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The Mount Sutro Stewards is truly a grassroots coalition formed to address the management of the 61 acre UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Issues of concern to the founding members included the proactive manage of the forest and remaining native plant habitats as well as the further development of the trail network for recreational users.
The program launched in September of 2006 with the well publicized announcement of the intent to restore a recently re-discovered old trail. This trail and the native habitat along it become the focus the Stewards first nine months of volunteer events. By the end of the first year the Stewards had logged over 5,000 hours of volunteer labor contributed to their trails and habitat programs. That first year also brought recognition and a Beautification Award from San Francisco Beautiful as well as a great feature article on the program in Bay Nature magazine.
Buoyed by their growing success the Stewards, working closely with UCSF, began an ambitious program of trail maintenance and realignment. At the same time many habitat projects were undertaken to enhance the viability of some rare native plant populations. The beauty of running both program focuses during each volunteer event was that it allowed activities for everyone willing to volunteer.
Craig Dawson leads a safety talk before the workparty
Statistics from our first
FROM SEPTEMBER 2006 to 2009 WE HAVE:
- Contributed Over 15,000 Hours of Volunteer Labor
- Restored and Improved 8,700 Feet of Trail
- Reclaimed Over 172,000 Sq. Ft. of Habitat
- Consumed Over 540 Pizzas and 1,680 Pints of Beer
- AND HAD FUN DOING IT!
This video captures the Stewards and volunteers hard a work alongside Rec and Park during the reconstruction of the Edgewood Trail. This trail now begins at the end of Edgewood and runs through the Interior Greenbelt into the UCSF property, connecting with the UCSF Mt. Sutro trail network. Special thanks to co-founder Dan Schneider for creating this inspiring piece.
Do some heavy lifting with the stewards trail work team!
The regular Sutro Stewardship Program runs on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month. Volunteers need not signup in advance, but arriving promptly at 9 a.m. or just before is important since the activities can take place anywhere within the 61 acres. When crews have assembled and tools supplied you will travel with your crew leaders to your assigned worksite.
UCSF Today, July 2009
Mt. Sutro's Untold Understory
Mt. Sutro Forest Plan Calls for more Diversity of Species
Healing the Mt. Sutro Forest
Old age hits S.F. woods where Ishi once roamed
Farms, Fire and Forest