The Natural Areas Program
designates all 29.3 acres of Twin
Peaks park area as a natural area. This is unfortunate, as NAP admits
this area has a high volume of recreational use and contains a segment of the highly utilized “Bay Trail”.
The one factor that supports
some of Twin Peaks being designated as a natural area is the presence of the Federally listed
endangered Mission Blue Butterfly. The habitat for this butterfly is 5.9 acres. There are no other plant, bird or animal species in the Twin Peak park property that
are listed as endangered or threatened by the State or Federal government. However,
NAP intends to justify the entire acreage of Twin Peaks as being designated a natural area
by claiming they must protect a number of “sensitive” plant and bird species.
This designation of “sensitive” was made by a few local California Native Plant Society and Golden Gate
Audubon Society members. NAP plans to augment the “sensitive” plant
species, as well as reintroduce “sensitive” plant species so as to further justify their declaration of the entire
park area as a natural area.
Once again NAP is violating the
underlying premise for NAP. As stated by NAP Director Lisa Wayne, “preserve what is left of the original habitat and protect it from further degradation…enhance these little remnants
that are degraded”. The habitat of concern at Twin
Peaks is the 5.9 acres which provide habitat for the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly. NAP activities, by definition, should be restricted to that area.
Instead, NAP plans to do the following:
· Eliminate many of
the social trails commonly utilized by people and dogs.
· Visitors to the
park will be restricted to the trails NAP has designated, by fencing if NAP deems it necessary.
· 3 pine trees will
be removed. Additionally, destruction of non-native saplings and seedlings (these
are by common definition trees) in areas designated by NAP shall be in total. NAP
officials do not believe they need to be accountable to the public for the number of seedlings or saplings they remove. Please see Wayne’s World Item #4
for further explanation.
· Destruction of non-native
plants and shrubs at NAP discretion.
· Reduction in “predation
pressure”. This would refer to the killing of feral cats and any other
wildlife NAP deems unacceptable.
· Prohibit motorcycle
and mountain bike use and utilize barriers to block access at the entrances to the park if the restriction is not respected.
· Implement erosion
control as required.
· Dogs will be required
to be on-leash and on-trail only.
It would never make sense to create
a nature preserve in a high-use recreational area. The NAP proposal as written
intends to do just that at Twin Peaks and at many other SF park locations.