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SF Rec & Parks Using a New (Old) Pesticide

One of our supporters reports the “Natural Resources Department” (NRD) of  the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) is using a new pesticide on Mt Davidson: Vastlan (from Dow). It’s being applied in a so-called “natural area” now named … 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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Restricting Access in McLaren Park

Plans are afoot in McLaren Park to close many of the trails people actually enjoy, and substitute a limited number of broad road-type paths. Most park users don’t realize this is going on – not just in McLaren, but all … Continue reading

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Dec 15th: Joint Meeting of Planning Commission and Rec&Parks Commission

Edited to Add: Unfortunately, the Environmental Impact Report was certified despite its many flaws; and the Significant Natural Resources Areas Management Plan (SNRAMP – “sin-ramp”) was approved. Our thanks to all the people who came to the meeting and spoke. … 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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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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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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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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McLaren Park: Stairways, Wildflowers, and Great Blue Heron

This is another of our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco parks. This is by Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger. It’s adapted from his blog, Stairways are Heaven and published with permission. … 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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Spinning the Bee-Tree Fiasco

We received this letter from Scott Mattoon, a bee advocate who is concerned not just by the killing of the bee tree in Glen Canyon Park’s Natural Areas, but by the reaction of San Francisco Recreation and Parks. If, like … 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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Glen Canyon: Nesting Season, Habitat Destruction, and Pesticide

The nesting season is in full swing, now, and pictures of baby owls and other baby wildlife are beginning to hit the Internet. Glen Canyon is – or has been – an exceptionally good nesting area, with many kinds of … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Park Loses Another Bee Tree

Back in October of 2011, SF RPD destroyed a bee tree in Glen Canyon Park.  Now the second one’s gone too, presumably the victim of another mistake. THE FIRST HIVE The first bee hive was mistakenly killed when a park … 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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Bats About Glen Canyon Park

Bats are insect-eating machines. According to the USGS, “Bats normally eat about half their weight in flying insects each night.”  So even for those who don’t find these night-flying mammals charming, it’s good to know there are bats among us. … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

In recent weeks, neighbors and the San Francisco Forest Alliance have all faced growing confusion about what exactly was happening with Glen Canyon’s trees. Recently, the Glen Park News published an article that in our opinion only compounded the confusion … Continue reading

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Glen Canyon Petition Delivered

We’ve delivered the petition to save the trees of Glen Canyon Park. It’s over 2800 signatures, and the number is still increasing. HERE is the link to what we wrote to the Mayor, Supervisor Wiener, the Rec and Park Commission, … Continue reading

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Before and After

Satire… for when truth is so strange that most people don’t believe it.

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