(my neighbords at savesutro.wordpress.com have sent me the following, which I haven't vetted; check it out for yourselves if you live in the Cole Valley or Inner Sunset neighborhoods of San Francisco.)
UCSF has circulated a plan to fell thousands of trees in two separate areas –
South Ridge and Edgewood – as part of a so-called "Fire Mitigation" project.
FEMA funding for this plan is pending.
We oppose this dangerous project.
1. The forest, which receives 30% of its moisture as fog drip during the
summer, functions as a cloud forest. The trees precipitate the fog, and the
dense undergrowth retains it. Hence, thinning the forest would actually
increase the fire hazard by making it drier and more windy.
2. The fire risk has been overstated; Cal Fire on its website actually
indicates the area as having Moderate fire risk – its lowest rating. Both the
project areas are accessible by paved road and water supplies for firefighting
are available all over the mountain. Since the eucalyptus took over, there
have been no serious fires, owing to the dampness of this forest.
3. Thousands of applications of herbicide, mainly Roundup, will be used over
a period of years, to prevent regrowth of eucalyptus, vines, and blackberry
bushes. In addition to poisoning the forest, it's wildlife and human and
canine visitors, this poison will migrate into the communities below and into
4. Mount Sutro is steep and a report on the areas planned for tree removal
show the potential for dangerous landslides.
5. The historic 100-year-old forest is part of the character of the adjoining
neighborhoods, and changing it will adversely affect residents.
More information is available at the website savesutro.wordpress.com