San Francisco Fells More Trees – Treasure Island

DSCN0052 - the beautiful trees of Treasure Island San Francisco - soon to be gone 2016

People have started writing to us about hundreds, perhaps thousands, of trees being clear-cut on Treasure Island – beautiful, healthy trees being destroyed. It’s happening right now.

One person wrote: “Over on the area where officers quarters are, there appears to be clear cutting is there any thing that can be done to save the ones left?

Then he sent us these pictures with the note: “Thanks for your attention to these matters. I am just a beer drinking football watching person, but perhaps I am more naive than I thought, because what I saw as represented by these images … was disturbing to a city person like myself.

DSCN0008 trees felled and dumped -Treasure Island san francisco 2016

 

DSCN0021 stumps and piles of mulch are all thats left - treasure island san francisco 2016

“These trees appear to have been just killed and then ground down to saw dust with no thought of conservation, reuse or anything, unconscionable,” he added.¬† I doubt the proud city of San Fran will ever mitigate the amount of trees they are killing today.”

huge old trees cut down on treasure island san francisco 2016Another person wrote:

“[On Treasure Island] I drove past several spots on the island where eucalyptus have been completely clear cut. I was driving so I couldn’t really get a good estimate, but it looks like many hundreds. Many of the trees were VERY large and healthy looking. They are already being chipped and/or logged…

“The work of the nativists? Looks like it to me. Otherwise why remove entire stands of healthy trees?

“I, for one, am sick and tired of this disgusting, unsupportable destruction that has no scientific or practical basis. These actions go beyond normal landscaping or aesthetic decisions. The city will suffer the effects of these actions for decades to come.

“Frankly, I’m also disappointed that the main opposition relies so heavily¬† on scientifically unsupportable counter-arguments. It makes it very hard to find effective ways to combat the destructive philosophy that has taken over Parks and Rec.”

DSCN0020 stumps and piles of mulch are all thats left - treasure island san francisco 2016

The huge eucalyptus trees of Treasure Island are among the sites where Monarch butterflies have been known to overwinter. Eucalyptus trees are great at sequestering carbon because of their dense wood, their fast growth, their huge size, and their long lives… if they’re not cut down like these trees here.

  • How many tons of sequestered carbon are now being released?
  • How much monarch butterfly over-wintering habitat has been destroyed?
  • How much tree cover for birds and animals has been removed?

How can San Francisco call itself a green city with this tree canopy shrinkage going on in these times of global warming?

monarch butterfly in a San Francisco eucalyptus tree - copyright Janet Kessler

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Planned tree removals on Glenridge trail, Glen Canyon Park

Planned tree removals (between 31 and 33) were announced by SF Park & Rec on August 16th. As part of the Glen Canyon Trail Restoration project trails will be restored, at the expense of trees along the Glenridge trail. Tree work will begin after September 16th.

Here are pictures of some of the trees that have been marked for removal (do not expect that these trees will merely be pruned).

Notice posted on more than 30 trees

Notice posted on more than 30 trees

Octopus Tree along Glenridge trail

Octopus Tree along Glenridge trail

Along Glenridge trail

Along Glenridge trail

Glenridge trail, heading south

Glenridge trail, heading south

Marked tree, leans away from trail

Marked tree, leans away from trail

Looking north to Glenridge preschool

Looking north to Glenridge preschool

Pair of trees, marked for destruction

Pair of trees, marked for destruction

Marked trees along upper trail

Marked trees along upper trail

Marked trees on upper trail

Marked trees on upper trail

The City is saying they have made and will continue to make every effort to prune trees rather than remove them if they can do that to mitigate the safety hazard to park users.