Tag Archives: Polaris/ Habitat

Pesticide Use Up in San Francisco Parks, Natural Areas – 2019

In 2019, SFRPD applied herbicides 243 times, the most since 2013. Of these, 144 applications were in “Natural Areas” (this includes PUC areas managed in the same way – i.e. use of toxic herbicides against plants they dislike). Though the … 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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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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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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Natural Areas Pesticides: The Fearsome Four

The Natural Areas Program (NAP) uses four herbicides classified as “Most Hazardous” (Tier I) or “More Hazardous” (Tier II) by San Francisco’s Department of the Environment (DoE): Garlon 4 Ultra (triclopyr) Roundup or Aquamaster (glyphosate) Polaris or Habitat (imazapyr) Milestone … Continue reading

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Mount Davidson’s Garlon Pesticide – Again

The other day, we walked on Mount Davidson. The view from the top was lovely, and in the middle of it was a pesticide sign. It was difficult to read because the moisture had condensed under the plastic. But we … 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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