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The Very Long Life of Eucalyptus Trees

This article is republished with permission and minor changes from Death of a Million Trees, a website that fights unnecessary tree killing in the San Francisco Bay Area.     PUTTING ANOTHER MYTH TO REST: LIFESPAN OF BLUE GUM EUCALYPTUS … Continue reading

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The Myth that Nothing Grows Under Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus haters are fond of saying “Nothing grows under eucalyptus.” This refers to “allelopathy” of eucalyptus trees – a defense mechanism in some plants that uses chemical means to prevent other plants growing in the same area. This is empirically … Continue reading

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Cutting Down Forests Releases Green House Gases

Eucalyptus forests are exceptionally good at sequestering carbon: They’re big and fast-growing, with dense wood and long lives. The forests store even more carbon in the soil, much of it in the top three feet. This is true of Sutro … Continue reading

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Can The Public Trust the Pesticide Notices in Our Parks?

One of the main issues the public has with the use of pesticides in our parks is the lack of transparency. There is no way to know in advance where the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) plans to … 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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San Francisco Fells More Trees – Treasure Island

People have started writing to us about hundreds, perhaps thousands, of trees being clear-cut on Treasure Island – beautiful, healthy trees being destroyed. It’s happening right now. One person wrote: “Over on the area where officers quarters are, there appears … 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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Drought-Adapted Eucalyptus NOT Dying by the Thousand

This is a recent post from SutroForest.com, republished with permission and minor edits. We think it is important because the allegation that tens of thousands of eucalyptus trees are dying can be used as an excuse for forest destruction. Jake … Continue reading

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Fighting the East Bay Clear-Cutting of 450,000 Trees

Nearly half a million trees are likely to be felled in Berkeley and the East Bay Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. There’s an extremely destructive project planned. The land managers sought Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Forest Isn’t Diseased or Dying – It’s Natural

This post is reproduced, with permission and minor changes, from SutroForest.com CRYING WOLF WITH BEETLES In the Sutro Stewards blog last month, Craig Dawson (who is its Executive Director) wrote a post claiming that the forest was in dire straits, … Continue reading

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Bees in Glen Canyon – Update

 We’ve reported here before about the bee tree that was cut down as part of the “improvements” to Glen Canyon Park – and the one that was killed by mistake when someone thought it was a nest of yellow-jackets, not … Continue reading

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Understanding Eucalyptus in the Bay Area – Dr Joe R. McBride

Dr. Joe McBride of UC Berkeley spoke at the Commonwealth Club in April 2014 as part of the series “The Science of Conservation and Biodiversity in the 21st Century.”  His main message: Eucalyptus groves in California provide habitat for as … Continue reading

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Improvements to the Glen Canyon Park Playground?

Last month we reported on the status of the Glen Canyon Park Playground Improvements. We mentioned the new playground and that it will not be the same as it was:-  a steep staircase to the slide and bushes that were … Continue reading

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How Children Draw ‘Save the Eucalyptus Trees’

Someone sent us these amazing ‘Save the Eucalyptus’ posters, produced by the children in political artist and printmaker Doug Minkler’s art class. They’re used with permission. [Edited to add the artists’ names.] (If your kids are drawing pictures of San Francisco’s … Continue reading

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California Invasive Plant Council‏: Remove Blue Gum Eucalyptus from the List of Invasive Plants

This is a guest post, republished from Death of a Million Trees:  2013 Progress Report | Death of a Million Trees 2013 PROGRESS REPORT from ‘Death of a Million Trees‘ As we approach the end of the year, let’s review … 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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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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Thanks for the Great Turnout For Sutro Forest!

We’d like to thank everyone who made it a point to attend the Feb 25th hearing  about Sutro Forest, and especially those who spoke. It was a great turnout, and overwhelmingly opposed UCSF’s plan to remove thousands – or tens … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Tree-Felling Started Today

On Monday January 7th, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD), Scott Wiener, and the Glen Park Association held a meeting to discuss the tree-felling for the planned projects in Glen Canyon. The Rec Center was filled to capacity, and … Continue reading

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Bats About Glen Canyon Park

Bats are insect-eating machines. According to the USGS, “Bats normally eat about half their weight in flying insects each night.”  So even for those who don’t find these night-flying mammals charming, it’s good to know there are bats among us. … Continue reading

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