The Natural Areas Plan proposes
to designate all 3.4 acres in this park as a “natural area”. The
rationale for this designation is not clear. There is no Federal or State listed
endangered or threatened animal, bird, butterfly or plant in this area. This
area has no important bird habitat and in fact, its habitat for nesting and cover is inadequate to sustain local bird populations.
There are five species of birds the local bird enthusiasts in the Golden Gate Audubon Society consider “sensitive”.
There is one species of plant the local native plant hobbyists consider “sensitive”, however it has not been found
here since 2001. To protect these “sensitive” birds and mythical
plant (all of whose proposed protection has no official scientific recognition), NAP proposes:
· 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.
· Closure of undetermined number of social
· Access to the public will be provided
on NAP designated trails only. Fencing will be installed if necessary to keep
the public and their pets on the trails.
· Reintroduction of “sensitive”
species of plants to justify the closures.
This NAP proposal for Billy
Goat Hill violates 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”.
NAP admits there is NO habitat here to protect. NAP states specifically there is a “potential” habitat
which they hope to create. Does this desire to create
habitat justify the destruction of wildlife, and plants, as well as the limitation of recreational access to the public?
has refused to disclose the cost to create this habitat. Are these funds that
could better be spent elsewhere in the park system? Will there be the manpower
and funds to maintain this new habitat? Will it be sustainable?