Tag Archives: Natural Areas Program

Disturbing Story of the Mt Davidson Bench

Here’s the story of the Mount Davidson Eagle Scout bench, from its sudden removal by the Natural Areas Program, to the silly lie included in the Environmental Impact Report on the Natural Resource Areas Management Plan.  The Natural Area Program’s … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Why the Environmental Impact Report for Natural Areas is Flawed

After many years, millions of dollars, and a changing cast of consultants, the final Environmental Impact Report for the Natural Areas Management Plan has emerged. It’s deeply flawed.  (This is the Plan known as the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Oppose the Natural Areas “Project”

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission (SFRPC) is planning to approve the Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan (here called the Project) on December 15, 2016. This will happen if the Planning Commission certifies the Environment Impact Report, which … Continue reading

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Better Parks for People Who Need Them, 2: Improving the Equity Metrics

This article expresses further concerns about the Equity Metrics developed by San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department (SFRPD). The first article is here: The  Proposed”Anti-Equity Metrics”. Proposition B provides SFRPD with set-aside funds for the next 30 years. It also … Continue reading

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POSTPONED: Sept 29, 2016 NAP Meeting; EXTENDED: EBMUD Comment Deadline

We recently posted about two important dates: a City Hall meeting regarding the Natural Areas Program (NAP)  that was scheduled for Sept 29, and the last date for comments on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) that was September … 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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More Roundup for Glen Canyon

A couple of days ago, someone emailed us that they had seen Pesticide Warning notices in Glen Canyon. This park is one where neighbors have been sharply opposed to pesticide use, particularly to glyphosate, the active ingredient of Roundup. The … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Proposition B? (San Francisco Rec & Parks Slush Fund)

[Edited to Add on 26th April 2016: The website of opponents to Prop B keeps a running tally of groups opposing the Proposition. HERE is the link:  http://www.sfvotenopropositionb.info/  ] The San Francisco Forest Alliance opposes Proposition B.  Initially, Proposition B, Supervisor … 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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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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Did “Round Up” Kill My Dog? (and why you should care)

This article by Dr. Victoria Hamman was published recently in “The Natural Newsletter.” Dr Hamman is a licensed naturopathic doctor who lives in San Francisco. It’s republished here by permission with minor edits and added pictures. RIP, good dog Barack. … 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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Twin Peaks – Plans for Extensive Trail Closures

Here we go again – the shrinking of our parks by the Natural Areas Program (NAP). Instead of allowing visitors to experience wide natural lands, these plans want to restrict access to a very limited trail system. From these trails, … Continue reading

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Roundup Reclassified as Tier I – SF Dept of Environment

A few weeks ago, we reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) had found that Roundup (glyphosate) was “probably carcinogenic.” It’s the herbicide the Natural Areas Program (NAP) uses most, either by the name Roundup or the name Aquamaster. The … 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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World Health Organization: Roundup “Probably Carcinogenic”

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” to humans. Specifically, it links the herbicide to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. (You can read their press release here: WHO glyphosate MonographVolume112) Though SFRPD Natural Areas Program’s use of herbicides … Continue reading

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Restricting Access to San Francisco’s Parks

Access to our parks and especially our Natural Areas is one of our key concerns with the Natural Areas Program – and the values that underlie it, now being spread to all open lands. (Click here for our article on … Continue reading

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Two Cheers for NAP’s Herbicide Use in 2014

[Note: This article has been edited to add a section on dead birds near Kezar Stadium.] We’ve been following the use of hazardous herbicides by the Natural Areas Program (NAP) for some years now – and it’s been rising steadily. … Continue reading

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Over 1700 Signatures to the Mayor!

Our supporters will recall that last year, we ran an online signature campaign specifically addressed to Mayor Lee, asking him to: Stop NAP from destroying trees and thickets, spraying dangerous herbicides, disrupting healthy ecosystems that support hundreds of species, and … Continue reading

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Relentless War on Eucalyptus – The Example of Glen Canyon

This article is reproduced from MillionTrees.me – the website of Death of a Million Trees with permission and minor formatting changes. A new front has opened in the relentless war on eucalyptus in California. The drought has given native plant … Continue reading

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