Presidio Park Stewards at
Friday October 19
Presidio Plant Patrol
Friends of Glen Canyon
Fort Funston Nursery
Friends of Shields/Orizaba Rocky Outcrop
Friends of Brooks Park
Land's End Stewards
For more information, contact info, and
directions to natural areas and restoration sites, go to the
on the Nature in the City website.
member of Nature in the
today and get a new map! Go online, email or call 415-564-4107
to join us.
Nature in the City is a
project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 California non profit
public benefit corporation
forget to shop
city's favorite hardware store, and help Nature
in the City!
||Golden Gate Audubon Berkeley
GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year
|| Native Plant Landscaping and
Native Plant Sale at Garden
for the Environment
- 3PM. Pre-registration required.
Please call (415) 731-5627 to pre-register or for more information.
the City will
have our 2nd TALK of
the season at Counterpulse.
8th annual Brower
Reserve your spot today by going
Annual Native Plant Sale Yerba
Buena Chapter, CNPS
San Francisco County Fair Building
De Meo or call 415-668-3136
Bay Nov 8,
Bay Nov 9, Central Bay Nov 10.
For more information or to sign up, send availability, location
preference, contact info and bird watching expertise level to Mike
items, as well as regular volunteer opportunites, go to the
to view all posted events.
SFBC Says No to Prop H
• Prop. H will
increase by fivefold
the amount of parking in our downtown core, the S.F. Planning
Department estimates that Prop. H would bring 20,000
additional cars to San Francisco every day.
• Prop. H
will give building owners the right to add private parking garages
regardless of whether existing or future bicycle routes are impaired,
sidewalk conditions are degraded, Muni stops are
moved, or landmark
street trees are cut down.
Along with working to defeat Prop. H, the SFBC is also urging members
to vote in support
of Proposition A,
the Muni Reform measure - it will
improve the efficiency of our transit system, giving more options for
A Little Meat Does a Planet
It turns out the diet with the
smallest possible "foodprint" (for New York state) contains
a portion of meat and dairy.
scientist Christian Peters is the lead author on the study showing that
although a low-fat vegetarian diet has a much smaller footprint than a
typical New Yorker, a little meat can go a long way in reducing the
ecological footprint. By taking advantage of crop rotation and better
land management strategies, grazing animals actually decrease the
amount of land needed to obtain the same calories.
recommended 'dose' for a sustainable small foodprint is to eat
only about 2 oz cooked meat or eggs a day. A single serving of meat is
often estimated to be about 3 oz, or the size of a deck of cards.
(insert quick math calculation here) This, leaves you with eating about
2 servings of meat every 3 days. Certainly, this small amount will keep
our buddy the cow (highland cow pictured) in business, but not in
about it here.
Board Vote on Park Bond
This just in!
This afternoon the Board of Supervisors voted
unanimously to place the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks General
Obligation Bond on the February 2008 ballot. This is great news for the
City's natural lands and our citizens' connection to nature where they
live, since $5 Million dollars will go toward nature trail restoration
in Recreation and Park's natural areas. And the Port of San Francisco
committed to including nature restoration as part of their projects
along the waterfront.
EVERYBODY WHO HELPED ADVOCATE FOR THIS!
marked the day Liam O'Brien and Matt Zlatinuch snapped the attached
the city's 31st butterfly species.
California Sister, Adelpha
bredowii, with a "classic, paltry forewing
flap" glided past them and landed on an oak, allowing Matt to
this spectacular photo at the corner of Kobbe and Upton, in the
John Hafernik's sighting from this time last year of this species along
Lobos Creek. It
was a solid sighting because this butterfly is obligated to oak as a
host. Shapiro's new book says this fall brood "disperses beyond its
range into cities to push the extremes of its range."
"I think, however,
with this sighting's proximity to last year's, it's a breeding
population folks, and I think we have another magnificent species."
Coastal Cleanup Tally
In San Francisco's 21 coastal
sites, an astonishing 17,580
pounds of debris was collected in the form
pounds of trash, 2,440
pounds of tires, 10
pounds of "e-waste", 10 gallons of hazardous waste,
pounds of recycling.
70% of this haul was taken in on the eastern shore with 400 volunteers
(in just 3 hours)!
for Environmental Justice, the California
Coastal Commission and the Golden
Gate National Parks Conservancy
spearheaded the efforts in the Bay Area and did a great job! A special
thanks to all of the partners, captains and volunteers that worked
along the shorelines as well.
The Parks Conservancy posted
some info about how the west side of the event went here.
link to the state wide results.
is an article about the event that appeared in the SF Chronicle.
Ecological restoration of the
spectacular natural landscapes of the Presidio is a high priority for Nature
in the City. Public comment on the Tennessee Hollow Upper Watershed
closed on October 9th. We spoke with the Presidio Trust last week, and
they gave us a sketch of the next steps.
received something like 1500 comment letters, including
many from the environmental conservation community. They hope
to put together a public document of their responses to comments in
about one month. We hope we get some positive responses to our
concerns, which represent our request for the Trust to pursue the
maximum possible restoration of the Tennessee Hollow watershed. When we
get their responses, we will publish on our website and in our email
newsletter pending space, those comments that are relevant to
ecological restoration and conservation.
Weeds in the City
The San Francisco Weed Management Area
(SFWMA) is a consortium of public agencies and local non-governmental
organizations dedicated to cooperating to prevent the introduction,
establishment and spread of invasive weeds in the City and County of
San Francisco. The group pays particular attention to the threat and
impact of weeds on our precious natural areas.
Nature in the City led a successful effort with our WMA colleagues to
secure funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture
to restore habitat on Twin Peaks as well as to collect existing
information about weeds across our many land management jurisdictions.
The SFWMA will pursue the habitat restoration project with the
cooperation of the San Francisco Fire Department, on whose land on the
north slopes of Twin Peaks the weed work will occur. Please visit
to learn more about the Weed Management Area and the
problem of invasive weeds in San Francisco.
California Native Plant Society
Garden for the Environment
Nature in the City
Hollow Watershed Project