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Another Beloved Tree Gone – Buena Vista Park, San Francisco

We recently received a message about yet another tree that had been destroyed to the dismay of neighbors. This time it’s at Buena Vista Park (BVP). The message is from neighbor Deborah Rodgers, who would love for more people to … 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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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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Better Parks for People Who Need Them: The Proposed “Anti-Equity” Metrics

Proposition B provides San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) with set-aside funds for the next 30 years. It also requires them to ensure equity for the parks, by spending more on parks in under-served areas. Let’s call those the … 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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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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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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Urban Forest Master Plan—Where Art Thou? – by Dee Seligman

This article is reprinted with permission from the West Portal Monthly (with minor changes and added emphasis). We think it’s important that San Francisco save its trees and forests, and expand – not just maintain – its tree canopy cover.  … 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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Wisconsin, Trees and Our Health

This is another of our first-person accounts. A reader visited Madison, Wisconsin and returned this report. We were riding to the airport when traffic slowed on a tree-lined street owing to roadwork. I was reminded of a  friend’s comment about … Continue reading

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Countdown Starts for Glen Canyon Trees

We’ve been writing here about the trees in Glen Canyon scheduled for destruction – a total of over 400 eventually. Well, the countdown has started. A whole bunch of trees have been posted for removal. The comment period is until … Continue reading

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Franciscan manzanita is now an endangered species

Last week US Fish & Wildlife announced that Franciscan manzanita is now an endangered species. In 2009 the single plant known to exist in the wild was discovered during the reconstruction of Doyle Drive. It was transplanted to an undisclosed … Continue reading

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Natural Areas Plan: SFFA comments on the DEIR (Pt 4: Restricting Recreation)

One of the failings of the SNRAMP is that it blocks recreational access to the Natural Areas. Visitors are required to stay on the trails, and just about the only thing you can do is walk along the prescribed trails. … Continue reading

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“Natural Areas Program” Restricts Access

When people hear “Natural Areas” they often have visions of wild areas where trails wind their way through rampant plants, and you can bushwhack your way into interesting nooks and discoveries. Maybe there are wild berries or flowers to be … Continue reading

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A Little Help from our Trees: The Payoffs of Urban Forests

Urban trees are hugely important, not just for their beauty, but for environmental reasons. The NAP’s SNRAMP plans to cut down 18,500 trees (and a whole lot more under 15 feet in height, plus whatever is lost to wind-throw when … Continue reading

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The “Natural” Areas Program Fells Trees

One would think the Natural Areas Program would be about preserving trees in our city. It’s not. San Francisco in its pre-European state had very very few trees if any, and almost all our trees are non-native. Despite the huge … Continue reading

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The Natural Areas Plan for Mt Davidson: a Walk with Jacquie Proctor

Most people have no idea that the Natural Areas Program calls for cutting down 1600 trees on Mt Davidson. Jacquie Proctor, the historian of Mt Davidson (who quite literally wrote the book on it), led a tour there last Saturday, … 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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Three Poisons on Mt Davidson: Garlon, Aquamaster, Milestone Pesticides

Recently, someone sent the San Francisco Forest Alliance this Pesticide Notice. It’s for Mount Davidson, for the end of January/ early February 2012. We found it shocking. Why? It plans on using three of the most toxic pesticides San Francisco … Continue reading

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