Posts Tagged ‘canopy’

One Problem, Just One, With SFGov: Planting Trees Without a Plan to Take Care of Them

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

(There is unrest in the (urban) forest / There is trouble with the trees)

Well, read the news and turn the pages – a good part of San Francisco’s “urban forest” is toppling over this AM because of rain. Not due to wind, just a little rain.

Did former Mayor Gavin Newsom run for CA Governor on the number of trees “he” planted in SF? Yes he did. Is that a good thing? No, it’s not.

Here, take a look at what’s going on down in Los Angeles County these days.

Could it be that local governments want to plant too many trees willy-nilly, the same way an alcoholic wants to drink too much?

A solution for that would be a conscious effort to stop planting trees. And also, getting rid of the policy of keeping trees in places where they don’t belong. This is a money issue, this is safety issue.

Oh, here are some facts:

- There is no urban forest. A forest, by definition, can’t be in an urban area. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

- San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “canopy.” Just look up – if you can see the sky or the fog, then there’s no canopy. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “cloud forest.” It can’t. We have trees and we have clouds but that’s not enough to have a cloud forest. Of course we have fog and a whole mess of trees from halfway around the world, you know, that don’t really belong here, but that’s not enough.

- Sutro Forest isn’t a “forest.” Do you want to call it a stand or a grove instead? That’d be nice. That’d be accurate too.

Anyway, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s ideas about spreading the cost of tree maintenance over a larger group of tax and fee payers have merit, IMO.

The Greenest Pickup Truck on Earth Day 2011 Must Have Been This Nissan – Meet FUF, the Friends of the Urban Forest

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Yet another addition to the urban “canopy” in San Francisco from the FUF:

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Reverse Pwnage: Turns Out That Some of Those Chinese Elm Trees in the Western Addition Got Executed Anyway

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

First it was all like this, then it was all like this (but that was a false alarm), then, just recently, it was all like this.

But then, T2, Judgement Day, Rise of the Tree Chipper Machines.

That was yesterday on McAllister. See?

The Chipperman Cometh:

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It was just like the end of that Fargo movie, except with trees.

At the end of the day, some of the 14 trees on death row were spared, some, like these, were not:

Maybe the unhealthy trees were destroyed and the healthy ones were left alone?

That’s one theory, anyway.

Courage.

A Day in the Life of McAllister: #3, Entire Block of Ulmus Parvifolia Trees Outlive Their Death Notices, Posted Back in 2010

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Remember last year, when these “13 or 14″ Ulmus parvifolia got death notices wrapped around their trunks?

Well, they’re still here in 2011, which is well past they date that they were supposed to be turned into woodchips. See?

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Now, I’m not a big fan of trees in the City personally, as they cause a lot of trouble and, occasionally, kill people. But Trees First, People Second is the Law of the Land, so once a tree goes in, it can never ever ever come out, regardless of the circumstances. Oh well.

Anyway, as far as the Chinese Elms of McAllister are concerned:

Ha ha!

It’s your move, City. Care to try again?

The Green Mile: Is This Judgment Day for 14 Large Chinese Elms of McAllister Street?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Don’t know if this is what the tree removal crew looks like but late last year all these trees were scheduled for destruction, so you don’t know what to expect.

Oh well.

As seen yesterday:

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Dead Trees Walking: 14 Large Chinese Elms Slated for Destruction in the Western Addition

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

This tenth of a mile of  Chinese Elms on the 1300 block of McAllister Street just got scheduled to walk the green mile next month.

Why? “Weak canopy vigor” ‘n stuff.

Check it: 

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All the deets:

The response from one resident? “Fuck that.” Actually, that phrase got repeated several times until this closing line: “I know an arborist.” Well, I guess if you want to fight a tree removal, that’s the first person you’d want to talk with.

But I think the Bureau of Urban Forestry already has its mind set on chopping these trees down by the end of summer and entmoots can take months to set up

Oh well.

There is unrest in the NoPA/ There is trouble with the trees…