Tag Archives: Pesticides

How Children Draw ‘Save the Eucalyptus Trees’

Someone sent us these amazing ‘Save the Eucalyptus’ posters, produced by the children in political artist and printmaker Doug Minkler’s art class. They’re used with permission. [Edited to add the artists’ names.] (If your kids are drawing pictures of San Francisco’s … Continue reading

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SFRPD Herbicide Use – A Correction

We recently reprinted an analysis of herbicide use by Natural Areas Program (NAP) compared with the rest of SFRPD. The conclusion, that NAP’s pesticide use increased in 2013, and it exceeded Other SFRPD (excluding Harding Golf Course) was not quite … 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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SF Butterfly wedding ban hypocrisy

In Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle, Matier & Ross had a blurb about the SF Commission on the Environment’s push to ban people from releasing butterflies at their weddings. Ok, that sounds good. We’re not even sure why exactly someone would … 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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SF RPD Pesticides Report, 1st Half 2013

In April 2013, we posted about the herbicide use of the Natural Areas Program (NAP) vs the rest of San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD). That’s HERE.  This graph is based on the data for half the year, 2013. … Continue reading

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Invasion Biology: Pseudoscience? Talk in Berkeley this Sunday

East Bay Pesticide Alert will co-sponsor a talk this Sunday evening about the impetus behind the widespread plans to fell trees in the Bay Area. David Theodoropoulos, the main speaker, is a conservation biologist and author of a book, “Invasion … Continue reading

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Nearly Half a Million Trees Threatened in East Bay

Another Draft Environmental Impact Report, another threat to trees. Now we’re no longer counting in thousands or tens of thousands. This time, it’s hundreds of thousands. In the East Bay, there are three inter-related plans to cut down nearly 500 … 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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Pesticides and Cancer, Glyphosate and Gut Bugs

At the recent “Save the Forests!” meeting, physician Dr Morley Singer told us about an article in the journal of the American Cancer Society that showed links between pesticide use and increased cancer risk. The article is in CA: A … 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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West of Twin Peaks Central Council opposes Natural Areas Program, Part 2: Trees and Pesticides

This article continues the West of Twin Peaks Central Council (WTPCC) letter opposing the Natural Areas Program (NAP). Emphasis has been added. Click here for the beginning of the letter. Click here for Part 3, Park Access and Habitat & … Continue reading

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Fire at McLaren Park: Letter from a Park-Lover

We received this letter from a frequent visitor to McLaren Park. It’s published here with permission and minor edits. I was at McLaren a few days ago and the seasonally dry, “Natural Areas” grassland south of Mansell is burnt. I … 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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“Milestone” Pesticide in Glen Canyon (and Why New York Prohibits It)

This article is being reproduced, with permission and minor changes, from Death of a Million Trees.  “Milestone” (Aminopyralid) is one of the “Fearsome Four” pesticides the Natural Areas Program uses. [Click HERE for an article on the “Fearsome Four” major … Continue reading

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Natural Areas Plan: SFFA comments on the DEIR (Pt 2: Herbicides)

As readers will be aware, NAP uses Tier II and Tier I (more hazardous and most hazardous) herbicides. If the Significant Natural Areas Program (SNRAMP – Sin-ramp) is implemented, pesticide use will rise even more than it has done so … Continue reading

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Pesticides ‘Throughout the Park’

Recently, one of our readers sent us this picture of a pesticide notice from McLaren Park. It was breathtaking in its breadth, also rather confusing. They were applying Aquamaster (this is glyphosate, the same chemical used in Roundup) for three … Continue reading

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