Topic: Mt. Davidson deforestation, and rehabilitation
My wife spotted some note of the plans in the print version of the MPIC newsletter prompting me to look up the plans and long term goals. Then I spotted the on-line version of MPIC newsletter and it's opinion here on main page... The unfavorable opinion is not unique that removal of what might be perfectly healthy trees, among those not interested in the goal of the plan. The stated goal is "restoration" and "preservation" of NATURAL habitat. (what it looked like before man manipulated it.) I'm not a big plant guy, but why not go back to what it used to look like? Would you think differently if they planted palm trees there instead?
The facts, it had very few trees on it.... Take a peek of what it looked like before that silly cross was stuck up there... And the trees planted as a wind break to shelter it... (they do a great job of hiding it too....)
A picture FROM there...
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Twin peaks - This is where this next picture is taken from... Of mt. Davidson
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By the time of his death in 1898, Sutro had also become Mayor of San Francisco and the owner of one tenth of the city, approximately 12,000 acres (from Baker Beach and Lincoln Park to the shores of Lake Merced). At the urging of the naturalist poet, Joaquin Miller (one of the first to promote preservation of the Sierra Nevada forests), Sutro enlisted school children and the unemployed to plant eucalyptus, cypress, and pine trees on his land for Arbor Days, transforming the city’s barren mountaintops and creating the beautiful Sutro Forest that remains on Mt. Davidson today. (The east side of the park is without trees because it was owned by Leland Stanford).
The tree line in this photo I'm posting below represents the property line between the Sutro, and Stanford owned properties. Sutro's trees and the coveted Cross they hide. And Stanfords land untouched apart from the early developments here - notably the earthen dam for water distribution at the 200 block of Teresita.