, I visited Seattle. Like every tourist, at some point I headed for the Seattle … Continue reading

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