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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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Oyster Bay: Firehose of Funds means a Firehose of Herbicides

This article is reprinted from the website Death of a Million Trees with permission and minor changes.   OYSTER BAY: A FIREHOSE OF PUBLIC FUNDING SUPPLIES A FIREHOSE OF HERBICIDES Oyster Bay is one of several East Bay Regional Parks … Continue reading

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San Francisco “Natural Resources” Herbicide Usage Up 57% in 2017

We have recently analyzed the data for herbicide use in the full year 2017 for San Francisco’s so-called “Natural Resources Department” (NRD – formerly Natural Areas Program). It’s up 57% from the previous year. NRD is a department of San … Continue reading

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Roundup, Garlon, and Pesticide-Free Parks

New evidence has emerged that Monsanto influenced the Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) to downplay the cancer-causing risk of Roundup. This pesticide, and others that may be even more hazardous, are used in our parks and watersheds. And now, since San Francisco is … Continue reading

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Garlon v. Oxalis – in 10 Easy Slides

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Mt Davidson: Toxic Garlon, Felled Trees

On a recent trip to Mount Davidson, a visitor saw that Garlon had been sprayed on oxalis. The Natural Resources Department (NRD, formerly Natural Areas Program) is the most frequent user of pesticides in San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department … Continue reading

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San Francisco Parks and Pesticides, Jan-Oct 2016

Our regular readers may know that we have been following the use of herbicides in our city parks, and particularly in our so-called Natural Areas. Contrary to their name, they are a major user of herbicides. We collect the monthly … Continue reading

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San Francisco RPD Map of Responsibility Areas for Pesticides (and Unrecorded Spraying)

If you’ve every wondered – as we have – which section a particular playground or park falls under, this map will help. This also determines who within San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) is responsible for pesticide use in … Continue reading

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San Francisco Herbicides 2015: Why Better Isn’t Good Enough

We have some nearly good news. After years of increasing pesticide until 2014, the 2015 data shows Natural Areas Program (NAP) again used less herbicides than in the year before – though they applied it more often. The volume of … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Pesticide Problem

Ever since the World Health Organization declared glyphosate (Roundup, Aquamaster) a probable human carcinogen in March 2015, San Francisco has had a problem: This is the herbicide most frequently used in San Francisco’s parks. There’s only one good solution: A … Continue reading

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Five Reasons it’s Okay to Love Oxalis – and Stop Poisoning It

The oxalis season is over, and the perky yellow flowers have vanished for another year. These Bermuda buttercups will be back next year to herald the spring, bringing joy to those who love them, irritation to those who hate them, … Continue reading

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Sutro Forest Herbicide Projections: Bad News for San Francisco’s Natural Areas?

Our regular readers will know that we’ve been following the Natural Areas Program’s (NAP) increasing use of pesticides with some dismay. When we got the 2012 data, it was clear that pesticide use had increased by every measure. That story … Continue reading

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SF’s Natural Areas Program Uses Even More Pesticides

The 2012 final data are in, and it’s official: In 2012, the Natural Areas Program (NAP) used more pesticides than in any year from 2008 (the first year for which we have data provided by the City). This is true … Continue reading

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The Natural Areas Program and Pesticides: Volumes and Numbers

We talked about pesticide use in the Natural Areas a number of times, and particular of the increasing volumes of the “Fearsome Four” pesticides they use most: Glyphosate (Roundup or Aquamaster); Triclopyr (Garlon or Garlon 4 Ultra); Imazapyr (Polaris or … Continue reading

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Mount Davidson’s Garlon Pesticide – Again

The other day, we walked on Mount Davidson. The view from the top was lovely, and in the middle of it was a pesticide sign. It was difficult to read because the moisture had condensed under the plastic. But we … Continue reading

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West Portal Monthly: Clearcut Case of Overkill at Mt Davidson Park

The West Portal Monthly today published an article by Jacquie Proctor explaining the problem of the NAP specifically at Mt Davidson and generally throughout the city.  The plan seeks to destroy at least 1600 trees on Mt Davidson alone. Read … Continue reading

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Three Poisons on Mt Davidson: Garlon, Aquamaster, Milestone Pesticides

Recently, someone sent the San Francisco Forest Alliance this Pesticide Notice. It’s for Mount Davidson, for the end of January/ early February 2012. We found it shocking. Why? It plans on using three of the most toxic pesticides San Francisco … Continue reading

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