Tag Archives: Mt Davidson

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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Cutting Down Forests Releases Green House Gases

Eucalyptus forests are exceptionally good at sequestering carbon: They’re big and fast-growing, with dense wood and long lives. The forests store even more carbon in the soil, much of it in the top three feet. This is true of Sutro … Continue reading

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Pesticides on Blackberry in Fruiting Season

Recently, one of our neighbors was walking on Mt Davidson. It’s the time of the year when the blackberry bushes bear fruit, to the delight of children and the public in general (and not a few animals and birds). She … Continue reading

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Mount Sutro Plan = Landslide Risk

The article below is reprinted with permission from the SutroForest.org website. It’s important because it discusses the issue of increased landslide risk from tree destruction on steep slopes. UCSF outlines the hazard – with a Mount Sutro map – but … 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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Neighbor Activists on Mt Davidson

We received this report from  FRIENDS OF MOUNT DAVIDSON, neighborhood activists who staged some outreach on Easter Sunday morning at Mt Davidson   We gave out more than 100 flyers to visitors before and after the service, at the two most heavily trafficked … Continue reading

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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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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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Save San Francisco’s Historic Forests: What You Can Do

The San Francisco Examiner had a column on August 28th, 2016 about the Natural Areas Program’s (NAP) plans to cut down thousands of trees, especially on Mt. Davidson: http://www.sfexaminer.com/shady-story-san-francisco/ Here’s the beginning: Did you know San Francisco originally didn’t have … Continue reading

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Hands Off Mt Davidson’s Forest – Take it Away from NAP

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s Natural Areas Program (NAP) plans to remove 1/3 (10 acres) of the mature and healthy forest on Mount Davidson. We think the 30-acre forested area of the mountain should be removed from NAP’s control … 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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Herbicide use on Mt Davidson – Nov. 2013

We saw this sign posted on Mt Davidson this week: It is too wet to apply these herbicides now and these two herbicides are very dangerous, one is banned in Europe and the other in New York: Polaris (Imazapyr). This Tier … Continue reading

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Fog for Mt Davidson

The day started out bright and hot, and the fog waited around the northern and western edges of the city. Then, late evening, it started to roll in. Mount Davidson got first dibs. The cloud covered the tops of the … 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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Inserting Endangered Manzanita in City Parks – A Call to Action

Recently, the Franciscan Manzanita has been declared an endangered species. Though readily available in plant nurseries, it does not exist in the wild. One specimen was found on Doyle Drive during the reconstruction work there, and has now been declared … Continue reading

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In Mt Davidson’s Forest

We found a recent video by artist and photographer Lori D’Ambrosio , a self-portrait in the forest on Mt Davidson. This one’s mysterious and scary, with eerie music she composed for it… Lori D’Ambrosio on Mt Davidson, San Francisco This … 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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West Portal Monthly: Neighbors Mobilize to Save Mt Davidson from the Axe

West Portal Monthly ran Jacquie Proctor’s article about the San Francisco Forest Alliance’s petition on its front page. Headlined “Neighbors Mobilize to Save Mt Davidson from the Axe,” the article explained how the petition drive is planned to end with … Continue reading

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