Supporting the Natural Areas Management Plan with emails and public testimony.

We are asking for your help to support one of the most important advocacy actions for Nature in the City this year! We need you to tell the City to move forward with the Natural Areas Plan – a plan that will protect and conserve San Francisco’s special places today and for our children.

Here is a link to the Plan:

As a member of Nature in the City, you know how hard we work to connect Natural Areas to communities in the Sunset District and in Bayview Hunter's Point. Please take action today to protect all 32 of these unique natural areas with a Plan that will increase the quality of life for all San Franciscans and the provide habitat for the wildlife that live among us.

What can you do?

  1. Send an email today (see sample letter below)

  2. Testify with us at a special joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Recreation and Parks Commission on Thursday, December 15th at 1PM, San Francisco City Hall, Room 400

Send an email today (see sample letter below):

Mark Buell
Commission President
Recreation and Parks Commission
Rodney Fong
Commission President
Planning Commission

Dear Commission Presidents Buell and Fong:

I am writing to express my support for the Natural Resource Areas Management Plan and the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. Please move this document forward so that the Recreation and Parks Department can proceed with protecting and restoring our unique local environment, managing healthy urban forests, and creating opportunities for all San Franciscans to pursue a healthy lifestyle in our city parks.

I support the goals of the Natural Areas Plan to protect and restore our local ecosystems and wildlife habitats, promote sustainable and equitable access to healthy open spaces for all San Franciscans, and connect people with nature in their neighborhoods through community-based ecological stewardship.

San Francisco is lucky to harbor an unparalleled network of spectacular natural areas and habitats that exist throughout the urban environment. If we care about San Francisco's own ecological heritage and biodiversity, then we have to care for these incredibly beautiful natural areas.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit my comments for this important planning process. Please certify the Final Environmental Impact Statement and approve the Natural Areas Management Plan.



Testify with us at a special joint meeting of the Planning Commission and Recreation and Parks Commission on Thursday, December 15th at 1PM, San Francisco City Hall, Room 400

Nature in the City's suggested talking points:

  • The approval of the Natural Areas Plan would be the most important action for San Francisco’s biodiversity since the Presidio became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

  • This important blueprint for special places guides the City to conserve and restore biodiversity, to maintain the urban forest, and to promote environmental justice. Showing concern for the welfare of the environment is the right thing to do.

  • We must protect and preserve the habitats and ecosystems we depend on. San Francisco’s astounding biological diversity includes over 450 species of native plants, hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds, ten federally-listed endangered species, native mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

  • The City’s natural areas and urban nature trails provide the opportunity for ALL San Franciscans to experience healthy exercise and cultivate a connection to wild nature where they live. San Francisco's natural areas permit San Franciscans to experience nature without having to go to Yosemite, the central coast, or even Point Reyes. Let's ensure the people’s safety and well-being.

  • Natural Areas are living laboratories for youth, families and scientists to engage hands-on activities to discover local nature.

  • The Plan preserves 95% of the trees in the natural areas, including all 26 acres of native coast live oak woodlands.

  • The Recreation and Parks Department manages our public lands responsibly. RPD is committed to an Integrated Pest Management approach, which means they use their hands and beneficial insects where possible instead of chemicals. Since 2010, working closely with the Department of the Environment, RPD has reduced its total use of currently listed Tier 1 most hazardous herbicides by 91%.