|Brisbane Box Tree
The Natural Areas Program is clearly out of step with not only the public
perception as to the value of trees, but also the value that Mayor Gavin Newsom puts upon trees in San Francisco. The
NAP plans to remove 20,000 trees (mostly eucalyptus) in San Francisco park properties. That count actually may be grossly
underestimated because NAP only considers trees 6" in diameter to be trees, seedlings and saplings they remove are not counted.
These trees are scheduled for removal only because they are non-native.
Why is NAP removing trees, and the Department of Public Works planting trees
of the same type? Because DPW is not conducting an ideological experiment in your parks. DPW is planting durable
trees that will thrive in the San Francisco urban environment. NAP is tearing out perfectly healthy trees that have
thrived in SF parks because they do not like them. Apparently, those who support NAP do not share the Mayor's reverence
for trees as living entities that make our lives better. Not only are trees aesthetically pleasing, they also perform
other extremely important functions, especially in our cities. Please click here to view a USA Today article on this subject.
Please visit our "Comments" section and let the Mayor know he needs to put a stop to NAP.