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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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Pesticides in our Parks – Bernal Hill

The Natural Areas program (now called the Natural Resources Department) regularly uses herbicides in many of our parks. We’ve published pictures before of Glen Canyon and Mt Davidson. This time, it’s Bernal Hill. This hill apparently needs herbicides. So they’re … Continue reading

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Report on San Francisco Pesticides Meeting – Next is Jan 11, 2016

On January 11th, 2016  the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFDoE) will hold its Policy Committee meeting , to review the rules about which pesticides may be used on city-owned properties (the “reduced risk” list). If pesticide use in … Continue reading

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Public Opposition to Pesticide Use in our Public Parks

This article has been republished with permission from ‘Death of a Million Trees,’ a blog that fights unnecessary tree felling in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you wish to sign the petition opposing the use of Roundup (glyphosate) in … Continue reading

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SF’s Natural Areas Program Beats Own Pesticide Record in 2013

This article is adapted with permission from SutroForest.com UCSF, which owns and manages most of Mt Sutro Forest, recently decided not to use pesticides there. This may make it the only wild land in San Francisco that is reliably free … 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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Blackberry and Pesticides

It’s blackberry season! All over the city, people are picking the delicious berries off the Himalayan Blackberry bushes. At Twin Peaks, we saw someone intently gathering fruit in a small bowl from bushes below Twin Peaks Boulevard. In Glen Canyon … Continue reading

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Good News, Sad News at Golden Gate Park’s Oak Woodlands

This is another in our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our parks, published with permission. (Golden Gate Park has several areas claimed by the Natural Areas Program, collectively called Oak Woodlands. They include the actual Oak Woodlands … 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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The Vision for McLaren: Golden Gate Park or San Bruno Mountain?

McLaren Park is the third-largest park in the city, after Golden Gate Park and Lake Merced. It’s being tagged as a “destination park” — that is, one of interest not just to its neighbors but to everyone who lives in … 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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