Tag Archives: San Francisco Forest Alliance

San Francisco Cutting Down its Ancient Trees – Lake Merced

Though San Francisco’s tree cover is inadequate by the standards of any major city, it is fortunate to have a lot of old trees – many of them over 100 years old. Unfortunately, instead of treasuring these trees – it’s … Continue reading

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No Pesticides in Our Parks and Watersheds

Below is the text of a letter San Francisco Forest Alliance sent yesterday to the Environment Commission and the SF Department for the Environment. We stand for no toxic pesticides in our parks and watersheds.   To: Director Deborah Raphael, … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings!

With this holiday season rolling around again, we’re pausing to realize that the San Francisco Forest Alliance is six years old! Our first post – about pesticide use on Twin Peaks – was on Dec 19, 2011. It’s been six … Continue reading

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SF Forest Alliance: Problems in the Sutro Forest DEIR – Part II

On September 22, 2017,  the Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group, on behalf of its client, San Francisco Forest Alliance, submitted the following comments and questions to the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”) regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) … Continue reading

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SF Forest Alliance: Problems in the Sutro Forest DEIR – Part I

On September 22, 2017,  the Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group, on behalf of its client, San Francisco Forest Alliance, submitted the following comments and questions to the University of California, San Francisco (“UCSF”) regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) … 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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Natural Areas EIR Approved

We’re reporting back on the Board of Supervisors  hearing on the appeal for the Appeal on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)  for the Natural Areas Management Plan on Feb 28th. Supervisor Yee (District 7) voted for our appeal; unfortunately the … Continue reading

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San Francisco Forest Alliance Appeals to Board of Supervisors

Our supporters are aware that we intended to file an appeal when the Planning Commission certified the deeply-flawed Environmental Impact Report on the “Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Plan.” Here’s our letter: (Then it continues into details of the failings … Continue reading

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Saving our Urban Forests – A Small Step Forward

This article is republished from the Death of a Million Trees website with permission and minor edits. The San Francisco Forest Alliance (SFFA) has announced (see below) the successful conclusion of a year-long process of developing a policy for the … Continue reading

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Wishing You All a Good 2015!

The year end 2014 marked the third full year for this site, which was started in December of 2011. Now we’re well into the beginning of 2015 and the continuing fight to save our forests and natural spaces for the … Continue reading

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Why Urban Trees Are Important to Us All

Recently, we wrote about the importance of setting a tree canopy cover goal for San Francisco, a city that should be a green leader. We’d like to see such a goal incorporated into the Urban Forest Master Plan, which unfortunately … Continue reading

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Bees in Glen Canyon – Update

 We’ve reported here before about the bee tree that was cut down as part of the “improvements” to Glen Canyon Park – and the one that was killed by mistake when someone thought it was a nest of yellow-jackets, not … Continue reading

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Opposing ROSE’s Policy 4.2 – Update

[UPDATE: Disappointingly, despite what we were told was a deluge of emails and phone calls, the Board of Supervisors passed the ROSE – including Policy 4.2. Details are available here: The ROSE disappointment.] Two weeks ago, we explained why we … Continue reading

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Supporting “Clean, Green and Safe” from Scott Wiener

We’re asking the Board of Supervisors at San Francisco’s City Hall to support Supervisor Scott Wiener’s “Clean, Green and Safe” budget package. Here’s what he’s proposing (this is taken from a note from his office): $2 million to increase tree … Continue reading

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Open Letter to SF Weekly

Recently, journalist Rachel Swan saw our post Fighting the NAP Nativist Agenda and our video caught her attention. (Here’s  our video on Youtube, where you can also sign up for the SF Forest Alliance Youtube channel) She  had some questions … Continue reading

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Fighting The NAP Nativist Agenda

Once in a while, we want to affirm the values that San Francisco Forest Alliance stands for. We’re a grass-roots organization of people who love nature and the environment, pay taxes responsibly, and want access to our parks and wild … Continue reading

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Ecological Communities and Time – Dr Arthur Shapiro, March 24 noon, Commonwealth Club

Earlier, we alerted you to a series of lectures that may provide thought leadership  important thought leadership that could shift the way San Francisco manages its wild spaces. It’s the Science of Conservation and Biodiversity in the 21st Century series, from … Continue reading

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Share your Photos on our Flickr Page

We now have a photo sharing site (Flickr) and encourage you to submit your photos of San Francisco city parks! Have your photo(s) ready and then follow these steps: Step 1:   Click this  http://www.flickr.com/groups/sanfranciscoforestalliance/ (Tip: bookmark in your browser favorites … Continue reading

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East Bay: The EPA Questions the Environmental Impact Statement

Many of the readers of this site are aware that trees and habitat are threatened, not just in San Francisco, but across the Bay Area, due largely to the same kind of sentiment vilifying introduced species as the “Natural Areas … Continue reading

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The UCSF Plan for Mount Sutro Forest – Video

San Francisco’s hidden urban treasure is at risk. The Sutro Forest is the single largest urban forest in San Francisco. Three-quarters (61 acres) of it is owned by UCSF, which officially calls it the Open Space Reserve. The contiguous 19-acre … Continue reading

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