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Lessons From the Terrible North Bay Wildfires of 2017

This careful analysis of the terrible wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area is republished with permission from MillionTrees, a website that fights to prevent unnecessary tree removal in the Bay Area.   Lessons learned from fires in the North … 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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FEMA Rule Change Could Make Tree-felling Easier

Very often, land managers seeking funding for a project look to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funds. FEMA provides money for fire hazard reduction, and if the project can be presented in those terms, the land managers can … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Jake Sigg: Transparency

[Note: This article is slightly modified from one that originally appeared at SutroForest.com.] This is an open letter to Jake Sigg who has wrongly criticized the San Francisco Forest Alliance and Save Sutro Forest. We invite Mr. Sigg – doyen … Continue reading

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Fire at McLaren Park: Letter from a Park-Lover

We received this letter from a frequent visitor to McLaren Park. It’s published here with permission and minor edits. I was at McLaren a few days ago and the seasonally dry, “Natural Areas” grassland south of Mansell is burnt. I … Continue reading

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Natural Areas Plan: SFFA comments on the DEIR (Pt 7: False “Fire Hazard” Assumptions)

One of the most problematic assumptions in the Significant Natural Resource Area Managment Plan (SNRAMP – Sin-ramp) is that the eucalyptus forests are a fire hazard, and that thinning/ felling them, removing the existing understory, and substituting native plants will … Continue reading

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The “Natural” Areas Program Fells Trees

One would think the Natural Areas Program would be about preserving trees in our city. It’s not. San Francisco in its pre-European state had very very few trees if any, and almost all our trees are non-native. Despite the huge … Continue reading

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