Tag Archives: herbicides

Native Plant “Restorations” Continue to Use Toxic Herbicides

We have long opposed the use of toxic pesticides in our parks and watersheds. The article below, published in Death of a Million Trees, illustrates some of the issues. It’s republished here with permission and minor changes.   DIGGING IN: … Continue reading

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Herbicide Use by San Francisco Natural Resource Department Rises Sharply in 1H 2018

The Natural Resources Department’s low-pesticide-usage honeymoon is over, judging by the pesticide usage data from the first half of 2018. If this continues in the second half, NRD will end the year at nearly the level of pesticide use in … Continue reading

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Why a NO vote on AB 2470 (June 2018 election)

AB 2470, “Invasive Species” is a bill to “establish the Invasive Species Council of California, composed as prescribed, to help coordinate a comprehensive effort to exclude invasive species already established in the state. The bill would establish a California Invasive … 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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Mixed Results for Mission Blue Butterfly in San Francisco: Here’s Why

This article is reprinted with permission from SutroForest.com, a website that has been reporting on the Mission Blue project for some years. It’s now Year 9 of the the Mission Blue butterfly project on Twin Peaks, San Francisco. In 2008, SF Recreation … Continue reading

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Pesticides in our Parks, Jan-March 2017

Someone recently sent us this picture (above) of herbicide being sprayed at Glen Canyon. “Saw a guy spraying pesticides in Glen Canyon today. I didn’t want to get close enough to read the sign because he’s spraying right now and I’m … 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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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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Truck-size Loopholes in San Francisco’s Pesticide Plan

If you oppose the use of toxic herbicides in our parks, you may wish to attend a San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFDoE) hearing on  Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 4:30-7:00 pm in the Downstairs Conference Room, 1455 Market St. (near 11th … Continue reading

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The Natural Areas Program and Pesticide Use

We recently received a response from Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) , to our concerns regarding the “Natural Areas Program”  (NAP). We thank him for the detailed response, but we still have … Continue reading

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Comments from our Petition to the Mayor

Back in October 2013, we saw a report on SFGate (the online presence of the SF Chronicle) saying that Mayor Ed Lee would be responding to petitions addressed to him on Change.org if they crossed a certain (unspecified) number of … Continue reading

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