Tag Archives: Mount Davidson

SF Rec & Parks Using a New (Old) Pesticide

One of our supporters reports the “Natural Resources Department” (NRD) of  the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) is using a new pesticide on Mt Davidson: Vastlan (from Dow). It’s being applied in a so-called “natural area” now named … Continue reading

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Mt Davidson: Tree Destruction Imminent?

There’s a lot of activity at the Juanita entrance of Mt Davidson, and neighbors fear the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) is rushing through its tree-felling program. At a time when we need trees more than ever to … Continue reading

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San Francisco Pesticides and “Inaccessible Areas”

One of our supporters has been pursuing a concerning issue regarding pesticide application in San Francisco. As our regular readers will know, proper notices are required when spraying toxic herbicides (designated Tier II, More Hazardous and Tier I, Most Hazardous) … 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 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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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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Mt Davidson Ethereal in the Fog

This is one of our “park visitor” series – first person accounts of our parks, published with permission. Last month, I walked up mysterious and beautiful Mt Davidson on a foggy day with a friend. We entered through this gate, … Continue reading

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Damp Forest on Mt Davidson – Tony Holiday

This is another of our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco parks. This photo-essay is by Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger.  It’s adapted from his blog, Stairways are Heaven and published with … Continue reading

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Forest-Bathing on Mt Davidson

Another article in our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our parks, published with permission. This one looks at the imperiled forest on Mt Davidson. Please help save these trees by signing our new petition to the Mayor. … Continue reading

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Why UC Berkeley’s Prof. McBride Wants to Save Mt Davidson

We’re very concerned about the SF Rec & Park plans, under the Natural Areas Program, to fell 1600 trees on Mount Davidson. We were pleased to learn of a letter Professor Joe McBride wrote to Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of … Continue reading

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Summer Walk on Mt Davidson

A group of 17 neighbors gathered for a summer walk on Mount Davidson …  in typical summer weather: super foggy. The group walked through the beautiful woods, shrouded in mist. The paused on the road at the turn where 82% … Continue reading

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Presentations: How it Became Mount Davidson

Mount Davidson – our tallest hill, ringed by residential neighborhoods, graced with a forest and crowned by a landmark cross.  How did it get that way? How come it didn’t get swallowed up into the neighborhoods? Why’s it called Mount … Continue reading

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Who’s Using Pesticides: Q1 Pesticides Report

We’ve been reporting that San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program (NAP) has been spraying increasing amounts of toxic pesticides in parks used by people, pets, and wildlife.  The San Francisco Department of the environment restricts the use of pesticides of land … Continue reading

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Save the Forests! Meeting on Sunday April 21, 2013

The San Francisco Forest Alliance  and  Save Sutro Forest  are holding a meeting on 21 April 2013 to talk about the planned felling of trees on Mount Sutro — and on Mount Davidson. These actions would gut two important urban … Continue reading

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Photo of San Francisco’s Wild Turkey on Mount Davidson – by Tim Cashman

Tim Cashman got photographs of San Francisco’s wild turkey, the same one Jacquie and Ron Proctor saw on March 30th 2013.  Here’s his account and the photographs (printed with permission): “I was working at my computer when something large and … Continue reading

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Wild Turkey On Mount Davidson

“For you wildlife watchers, I just saw a wild turkey cross the north trail on Mt. D today,” wrote Jacqueline Proctor.  “He flew off toward Glen Canyon when we tried to get a better look and picture. I have never … Continue reading

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Mt Davidson’s Memorial for the Newtown Children

Twenty-six white crosses stand beside the Murdered Tree on Mount Davidson,  a memorial to the children and the adults killed by a crazed young  man in the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. We don’t know who … Continue reading

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Downed Oak, Mount Davidson, and “Poor Suitability”

We’ve been hearing a lot about “poor suitability” in the context of trees that San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) wants to cut down in Glen Canyon Park. Have they considered the “poor suitability” of the trees they might … Continue reading

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Franciscan manzanita is now an endangered species

Last week US Fish & Wildlife announced that Franciscan manzanita is now an endangered species. In 2009 the single plant known to exist in the wild was discovered during the reconstruction of Doyle Drive. It was transplanted to an undisclosed … Continue reading

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Mt Davidson Chirps: The Pink Umbrella

We received this letter recently from a foggy-day visitor to Mount Davidson. It’s published with permission. After many visits to Mt Davidson, I’m still amazed at how it rains inside the forest even on some sunny days, and creeks run … Continue reading

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