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will be improving the clean energy will remain the same every san francisco street light is powder by 100 percent godfathers hetch hetchy power in one simple word serious as day turns san francisco plan commission and reply receptionist commission joint hearing for thursday, i'd like to remind the members of the audience that the commission does not tolerate disruptions of any kind. proceedings. and when speaking before the commission, if you care to, do state your name for the record. i will note we'll be taking roll here shortly for the benefit of the public commissioners will be coming in and out of the chambers but viewing testimony in the executive chambers in the back the live telecast i'll take
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i'd like to call roll at this time. commissioner president fong commissioner vice president richards commissioner hillis commissioner johnson commissioner koppel commissioner melgar and commissioner moore now the rec and park department public school commissioner president buell/rec & park commissioner low commissioner anderson commissioner bonilla commissioner harrison and commissioner mcdonnell. >> for the benefit of the public an overflow room and for those persons viewing in the light court you'll having an tunnel unity to submit your public comment as we accept public testimony. >> commissioners you're special calendar i will note the joint commissioners will hold one public hearing for all items
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listed below the commissioner will look at the final you were for the name resources management plan and the rec and park department will consider adopting the ceqa plan and consider approving the plan item one a significant natural resource area management plan certification of the i went the public hearing on the draft eir closed the comment period ended june 2012 public comment will be received when the items are received you, however, comments may not be included in the final eir the natural resource plan. >> let me kind of make an
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announcement for the commissioners and appreciate you being here on a rainy day and appreciate our patience an - those two items are similar we'll dodger to have one public comment period this will not be the last opportunity for the equipment plan project and want to make sure that folks know those two commissioners often mediated together regularly for various items not usual so we'll offer public comment today and try to give everyone an opportunity to speak thank you. >> good morning, commissioners i'm the planning capital director for the rec and park department i wanted to start off
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by offering a few observations for the most part san francisco is rear monk american city's it offers the best in terms of urban access to wild spaces and when i say that note the typical day-trips point rays and the spectacular places but the equally beautiful spaces that are steps away from people's front door and people love the city for that balance for the blends urban amenity and natural land i want to remind folks at the core of the significant resource management plan is a desire to cherish and protect that balance above everything
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and even though core an effort to have the doesn't the to the zone i think building on a legacy that in the 70's that were stakeholders that organized to insure the city acquire the hilltops we take for granted to twin peaks and mountain davidson part of a strategy to really insure that those visas are available for future generations and the parks but that you go to assess those views i think one of the things we've learned in park building is actually acquisition is not enough we're trying to build now neighborhood parks and but we need so to a philosophy and approach how to conserve those spaces for the future and without that commitment to
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conservatism the deteriorating spaces like berry in a visit hills diminish over time those are the commitments at the core of that plan i've been working on this plan for 10 years and some folks for 20 and most of the conversations have been around the edges of plan those negotiable edges in the parks around how much secrets to one use or another or trees should be instantaneous down in a future year and i want to let the commissioners know that we expected those conversations will continue forever and welcome them that is that an important part of conversation how we plan our open space we include the public feedback and the rec and park
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department is engaged in this conversations for the future many opportunities for the communities and processes to continue it refine and negotiate how this plan a implemented at each park today, we're hoping to focus on the core the guiding philosophies and guiding directives we hope will shall happen our efforts and continue the public assess to the unique resource for the years to come with that, i'm going to turn it over to stacey and others to talk about the details of the plan itself. >> good afternoon, commissioners if i can have the slides. >> my name is lisa one-way i serve as the natural resource for the rec and park department my intent today is in the next 10 minutes or less to explain
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why 2, 3, 4 plan is important and the recommendations are that's a little bit like discity hall down to tweet but i'll do my best to get it all in as dawn said san franciscans are fortunate to the open spaces and week appreciate them everyday what makes those places unique and distinction in the backyard and our landscaped parks the one and 40 species and of plants and mammals many rely on the areas the bilingual diversity in the lands are not only distinguished in local policies but international conservatism efforts like the man in the bio sphere program can i get the slides please thank you. >> the project or the natural
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resources plan the 20-year plan that lays out measures for the rec and park department to enhance the open spaces and create conditions in which those organisms can thrive with the promotion of bilingual diversity and sustainable landscapers and promote soil and allow conservatism and quality that positions our parklands to be adopted to climatic change and advocates for environmental justices persevering those lands for the san franciscans is explore and learn in our local natural areas about the natural world that value can't be under stayed we as san franciscans and youth community-based to the parks and experience those places without going to marin
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county or yosemite it covers thirty areas in san francisco one in san mateo and one acres and recommended thirty miles of trails to be maintained and construction the development of time plan and eir have been 20 years in the making go over the course many opportunities four community input and comments to be incorporated into the document there have been 3 drafts of the plan vicinity in peer review a certification of the eir and the plan is certainly a milestone in many ways it is just the beginning because public input and comment will continue in the plan implementation the natural areas considering the plan were surveyed to a great level of detail and
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divided based on their habitat this helps our department prioritize the efforts and helps us plan for recreational uses the natural areas are masterful to 3 one are the ones that contain at the greatest amount at risk of disintention and two conservatism elements and that have fewer sensitive spices to maintain our landscapes and provide for recreation so for example, our urban forestry. >> so let's look at a few of open spaces and the measures recommends in them starting with the iconic twin peaks in addition to being a western soma division this is a butterfly bright blue butterfly that
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exists in marin the headlands and northern san mateo in his own in the world and continuance of the existence depends on the presence of local plants and fruits that are found at twin peaks so that that survival and repronunciation are linked to a few plants in the twin peaks so co-richmond the control of invasive weeds like sour grass that compete and upon which the butterfly depends on the weeds and species are primarily controlled by hand by volunteers, rec and park department staff, and through mechanical means ♪
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specific cases for example, without the protection of the butterfly a manual or mechanical alternative to control the weeds didn't exist in this case the spot treatment of herbicides are to control the solids 40 for the habitat the rec and park department abides by the department and the environment i p m program and restrictions we're proud of the fact we've reduced the usage of our herbicides by the over 95 percent in the last 5 years >> another property that contains endangered species not hard park in san mateo couldn't at sharp park the plans make recovery of the state and the frog and the garden snake a
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habitat between the wedding o wetlands on the left hand of the photo creating and recreating the habitat for the breeding of the frogs and the habitat for basking and several snake species on mclaren park up to 8 trails sensitive plants and mammal protection as well as a recognition to convert 8 afshgz off lash to protect a creek area that means that 50 acre off lease area will continue under the mclaren park plans adds bernal heights little soil loss and erosion that happens along the cliff around the hill which you can see a little bit on the photo on the left-hand side the vertical clips to
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reduce the loss of parklands off leash dog uses and the park containing the e vocation slopes will be converted to an lease recreation much of the areas in the photo are inassessable an unwarranted save for humans and their champion pets if the plan is implemented dogs will be welcome on lease the rec and park continues to have dog areas in an effort to serve the recreational needs system wide and 76 areas off lease areas will remain under the plan and
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the enhancement of urban forest that 39 of trees where native eco system and bio you diversity exist and needs protecting there is approximately 4 percent reduction in the trees removal over a a 40 year periods in the acres of mountain davidson healthy tree managements and the preference of the urban forest for future generations independent arborists say that 80 percent of trees at mountain davis are in poor condition system wide that protects acres of trees and it preserves 1995 percent of trees in the urban forest and recommends a one by
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one every tree removed one tree is plant in its place a rendering of a view along the trail of mountain davidson park on the top imagine as you can see there is failing trees there is unhealthy tree and ivory growing up the trees the image below is from the same vague point under the 39 scenario proposed in the plan. >> as you can see still green new trees that planted and a more healthy environment in glen canyon the maintenance and protection of trails including the peaks trail if you have not hiked it i recommend that and the protection and enhancement
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of the one of the last flowing he creeks in san francisco as a way to illustrate what the small-scale recreation i have a series of images the beginning one showing eucalyptus trees with under story the removal of those trees the replanting one year after restoration and 5 years after restoration a thriving and diverse he creek system supporting many, many species of wildlife of plant i want to thank you for your attention that concludes my presentation. and i'm available for questions thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners i'm melinda in the environmental planning division of the planning department staff
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and joined by lisa a jessica senior environmental planner the item before you the police station is the certification of the final environmental impact report or eir the proposed natural resource management plan a draft of the eir certification emotion is before the planning commission the draft eir was published on august 31st, 2011, the public hearing on the draft eir was held often october 6, 2011, the public comment period closed on october 31st, 2011, on april 27, 2012, the planning department opened a second puck review period ended in 2012 and the comments documents was published and distributed on november 16, 2016, the eir analyze the plan at a level with the exception of route maintenance and the sharp park that is analyzed at a
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project specific level once the problematic promotions are proposed additional environmental review will be reviewed by the ceqa the eir found the implementation of the plan will result in the following significant inevitable impacts that can't be mitigated below a significant level one a significant project impact on sharp park a resource under ceqa due to the administration of golf holes for recreation activities two an impact and bio lodges resources into the dog areas due to the increased use for the reduction of dog play areas when i the project and potentially by the natural park services dog management plan within the golden gate area and
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3 a significant projects specific and cumulative impact on air quality from the sharp park restoration and problematic activities of similar magnitude following publication of a response to documents for the natural management plan the rec and park department proposed administrations to the project description with respect to proposed action at the sharp park natural area with the intent of the preferred use of soils supposed the habitat restoration purposes and identifying the other disposal sites for the access as equal disposal actions the revisions removes the reference to raise the golf course holes and clarify the re. >> locations the environmental planning division has analyzed
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the proposed provisions and determined that the proposed administrations to the project description will not result in new significant environmental impacts or significantly increase the severity felt impact identity not draft eir and no new mitigation measures are necessary and further those to the project description and revisions have shown in the eradicate didn't change the conclusions in the draft eir and don't constitute new information that requires the regulation of the draft eir under ceqa commissioners have before them the errata memo that prevents the revisions to the document and we have for the public next to the table the memo in the public information binder and found on the planning department website the staff initiated the text changes that will be added
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to chapter 5 point b staff initiated changes and incorporated into the financial eir on page one of the errata memo the marks are noted with several underlines. >> the planning department and commission has reviewed over 5 hundred e-mails and letters following the comments document many comments focused on the merit of the plan that is questions and actions proposed under the plan are expressed support or opposition for the proposed plan or elements of plan comments on the merit of plan unrelated to the analysis are considered independent of the position to certify the eir the rec and park department may take the comments take into account during the plan approval none of the comments present new
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information that merits changes to the eir or merits the conclusion and therefore recirculation of ceqa is not required staff recommends the commission adopt the motion that certifies that the report is adequate and accurate and the procedures for the final eir comply that the provisions of ceqa the sycamore guidelines and chapter one of the administrative code that concludes my presentation. unless the commission has questions. >> opening up for public comment and calling folks if i want to line up by the television that works out best and try to keep the doors clear and free
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(calling names). >> if your name has been called feel free to approach the podium. >> hi linda resident of the picturing lemon park for thirty years and a lover of mountain davidson i know that is disappointing there is not enough room here large enough room given so that everyone involved if this really big and important issue can speak i want to tell you i hope that the planning commission will not accept or not certificate the urine it is flawed often many issued i can name a few i have
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one minute. >> 3. >> two minutes. >> okay i think a lot has changed in climatic change it's been radically coming to us the cutting of trees it sequesterer a lot of carbon and will accelerate climatic change so i believe the carbon sequestration are outdated and inaccurate the eir use the wrong bio diversity and this is granted not native but non-invasive two 39 will harm the trees i think lisa said the planting is one to one i was at the urban forestry counsel meeting they adapted a 3 to one replanting
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excuse me. the eir is inadequate in mrekt herbicides use that bothers me and i think it should bother all of you i don't support the city's natural area native plant it is not good does that mean we all have to leave not native to use i want to them to stop using herbicides and latino-american trails and sfoerpt in the eir is certificateed i hope you'll approve the maintenance alternative we want to say unfortunately my neighbor couldn't be here a young woman had to work i'm wondering how
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many city employees from rec and park are here on the payroll. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> >> if you folks want to slide the line up that will make that - >> thank you. >> i'm richard hastings been before many of you before with the golf alliance sharp park is a treasure of international we've set out in many letters in a letter summarized it in a letter i delivered hard copies to you if requires balance here between
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very significant property and we the golfers are genuinely artery able and the native species golf is a nature we want to respect and get along with nature i ask you to look through the letter that i sent which summarizes the last 5 or 6 years of these public hearings of trips to court of trips to the agencies that u.s. wildlife and the coastal commission they've heard the arguments to close the golf course they've heard our
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arguments to keep the golf course in balance yeah. let's strike balance that is historic an important recreation no cost that's under the coastal act that is significance value it significant value under the ceqa as well because this is architectural history. >> i have only heard and i've not had a chance to look at the errata which speaks to something i will look through that and reserve the next 20 seconds i have in this case, i have a
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problem with that or ask that to be reserved with that, thank you over the years for your support and encourage you to continue to do that. >> okay. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is phillip a 27 resident of the city i'm here today as a member of nature in the city to urge your actions before you today san francisco and bayview are iconic natural beauty a mistake to resist those are great places for scores of plant and mammal species and provides safe and healthy recreation important to san francisco natural areas can't be over stated those foster the community throb service and public gathering and provided assess to the quiet and calm of nature throughout the
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city to all residents including those who lack access to the state and natural parks and enhance the value of our homes and schools and neighborhood the provide habitat to san francisco they connect people to wild nature in the city they provide a learning labor that inspires this and future generations towards wise stewardship this over the course in a critical time as the bio diversity is lost before your eyes ultimately everyone's health and well-being are - a quality of life is measured by the health environment and the access to it of natural open spaces. >> so i urge you to approve the plan and certificate the final eir thank you.
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>> next speaker >> hello and good afternoon. i'm amber the executive director of nature in the city i'm here today to speak on behalf of the members and we want to support the natural areas and the certification of the final eir we support the plan that represents our shared goals to protect and restore healthy open spaces and provide stewardship on our public land we work in partnership with rec and park and city agencies to create habitat corridors for the green butterfly and other wildlife we've demonstrated that once habitats are restortsz to provide for species like the
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butterflies populations can thrive without those special natural places the most sensitive species can't thiefl we look forward to working with the rec and park department for years to come with the approval of that important plan thank you very much. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is marcus what 12ruk me about san francisco and look at it new york and other cities you can walk into our backyard and experience nature and twin peaks to the golden gate bridge golden gate park i'm here in support of approval of the eir and the natural masters plan i want to say i can't thank you enough for persevering those areas for myself and my children i think
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those 32 special places are special places to protected and restored in the right way allow the hundreds of species in the city to adopt to a climate and provided my kids with habitat and places to explore in the future any kid's go to a school in the midst of natural areas within the city along the green hair street corridor that supports hawk hill and other parts of park of golden gate park so wows without those native plants the butterfly couldn't survive not only they support this bio diversity habitats but living labors for the schools for the schools in the areas alice and the middle school and the restoration on the corridor we care about the special places as a stronghold
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for nature species we need to protect and any restore this and consider ways to make the natural areas more assessable to the aide so thank you and thank you for your time. >> good afternoon commissioners i'm christopher's campbell a resident of mountain davidson and a member of local 261 and in support of the natural resource management plan san francisco has an amazing environmental history a few cities are fortunate enough to harbor the handbag at that time for the urban environment the
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plan guides the city to conservative the bio diversity and our natural areas are the greatest treasures in our city including the creek that runs through glen canyon the mountain davidson the diverse grassland at for the butterfly and the oak lands the plan also addresses climatic change and promotes urban forest enhancement and the rec and park staff applies dog patch techniques helps to lead to the reduction of herbicides by 91 percent since 2010 and without those special places mammals including rear and sdaurgsz species cannot in spite
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of we experience nature here and new thank you for the opportunity to speak and urge you to approve the plan and certificate the eir. >> commissioners hi and arresting it is your representing the sierra club if you notice the card i submitted and checked off both endorse and this is difficult for me he was part of the negotiating team 15 years ago under the previous director brought people it together with the street tiers he was part of six or eight person negotiation to get a natural program so i'm attached to this and urge you to adopt the eir only
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if you remove the golf course project added sharp park you'll noted that the natural areas is a problematic eir but completely inappropriately has been entering rejected component dealing with the golf course the environmental grouping equality have signed on previously comments and i'm not speaking for them at all but submitted comments indicating some of the berries science available that the project at sharp park has effects on the species one of them the guarder snakes with the wildlife personnel having informed us the species to be extinct and sharp park is one
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habitat that is important we believe the golf course we've submitted evidence if this is a the case and yet suddenly here it is in nature areas the golf course is not natural didn't belong in this eir to begin with and we urge you past the natural areas final make a finding the project eir needs to come out and be discussed separately especially with engargsz species you'll have done the right thing our natural areas program is essential and don't pass something that is not natural under the guys of the eir for natural areas and yelling yet
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here one for golf course i'm sorry, i have no opinion about golf course good or bad so, anyway yes, no up do you make the right choice thank you very much. >> shall i go. >> let me add a couple of names i'll subpoenaing people's names to get in line (calling names).
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>> okay hi, my name is charlotte and here to ask you to approve the eir and the natural project programs my - we took kids both natural areas to learn about local ecology and many of the students those are their nature and the exit we're able to find is phenomenal to be able to take a bunch of kids to wed lands and grass lines and a forest it phenomenal in the natural areas program has been the amazing resource for my students i urge you to keep the program going and pass the eir and the plan thank you. >> thank you. >> hi my name is brigitte i'll nobody but a citizen what i wanted to share with you you know i'm an artist to pictures
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are worth a thousand word my biggest concern i'm not saying right or wrong but what is happening in reality what happened to glen park i want to give credit to those people that helped that but a hillside they took down the eucalyptus and seeing that at mountain davidson i have pictures when is it is looking like this was happened what you removal a hillside now it looks like this to me that is it is a success story the trees are not managed their failing do you think that's one
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tree here's another tree lots of trees this is what the grasslands look like or the grass with garbage over that it is a mess not taken care of and not cut and cared for this is the beautiful hillside where the trees were and here's you can't what show have been helping the trees in my opinion pros and cons i want to see it look better than that that's my park that's not working so thank you for letting me voice my opinion and concerned about where the mammals will stay if you cut down the trees where will those guys go thank you for letting me speak.
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>> thank you next. >> exhibit a i'm very excited to see so many people i'm the director of an organization called tree for frogs and with the academy and working with agencies involved in mammals and children i'm here today to support the adaptation of the eir for 3 main reasons reason number one safety, we have a very large and diseased and in need of help tree populations here in san francisco we didn't have trees in many of the areas until sutter adapted the autobond from 1906 from any golden gate park where we served kids 20 kids in and out of school and simple it
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is dangerous we'll have a tree fail during camp it sounds like gunshots going off and the teachers kept the kids from harm we have tree limbs break safety is the first thing we need to restore the habitat for creating an educational living library there is strength in diversity we need food and water and shelter and have hmo gins efforts today, i bring agency exhibit a a native of san francisco born and raised in the hate and off lease in golden gate park this is an mammal that thrives in our neighborhood if there is suitable habitat that
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to say freshwater and diverse slushy in san francisco a legacy of positive educational compassionate human outreach for future generations let me ask us in my own voice what will our children say when necessary ask why didn't you do something when you had the opportunity. >> please do please do. >> why didn't you do something is not what i want to sit in my throat we have an opportunity to work with the groups to save the forests and gardeners and time is efficient manner herbicides are used by experts that know what to do and time is what we
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need and patience we're talking about a future for our children for many years to come thank you. >> thank you next. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is bryan i'm the district director for jackie spier and she ask i read into the record and circulate to the members dear commissioners i've encouraged the management of sharp park nooinz the negotiation is knowing the issues surrounding the park the golf course involve the city, state, and local allows alleyways it is adjacent to pacifica with the golden gate recreational areas the plan for sharp park that enhances the red-legged frog and realigning
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the golf course i hope the rec and park commission will adopt the natural resources plan and the planning commission will certificate the environmental impact report both steps reduce the ambiguity the habitat for this species that will approve the arcs of we had land and uplands will be created and encroaching specifications and sediment will be exhausted we continue the negotiation with - rec and park staff does enormous work and want to play on the modified course a configuration explained in the natural resources plan i urge both commissioners with the air applicable commissions to give
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this live all the best jackie spier thank you for your time. >> thank you next. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is michael i'm at chief of park development for the presidio trust and representing the trust in offering our support for if the passage of this plan all of you that know the presidio a complex mosaic of a landmark a 3 hundred acre historic forest and array of natural areas we've worked over the last decades to make sure we strike the right balances to not only keep the presidio that a place the community enjoys a place that honors it's past but a place that is focused on wrestling that the challenges we all face in terms of climate change and bio diversity loss
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and in terms of the growing population in our community and the needs they have for access to the outdoors we've reviewed the plan our feeling this plan strikes a fine balances between the values it includes a number of activities that we've actually used to preserve the like that. >> and i think moan that visits the park it is a great place full of experiences for the public full the forest and an increasing rich of selection of natural systems for those reasons and many of the reasons i've outlined in the letter i submitted i urge you to approve this plan we look forward to continuing our ongoing collaboration with the rec and park department protecting the guest of this park thank you >> thank you. >> next. >> good afternoon,
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commissioners my name is greg i live on mountain davidson lived in san francisco lived here my whole life i volunteer along with thousand of san franciscans in the presidio and the rec and park natural areas i'm hopeful that the planning commission will certificate the eir and i'm hopeful with the rec and park commission will adopt the management plan the most beneficial action our species can take to heal mother earth habitat restoration native plant communities are the foundation of all the earth eco systems and has survived for thousands and thousands of years but now partially because of globaltion plant are brought from all over the world not nature enemies and become
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invasive exotic species that destroy eco systems in a short period of time that's management it crucial to preserve those remnants of our natural heritage restoration is happening worldwide and san francisco needs to take a leadership role in preservation of life on our planet after all this is the only place in the universe we know of what life exists thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners ami curtis from san francisco public health department a pediatrician and medical director i had the great prestige of working with the planning commission and the rec and park departments monthly
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mostly because we appreciate you as commissioners because you really determine the disparities of health and the social determinate of height our urban environment our natural environment and recreational environment are the determinates of he'll we plan this plan that leads to sustainability and equality our staff has had the promise of working with rec and park department in the last several years on equality issues that is representative in the bonds you've passed the new policies your focused on equality and insuring that there's nature for all children and families we do realize this is a particular issue here in san francisco where neighborhoods are encroached by rapid development and many neighborhoods and bashgsdz don't
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have nature in their little area that particularly makes a plan to support the areas much more important and both of us in government realize the importance of student delegate report requires a plan in addition to the student delegate report and equality issues i'd like to applaud the process to have an opportunity to review the seven hundred plus pages of the responses in november and i applaud the process as well as the difficult task you have in the process that lays in front of you have the particular groups that very specific concerns for all concerns we support people who golf we support the health the people that walk dogs and we trust the city process of rec and park process and the planning commission process will include
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the voices in the future so thank you for creating this first ever plan and leading to strnt to protect the health of generations for many, many years thank you. >> thank you come up i'll call 2345i78z before you begin if you don't mindnames before you begin if you don't mind (calling names). >> go ahead. >> thank you i just first wanted to say in trying political and global times how grateful to have a formality to be able to support like bio diversity that can be swept under the rug i'm a
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consulting ecology and run the habitat potential and run a nursery we have a contract i do this kind of work professionally in san francisco and around the bay area i write plans and study this stuff i'm one of the leading wildlife ecology people in the san francisco bay area i want to mention right off the bat that i support the eir and support the message without the message used by the natural areas program that are controversial it needs to be done a necessary challenge and this is really part of maintaining the balance so i wanted to remind people, of course, we're all the commissioners we're, of course, in a global guest program that's
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identified by world leading ecologists the san francisco province we're located and san francisco has one of the top 10 bio diversity hot spots in the world so we can't choose to put those plant in another place that is why it so important to claim every last people of hillside and things we have lost species like the blue butterfly extinction and want to bring up a quote about a quote in the future soeshltsd we'll be genocide on what we decided to preserve and not destroy i'm reminded every single one of you all that is your legacy and this is not just a legacy about making doing something
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nice this is a legacy about keeping those species that are truly going to be lost if you don't make the choice to approve this now i wound want to say this kind of writer on the bill at sharp park is not good we have to scale back that stuff and at sharp park there's scaling another city that deals like san francisco the leading way of the future and should support the bio diversity and the natural areas program to help to lead the way for the rest of the world an unwarranted areas around the world thank you for your time. >> next. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is mike
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i'm a 33 year resident of san francisco and enthusiastically but bad golfer and a patron of the san francisco municipal courses i'm here to urge the commissioners to approve the final eir and the rec and park natural areas program that includes the rec and park balanced plan to save the 18 hole sharp golf course and manage the frog and snake habitat in the wetlands i alcohol followed this story and spoke in front of the commissions and the board of supervisors over the last 9 or 10 years and when the plans were first being surfaced and this controversy is framed as far as it relates to sharp park framed
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and inveenvironmentalist - in san francisco rec and park some of the people behind me i've seen i'm out on the golf course i've seen them out there in the wetlands you know the monitoring the frog and being careful and world reconvene experts that have been hired by rec and park working with rec and park including karen and professor march our world reconvene sperlts on sharp park and the red-legged front to back frog through a whole host of
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commissions court dates whatever we've seen rec and park and the prozac and public works and the u.s. fish and license and the california water board and coastal commission and the san francisco and san mateo county supreme court and the district court for the district of california and the 9 circulating of appeals have valeted the report and study that showed that the frog and snake have doing well, in the stewardship of the rec and park so i urge the commission don't be distracted by self-serving claims of those who want to separate sharp park reject those arguments approve the final eir and the natural plan let's get something down let's move forward thank you.
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>> thank you next. >> my name is connie a san francisco native and here i have a lot of concerns about this program my first concern one of many is theville they talk about 2 being environmental we're decreasing our trees. >> decreasing the co2 and concerned about the impact of the soil stability and wind patterns in the city and this is the reason those trees were planted in the first place they didn't do it for no good reason i'm concerned about the mammals and plant that exist there now you talk about butterflies and
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smangz but there're raccoons and other mammals they're doing just fine they've adapted to the current environment also budgetary i concerns not just environmental and now going forward the price tag and san francisco is an urban environment and enjoyed by people and dogs and concerned about the access for off leash dogs and if in not considered plagueism this supports my opinion there's this is their words actually very little that is natural about n ap natural areas to kill non-native trees and plants and prevent them from resprouting and - rating of
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most hazardous and apparently there was an maintenance each time alternative in the eir with the management plan the maintenance alternative was being environmentally aspire i'm not sure where that fits in i think they allowed them to maintain the areas that are converted to habitat but impacted their ability to are destroy non-native habitat it is about revolution they tried to force the areas to be frozen at one - the rec and park should implement the alternative not the management plan thank you, everybody. >> thank you next. >> you good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak
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my name is terry i'm recently retired federal employee from the two agencies that have federal lands in san francisco t g r a i worked and the presidio trust an additional 15 years i want to see 3 things to accept the eir and approve the plan today, the first reason is everyone loves a tree and as i do and it is different when you're looking at the natural nature that 1ru68d in san francisco with the years of revolution are the dragon flies and the hawks and coyotes in the forest this underlying businessesing is sorntd with the eco systems involved and the second reason the human
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dimension we have and that is because if you evolution of nature involved in a dictate balance if you lose one plant it is a host for a butterfly you lose the butterfly here we teach the youth about the complication of ecology and teach it in your backyard and climate change show the kids as things evolve that brings to the third element which is beyond our boundary having worked for the federal agencies i'm aware of the key connections that the san francisco parks have with those federal parks and together you guys can make a real difference in the world the cities felt world will make our approach for natural resources in the future
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as people get into the cities and population groegz e grows on the artery a lot of people live in the cities these cities will determine what happens and the local ecology of san francisco is so rich as others have eloquently stated been identified as rich from the analyzed and international we can be the leaders into the future as john said the first rule of intelligent trickling to save all the cars and the cleelz and keep the pieces of the engines and work on the ecology and this is a great plan 2 should be applauded by you and applauded in other areas thank you very much. >> thank you next please. >> thank you very much my name is robert doyle i'm the
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general manager did east bay park and come from the opposite shore well, welcome and nevertheless, the east bay parks and the city and county of san francisco are two of the most systems we have in california if not the entire united states their truly marvel benefits to the urban populations we serve happy for i building a letter supporting in plan and eir i want to make a few additional comments i'm not going to take the time to read into the record you have it before i'm a 40 year veteran of park management both in rec and park and natural resource management i've lived in the east bay but my children came to san francisco parks and enjoyed the system in marvel system of urban parks for many years and asset to the residents and the entire i bay area and
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state we have one and 20 thousand acres in the english and 25 million users a year this is a wonderful benefit and a big challenge managing the people so as stewardess of land we have to think about the future will be and so many today in other parts of country you still hear the debate of climatic change in the east bay this is here we have drier hillside and more fires we have erosion on the shoreline and bigger storms and levies damaged we have 55 millions miles of east bay shoreline under our leadership and the challenge to manage those with a changing climate and rising sea level we have to golf course that's a concern
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eave be able to manage two popular government courses by stream restoration and increasing bird diversity and increasing wetlands and red-legged frog habitat in those areas it is possible using dog patch management techniques you can provide the appreciated recreation and also enhanced habitat for endangered species you're lucky we have hundred ensdushgsz species and the urban forest were planted by the u pa as a job program there are 80-year-old we will have montgomery pine and eucalyptus but have annually huge limbs dropping out of cars and
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ensdairgz people and finally if i may you need a plan i support that has the support of staff the support of commission and publ public adaptive and i support you you've done that thank you. >> thank you very much. >> next speaker, please. >> i'm a 7 generation san franciscan i know big deal; right? maybe i'm representing my family who have lived one block if mountain davidson since 1959 and in a day and age city can't afford to play san franciscans pensions this is irresponsible to waste taxpayers money i understand the removal of dead trees is important but not harmful toxics
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sprayed we have two neighborhoods on our blocks with pets that love using mountain david son for their friends and families we don't want peshdz to harm the pets and vegetation and the mammal life existing at the park ultimately as a environmentally conscious city i struggled why we want to enforce many that will release tons of carbons into the air additionally removing trees destroyed had been at that time for wildlife and eliminate our windbreak topping of mountain davidson thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> my name is julie i'm a
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resident glenn park i was born and raised in the east bay and my dad and gather were born here in san francisco as well i would like to point out that i have first hand experience of what tree removal do to a neighborhood since the renovation of glen park and our house is in a constant state have been fixed dust when you remove the trees you get immediately a much dustier involvement that's why the trees were planted to be a windbreak and control dust with regards to the natural areas program it seems nun of the grarnd projects can survive without repeated and constant use of herbicides to
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keep the non-restricted native plant from spoiling their projects and i believe one case winding through the court of a woman that is susie the city because of the cancer fined on her dogs face in the park that was separate with herbicides on a regular basis there are toxic and unwelcomed effects if both removing trees and also from the natural areas policeman building no more than then taxpayers a gardening project thank you for your time and i'm done. >> thank you very much before the next speaker comes up i want to note the next speech on my card a vince courtney representing local 261 you have a lot of members i have a few
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people speaking before you if you could have all your members perhaps safety time rather than having thirty or 40 individuals saying the same thing let's keep the speakers coming. >> next speaker, please. >> hello i'm sorry patrick executive director of literallyy for environmental justice and i came out today to support the nature resource plan i've had the opportunity to work with thousand of youth giving them an opportunity to interact with the nature environment which is something that is precious for urban community and something that is often not available to urban community
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i can say through my experience bringing urban used to place by the presidio and east bay regional parks where they have sound nature resource management practices balanced with positive recreation policies it is just a better experience i think that the city is doing a disservice to people who want to be able to use parks and want to feel like they belong to the nature environment and not separate the way that the natural area program has pan handcuffed and unable to move forward with the implementation of that plan for in many years is a huge disservice to our future generations and our parks particularly for people i think
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that sound management practices can code that with dogs and bikers and joggers any kind of outdoor recreation experience and preserve the bio diversity i think there is a huge imbalance and misrepresentation of the severity of tree remove removal and the severity of toxics with some of the control methods used in natural areas their sound practices i work in ancillary justice community that has 365 toxics sites not a single resident of the bayview people are more concerned with the hunters .5 and the power plants and freeways the map of the development that is happened in san francisco and not garland thank you.
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>> thank you next please. >> good afternoon commissioner my name is mary i'm a resident of san francisco a past employee of the rec and park department and pc employee i'm here to ask to you adopt the management plan san francisco has been a nationwide leader in 0 many viral issues like reducing green house gas emissions and climatic change compost and recycling and get rid of of plastic bags and energy efficient on the topic of bio diversity so many more we can do our moment and your moment to be champions of diversity for the last two decades practical two decades there have been so many conversation about this plan and
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during that time the effort of bio diversity is sidelines and compromises made to satisfy the human interests with one and 40 species that make the natural areas their home? the moment take objection action to protect them what is described in the plan the bear minimum that can be done for those species i've heard a lot of conversation about the comments of the plan and the criticisms i have to say in my opinion so much is high blood pressure verbal we hear about clear cutting when is show 95ers of the trees will be
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untouched as a result of the implementation of plan have this is something like over 20 years 14 percent of the trees maybe removed that's a maximum results in less than one percent of trees all the trees will be removed between patched within the views to mountain davidson will be unchanged they'll be replaced at a one to one ratio so i want to in summary encourage you to preserve the bio diversity in san francisco to do right by the plants and mammals that have historically made san francisco their home and also know that by championing you'll be safety the
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recreational diversity thank you. >> thank you next please. >> my name is william murphy i would say my 65 years in san francisco i am here as the volunteer coordinator for the hash hours caters we're a running club and use the parks a lot in the last 4 years we've done over one hundred hours of volunteer service in the parks almost all of them with the natural areas program people and i'm here to urge you to approve the eir and to approve the plan and the major reason i don't have the scientific reasons not talking about science i want to talk about the people in the 4 years we've worked with a number
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of different people they are the most educated most experienced and month dedicated people that i've i've have i 5 of my brothers and sisters have been city servant he can only speak well of those people a lot of the questions people raised for you about problems with the plan those people will not let those kind of things happen they're not here to clear-cut things and things like that their dictated to species the areas they have and just a little example of the dictation their was a volunteer birthday last saturday at the mclaren
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park i had maybe 5 of my club members were going to come and do that it was wetter than today, i called it off and said don't show up well the 3 san francisco rec and park personnel went out and planted and weighed in the rain that day so i want to urge you to approve the plan thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> i'm terrified of public speaking i was born and raised in bernal heights park had trees in bernal heights as a teenager my girlfriend's mother was the head larger than of the arre - my w
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and i bought a home in the park 25 years there is something mag magical about the trees i don't want to see those trees go i'm hearing a lot of them will be cut down i do want it to see that like twin peaks and bernal heights grass he is yes. i like the trees that's all thank you, thank you vince you want to come up and ask your members to stand or join you at the podium and give you the opportunity to reduce the meeting by one hours testimony. >> thank you, commissioner i want to make sure that the people outside sit in the seats i appreciate you give us 24 prestige to stand together and deliver a quick message for
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everybody in the room everybody up here. >> so don't let the orange shirts fool you not has nothing to do with with traditionally why we'll come before i this is a circumstance where the professionals your staff staff that reports to phil organize their union the reason they did that they have a message to move forward with the parks plan i get called in from time to time by union and the work they do is highly technical for those of you who don't know i want to uc santa cruz the horticulture department i stated uaw that was where the work ways (laughter) it is a pleasure to be here we have apprenticeships and
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horticulturist they don't joke about it, it is a serious business i think that the citizens should note that they keep us all honest and the commissioners honest and the elected officials honest and the management and the union hobbit that's why it is important to deliver the message but making sure you know that staff is in support of in program that even though you see orange shirt i'm hoping you see master's degrees and people that have given their lives to this system and their entire lives to the people they serve and on the option side of this issue respectfully i heard the sierra club a number of people we want to be really, really respect it is good for all of us when the workers are heard that's all we want to do to make sure that everybody despite where they work had a chance to hear from commission
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go we've chained the staff and raised the professional bar and state certificateed people take up notch in the system that park deserves to have topnotch professional stewards thank you for giving up the seats that is 22 people that saves us an hour and a half thank you for that let me call more names. (calling names). hang on so
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(calling names). >> let's stop there i can't read the next one. >> my name is drake i was a staff garden and supervisor in rec and park for 3 two years and since are retirement i've lived california native plant society volunteers with the natural program every wednesday for the last 26 years the program has not been existence that long but out there before the program began i know the department programs and this is i think the best run program in the city it has very good direction and the garden are keenly may find to preserve the natural heritage an important part of program 32 wild scattered areas staff must know 200 different kinds of
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native plant and do so non-native ate capable of destroying the heritage in addition they care for native mammals and be sensitive to their needs this is behind the garden duties and we are fortunate to have staff that on their own have taken the trouble to learn them and to how to manage them i was rays on a ranch and my whole life been in indication with nature i can imagine without that contact it is to me nightmarish that means we must preserve the bio diversity we have here once that is gone it can't be
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restored thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> let me call a few more names while the speakers are coming up i know that some people are downstairs. >> (calling names). >> go ahead. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is buffy francisco and i'm here as a learn eir i was informed by a friend there was plans to dematteo the trees on mountain davidson and she was concerned i did a bit of research not a whole lot but here i've learned a grateful this afternoon i'll
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advocate for that you educate a little bit more clearly he live near golden gate park and in the park everyday particularly i've seen a red fox and ccii yots and red tail hawks and know some of the garden in golden gate park they do is fabulous yerba buena the best gym in the city not good for activities for everyone but great views we hope my children and grandchildren children gets to enjoy the amenities in my granddaughters went to school near glen park? as much as what i've heard in the lines standing outside and here a major divide that partially that is due to the
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fact that note everyone has access to the facts and think 18 thousand trees are scot in mountain davidson some education need to be done here today thaiflz. >> good afternoon. i'm affordable housing you can't have work for the trusted for public land i'll read a letter from our senior vice president and director the city park development commissioners the trust for public land in in for the of sixth management plan this important document owls how we can manage the unified and support the bio diversity and promote environmental justice at the are form rec and park department and trust for public
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land i understand the assessable parks can have on communities i manage the natural resources overseeing the management of the 10 thousand acres of wetlands and i - one of the leading nonprofit focused on the natural resource management one the city the natural lanes of san francisco allow the people to experience it within the city of san francisco the trails and forests is almost unmatched in urban settings nation wide and the visitors deserve a environment by the bio - mitigation and air illustration reduction they support native habitats and species not found from the world one plus
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sensitive species plants and mammals historically known to the areas and some with state and federal protections robles maintenance of those lands will enhance the bio diversity and maintain the species lastly the plans guidelines for education research and std program those landscapes over a myriad of opportunities schools and colleges and children's programs for viral education and focus on viral justice so we urge you to certify the eir so those landscapes and you are ability to promote the forest by diversity within the city limits are not compromised but enhanced and insured for the generations
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to come thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. go ahead, sir. >> good afternoon my name is arnold thomas i'm a resident of san francisco since 1987 and west portal since 1997 i live west of mountain davidson our family goes for recreation looking at our backyard we used to be able to see the mountain david son cross now we only see a sliver so see the growth of the eucalyptus vegetation on top of the hill had they found wind and rocky things and vegetation humans came along and planted the vegetation for lumber again agency a garden knows i maintain a garden in my yard you have to
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maintain it you have to remove dead plant and replace those and hawk the offer grown vegetation we have a lot of overgrown vegetation and in fact, which it is windy and stormy out i advise the family members not to go hiking on mountain davidson because of the high winds we've had failing limbs in san francisco and the natural resources plan did not call for clear cutting as some characters it fire would natural send forest and maintains the trees for safety and other reasons obviously we scant start fires in town and few if in any bio controls to keep the eucalyptus and other invasive in check therefore humans must maintain
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the healthy efforts the management plan allows the staff to have a healthy forest therefore i urge you to adapt the plan thank you. >> next speaker >> while our coming up let me call a few more names (calling names). >> go ahead. >> hi good afternoon. my name is melissa i'm a nature san franciscan and with sierra club the bay chapter i'm here to ask for the eliminations of the development of the project sharp park from the eir the goal of natural plan is to promote bio diversity and to preserve the natural species by the
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redevelopment of this golf course didn't any degree follow the goals i have here three hundred and 25 letters from sierra club members and supporters demanding for the removals of golf course we hope you take into consideration those letters and the enar disagreed species before. >> good afternoon a thirty year resident of the hate ashbury and - golden gate park is very walkable in recent years the hate is more chaotic and crazy especially with all the sewers and the noise levels i've found very personnel site and a wonderful sanctuary taking a walk into the park to sit off of
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fulsome and you can enjoy the beautiful the woodpeckers and a little bit of quiet of sanctuary and beauty 3 needs to be preserved it is our legacy to preserve this i urge you to adapt the management plan and thank you for the opportunity to say so. >> thank you. >> thank you, commissioners my name is alicia i'm lived no lived here my whole life i'm a friend of natural areas in the 70's i worked with a group in fact, successfully to say a happy place it a testament to that i currently work on saturdays occasionally to the trails - in the interior
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greenbelt but here actually representing a group of neighbors who have a very interesting window on natural resources areas i believe you've not heard about we're immediate neighbors to the internal greenbelt and as such we live with the natural resource area everyday for hours we get to watch it i'm here to tell you on behalf of the neighbors kevin had to go back to work i'm sorry we're here to tell you that our wonderful efforts are not okay some of the species we'll urge to let them be they'll be fine they are not we've had limbs and whole trees install on our property none has been hurt but property has been damaged thirty years ago i stood at the window
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and watched a fire start yes. it was a long time and, yes thank goodness the fire trucks came up but this year within 0 of our neighbors lost in their fire insurance because the fire wildlife reflex exceeded they're under writing we're privileged to be neighbors of the forest that is both a prestige and a risk so much we hired and i an independent arborist that came to the conclusion that are include in the environmental impact report that did foist is not well the presence of ivy and the spread of root fungus has killed many trees we're asking you to vote in favor of certification and the rec and park department to adopt the plan because delay is not an
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option delay is it's a decision we don't doubt the goodwill of those who want to lead did status quo or dot minimum amount in the maintenance plan but building that a balanced approach is important and support the plan thank you. >> good afternoon. thank you commissioner commission for thank you for the opportunity to speak as a native san franciscan i love this process and feel so grateful to have a voice my voice is one of a golfer he grew up playing sharp park and now teach a very diverse international group of women competitive golf we all start somewhere and pickup different
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recreation and golf was the one that i was fortunate to have access as a young child sharp park is not only a beautiful place for recreation it is also one of the most diverse parks that i think of both young and old people are out there enjoying the historic landmarks this is we're so fortunate to call as part of our city i current like i said coach a group of young women and divorcee want to thank the staff for all their effort as a san franciscan bio diversity and to be able an environment it and
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finding that part between recreation and the treasures we have here both i ask you to approve that eir and appreciated seeing all the workers here and thank you for your time thank you for your all of your work on this. >> i'm a 46 yes city resident small business owner and a park divorcee building the eir understates the impact of removing trees from specific locates that the eir is inadequate the response to comments of the eir states that all removed trees will think replaced the eir says arriving on to one to
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one not necessarily at the same location or within the areas the actual plan the s n or plan didn't talk about the replacement under story scrub in any case which a a tree it removed from a last week it impacts that area in the mclaren park the trees lie between the freeways and help to improve the air quality if over 8 hundred trees are removed replaced in golden gate park the impact will be significant mitigation measure is a requirement to keep a log of all trees removed tare locations and species height, diagram and date of remove and a log with the same information for all replacement trees he
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wish to endorse the alternative for the natural areas 20-year management plan as promote by the san francisco forest alliance this will limit the number of trees to be sold to the plus non-nature trees principally eucalyptus, montgomery pine and cypress that will discourage - will limit the trail closer to 9 miles and reduce or eliminate permanent fencing and will discourage the rec and park from eliminating 19 acres of office leash dog play areas i'll endorse the removal of mountain davis and the mclaren park from the natural areas program take into
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consideration. >> (clapping.) >> hello commissioner i'm amy i support the certification the eir and the approval of management plan for the improvement of our bio diversity facht is of great value and small business restored the natural areas are a huge benefit to the city and to be cared for i echo the statement without the healthy environment this extends to equality in our community so we need to maintain the management and care for all the parks within the city marry as a frequent open space users i support large investment in how future of open spaces for all users i believe the longer management is necessary to
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preserve our forest thank you for your time. >> hi, i'm the chair of sf urban writers and many of you have seen me advocating for cycling like mountain biking i'm here to support this and suggest that you pass the eir and the project plan some of the speakers are sharing their concerns the access of the management plan and that's one of our large concerns our members have been biking in those areas for decades that is for the needs of public and the snach to protect our hopes when this is in place will build our relationship are rec and park including the access to the city one of the reasons assess it is
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important when people have the chance to experience the beautiful nature areas they care about them thank you. >> greetings. i'm a member of the san francisco urban writers we support the plan but, of course, the the devil is in the details in particular we want to undermine the plan calls for multiple use trails and the performance our members spent thousand of hours investigating in the parks to insure that trails are safe and were able to all san franciscans access to trails in the natural areas is important for equality having trails in the city allows people to enjoy the natural areas without having - needing a car it allows folks to ride and hike and generally experience nature
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and environmentally for folks that have no other way to do that thank you. >> good afternoon my name is carol i thank you for the opportunity to speak today. >> i urge you not to approve the eir, however, if you do please approve the maintenance alternative further i would urge all of you commissioners and those who spoke in favor of the eir to visit areas in gleaning canyon where practices have been in place there's a discrepancy between the plan and reality that's the probably the reason you've heard so many speakers today with the kind of suspicious attitude.
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>> i lived in san francisco almost having years as a homeowner that lives adjacent to mountain davidson and concerned about the potential for e vocation and landslides and flooding with the removal of so many trees we ask you to slow down and monitor the sites on the mountain before more tree and plant removal is accomplished remember almost all san franciscans are non-native that didn't make us bad in addition to i'm sorry the maintenance alternative is the environmentally superior alternative it has less trees reinforcement preserves the existing plants distribution and enables less costly recreation
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it also requires the at least use of herbicides so again, i encourage you to approve the maintenance alternative if in fact, you approve the plan thank you for your time. >> (clapping.) >> folks we're going to ask that the public try to refrain from applause or booze will keep the hearing going smoothly good day thanks i'm osie gomez and lived in san francisco since 1967 a resident in mountain davidson for the last ten years this month in august - being around the activity i've seen the miss happens non-nobody mentioned went down the mountain a couple of months ago and
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anyway, i support the plan by the forest alliance instead of the eir - the environmental impact for natural areas thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners pta patricia is my name is resident of san francisco for i refer to as escape i didn't from los angeles and been here my husband born and raised in the city i'm a member of prozac not the drug the commission or and so we've heard a lot about the natural areas plan and what it entails i think that as good thing it is a good thing from people like me that do a lot of walking not
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uncommon to put 20 steps on the merit a meter a day gives the city an opportunity to restore it's you have to maintain a garden this is an excellent way to maintain a garden we enjoy as san franciscans please support both the eir and the natural areas plan thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello i'm gloria i'm not a horticulturist try trade i support the project no request that citimoving forward to prot the last pieces of the environment no question that san francisco needs to be right up there in front of and leading as a family we use the natural
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areas a lot we visit we go through there to see the changes you don't see in an orient mental escape but see the butterfly or bird that comes to a plant it is excited about the natural plant they have multiple relationships and their mysterious and wonderful some butterflies only live in and the plants they need to lay their eggs on is there it is important we continue to support the scrapers and especially in the eco system areas. >> the natural front is a very, very good plant it is deep and long and conceives based and if you would of maps and recommendations and created by the some of the smarter people working for the city today, i think that we have every, every
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reason to trust them everything is fantastic glen canyon is wonderful and the time they've been working without a mandatory and plan i urge you to confidently and proudly approve this excellent plan. >> good afternoon my name is linda schaffer i'm here to urge you to follow staff recommendations certificateing the eir and approve the project as proposed my reasons have been articulated by a lot of the others i'll say the eir is reliable and the analysis is scientifically sound meets the ceqa criteria for
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certification for the rest of my remarks i want to say involving a little bit of show-and-tell not another frog but something else i have had the prestige and like to do a little bit of traveling mention that eave had the experience of walking through a natural area in the city of paris yes paris that that was obviously lovingly maintained and that was also clearly being used as an educational resource for the school children in the local area an example of another city that understand bio diversity and environmental justice now to my show-and-tell i don't know if you can see this hello people this is called wisconsin
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naturally i'll be happy to have you look at through if this is my only copy in the guide to one and 50 of the 4 hundred fluffs natural areas in the state of wisconsin that was published this guide 14 years ago to mark the advocating anniversary of their state natural areas program so think about this wisconsin has been actively managing its natural heritage and preserving bio diversity for 64 years it is taken us 21 years to get close to approving a plan to managing ours come on folks if so san francisco we can do that well as paris as the state of wisconsin let move forward while there is natural heritage left
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to see thank you. >> is the overhead working >> oh, come on. >> now that i've taken 15 seconds i'm damon and a cross cigarette with the children's connection to natural and my co-chair spoke earlier i'm glad to be here an important moment
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it was a little bit over a year ago that phil ginsburg and i and hydra mendosa-mcdonnell and from the unified school district represented san francisco in a gathering of cities from across the country each considered to be leader in the realm of 1906 san francisco earthquake connecting kids and nature one reason has to do with with the social compton pack on the visible the san francisco children's bill of rights those of you unanimously endorsed that thank you very much that was had an effect gotten san francisco noticed that is a city that has a commitment to both kids and nature so following our endorsement that the board of supervisors declared a revolutionary whereas san francisco is home to more than one thousand children growing up
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in one of the most densely cities and it is a necessary component of a kid's cognitive development and whereas the children's bill of rights is a set of outdoor experiences that city agencies users organizations and schools and families representing all corners of the city agree every child should joy and whereas the children's bill of rights is a set of outdoor experiences in which children have the opportunity to develop and finally san francisco is a highly visible integral model of human endeavors he know i've gotten that message from other folks therefore, be it resolved the city and county of san francisco celebrates the annunciation of the children's outdoor bill of rights on
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october 2016 in recognition over child growing up in the city i'll call out two one explore all the president places in the city represent by owes do natural areas and city parks an unwarranted wildlife note urban wildlife and those wild places don't think the care of under a plan i urge you all to make the eir and the plan happen phil and les can and staff are as good as the staff are we've been colleagues for year thank you very much. >> next. >> (speaking spanish.) >> come on up we'll call a few more names
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(calling names). >> good afternoon. my name is sally roth i'm coming here to speak in support of natural areas planning and the eir on capital improvement plan the first part of eir i noticed that there was a great deal of time and effort put in for careful planning and impressive sorts of planning including remediation for anything that becomes an issue, and there is - furthermore, covers the idea there is much variation in the areas that will be affected by the natural e mp and the project will be lengthy, however, as the
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project move forward and the native planted increase percentage wise while the invasive plants one can envision the native thriving and moving into areas now they don't grow especially in the areas their killed off and/or the debris underneath the trees is toxic they can't possibly survive there. >> this is really progress in the in the right direction i come from the natural parks background and the willingness to front in and work with what you have do what you can to keep it in good shape and improve that is just very, very important i strongly support the
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n n p and strongly urge you to vote for it thank you. >> hello first thank you to the commission for proceeding this forum and opportunity to speak to the eir and the san francisco or the natural resource management plan my name is eric the chair and professor in rec and park and tourism at san francisco state university and media position not necessarily reflective of the university over the faculties but to support of the eir and the resource plan this is my research area i'm familiar with the eir and have been working with the national - natural
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areas program for 15 years and being past resident and having some experience in those areas walking with any family and the vast majority of parks move any other comments are restated i'll leave it i'm fully confident that san francisco transportation authority plans & programs committee. will be continuing to listen and work with community members thought as they establish this thank you. >> good afternoon. i've been a resident of san francisco over 15 years and i'm opposing the eir plan this plan is flailed it arbitrates 2 percent of golden gate park that is noting non-natural plants and focused
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on the local park which of total destruction last year of rec and park mentioned that herbicides were only necessary they need to retain workers that is strange to see see gardeners can't grow weeds to rely on herbicides on the report we read that rec and park has a document that record of tree maintenance i remember that one percent was killed in growth we wonder should the rec and park service trees concerning legal it's the blue tree is the only tree that can
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grow on sandy soil most disturbing an organized group has taken that uponism to remove the trees those plants were required by the city after the storm of 1983 to help with soil in the rock area it is time to be serious and san franciscans deserve a vote at the ballot box. >> good afternoon. i'm rosa resident of san francisco i would like in support of plan but as long as that includes side redevelopment of sharp park golf course and little rest it is daily impacting our endisagreed speciangered speciee
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those peas and you've heard earlier from the sierra club our esteemed organization that told you a simple solution i don't know this is part of natural areas plan you you know it is very simple plan and until it is resolved i stand opposed to a very sad day here in san francisco so thank you for your time. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is bob a board member of the trail counsel 15 miles of that mile trail goes to san francisco and connections with 17 of its windfall parks a number of times over the decade i worked side by side with the folks to insure the continuation
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of the green space in the park system found those employees a skilled and knowledgeable group of people to help the plants we need the natural areas program as he aide gets pressure on the few spaces left we need this as outlined in the eir one that is gentle on the earth that the birds and butterflies and humans can depend on on the past since the eir was conceived time for the city to permit that vital machine to continue thank you. >> good afternoon, commissioners rachel norton intern ceo of the parks alliance we support of management plan and the certification of the eir we
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think that is plan strikes a reasonable balance between all of the ways that people use the parks and our responsibilities of stewards of natural lands of san francisco we'll urge you to certify the eir and approve the ambulance now i want to take off my parks alliance and put on my other hat the experience that children can experience in the fall areas are so unique and special you heard from patrick and heard if charlotte and now from me if no we have some a unique resource and in the natural areas and an opportunity for skids to interest incredible experience that is incredibly important to preserve those areas for the kids for the future thank you very much. >> thank you. >> hi good afternoon
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my name is annie work an, an viral educator and here to support the management plan and eir everyday i take students of all ages to teach them about the native and had the opportunities to see the positive impact those natural areas have on the youth and maintaining those areas is important from an educational perspective the parks residential design the only closure and allows them to learn outdoor and have a place of ownership of san francisco natural habitat thank you. >> hello, everyone i'm amy wilson from the academy of sciences and read a brief letter on behalf of the executive director and head of science i'm
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also the society director of the government religions on behalf of my colleagues, we urge you to certificate the eir this will restore the city's natural resources the plan designates some of the highest quality and critical habitat as significant resource areas this i think i didn't bit of land preserves the last history and unique heritage of san francisco today more and more people live in cities and less access to natural areas those areas are critical to fulfilling our needs for experience and fresh air and recreation natural areas have a connection to nature and help us appreciate the diversity of wildlife that is california's history the few parks with designated natural areas will be much more than human plants and bonds and effort many schools
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and universities and summer exams use the local parks and natural areas for leaning and conducting our science we believe that people will explore them and learn about them and fall in love with them thank you for your attention to this matter. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. my name is franklin and i'm a resident of the outer you sunset and a educator in the city i believe that we should support the management plan for both the natural division because those natural areas are a critical educational tool for the youth growing up in new york city not have access to the green areas your fortunate to have i know the importance
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that those natural areas play in shaping future generations by protecting them requires management that's why i believe we should support this management plan >> good afternoon. i'm rachel a inspirational educator i grew up enjoying this as lucky enough to take children out into the natural area with the children i see the children connect and look at this connection to the history in a larger natural history in san francisco an amazing u amazing outdoor classroom of habitat of plant to mammals and kifrj you to support this thank you.
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>> hello my name is carter republican robin's grown up in the berkley and san francisco. >> i'm just disturbed bye bye the sequestration and that's with an of the main reasons i'm not in support of eir further that we're not looking tree cutting as destruction disturbed that is happening in the parks and happening on the streets i think that send a message to people and children that things can be destroyed
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just that and i think that we should use that language when we talk about those matters that's my main point. >> thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. and (calling names). >> good afternoon my name is aerial i'm a transportation policy society with spur spur is a nonprofit oxygen that promotes good planning and government in the bay area for research and advocacy spur urges you to adapt the eir of the resource management plan and to approve the management plan spur strongly believes that will
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help us to sustain this into the future it is unique and total one and 40 seems to me are sensitive some of the species have stated and federal protection responsible maintenance as outlined in the plans will help them thrive the natural resources plan is geared the adolescence and hard working and careful attention to detail put into the development of the management plan it provides a thoughtful plan to manage the restoration of the dignity and provided for the restoration well 1w09s future spur cares about the opportunities for education research and restorative programs and schools and museums and children's programs use this for viral education that promotes this as a call to justice spur a passing
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has been a long time is supporter and recognizes honoring the program manager was a good government award and recognizes this vision problematic staffing and volunteer management and stewardship of our natural areas that is in the plans today a great deal of energy into developing the management plan by certifying this we can insure the valuable landscapes seize the - we strongly urge to adopt the management plan thank you. >> hi my name is tom i'm a mechanical engineer and run a material science business in san francisco i want to say if or this decision is being
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made in the dark eir fails to talk about the limitation you haven't notice but if this is implemented we'll lose access to 95 percent of the parkland it will limit the public access to trails that is the m m-3 if you don't believe look at the maps in 2015 requiring we stay on designated trails and threatening $1 plus fines trails cover only 5 percent this is a drastically change from the free access we enjoy today, the eir show people contained but the drafter chiu's choose to duck the issues if we close 95 of -
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in other area regarding did carbon sequestration the claims you don't have to be a scientist cutting down 18 thousand trees and planting grass will have an opposite check that results in a net loss of metric tons of c02 storage and didn't mean for the planned implementation and maintenance the green house figures presented in the eir where will fully miss circulated let's looking an example in sharp park 56 acres every effort will be
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replaced with grass land the sequestration fingers of c02 stored in a arc of forest and c02 stored in an acre grassland this result in a loss of 6 thousand c02 a back to the atmosphere the eir claims that will sequester more grassland than the forest this is incorrect, those are my main too comments from an emotional stand point everyone that talking about children and wonderful for children they're talking about programs and things from adults for children to experience that i really think kids should be able to play in the woods thank
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you. >> (clapping.) >> >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners i'm a residence of san francisco and the patrick field director for the natural parks association the leading advocacy group for the protection of naturally - we oppose the eir and urge you to remove it i'm surprised and astonished we have to be here as part of rec and park plan to ask you to oppose this plan unless you're able to remove the sharp park in 2006 when was was property this was the pan area
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on the map shows boundary clearly no golf course element included back then the sierra club were supportive of progress on this plan. >> in 2009 when the scoping report was released it stated quote because of eliminating the sharp park golf course is a separate it will not be evaluated as part of project in the eir should changes to the sharp park golf course they'll have a regulatory review with the california environmental quality act review that separate study produced this golf course redesign which shows various additions
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and developments to the sharp park quote raising the fairways to raise hole 18 for - here's a map that is before you right now in the final eir and if it looks strikingly familiar that is last week the plan that rec and park implicit stayed with a trust a promise to the public that would not be included and this new plan says we'll quote raise rates and reduce the flooding this project never got the benefit of public scoping inserted in the draft eir we support other parts of plan and folks met with staff but unwillfully to fulfill their
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promise in the scoping report so we have to ask you unfortunately but for the benefit of conservatism this plan, rejected until the sharp park golf course redevelopment project is removed thank you for your time and consideration. >> next speaker, please. >> my name is juliet and i'm here to oppose the sharp park golf course redevelopment portion of the natural resources or the eir i urge you to remove any golf course elements from the eir or if it didn't happen and urge you to please oppose the eir this is the same map 2006 with the public process and
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was this is the portion of sharp park looks to be restored again, the boundaries around are not within the golf course within the wet lanes not effecting any of the golf course this map was the one waltz the scope process of the report that specifically excluded any golf course development from the eir this is a separate proposal not evaluated as part of proposed project analyzing the eir should changes to the grovel course they'll undergo a california environmental quality act the
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study they're talking about is this one. >> this includes to raise the hole 14 not listed the removal of the hotel removed somewhere else but this has been criticized by scientists however, when the - this specifically was not to be included as part of the eir, however, when the draft eir was published that included this map again which is identical raise fairways to reduce the flooding and for hole 14 noble a golf course redevelopment a new addition and was never subject
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to public scoping that contradicts what the department promised to treat the golf course as a separate project and separate it to ceqa review please remove this portion of sharp park from the eir thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> thank you, commissioners my name is jill i am here to voice now option to the eir today, i'm a long time resident born here the mother of two children that utilize the park on a daily business i volunteer with any sons preschool i'm shocked by some of the people who talk
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about the bio diversity the issue of whether or not children can get into parks is an important one i believe strongly i work within the outdoor school to bring kids every single day into the parks but that issue is an issue of programs and assess and bringing them to the parks the parks are open and assessable to children but spraying peshz in the parks and cutting down trees makes that less assessable my kids had to relocate where we do the programming in the morning on several mornings because of peshz because of bio diversity already my preschool class watched the owl family that used to nest in the top of the
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eucalyptus and into comblaen canyon watched the owls that was an amazing experience and then my sons class including my son found a dead owl by eating grass and i support the bio diversity and support of environmental justice i think everyone in the room does i don't know that is any disagreement peshz do support environmental justice i urge you to endorse the maintenance alternative instead i think the parks needs to be maintained not through peshz and chopping down the trees thank you.
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>> good afternoon. i'm scott taylor i come here in support of plan and the eir on behalf of both the city as a member of blue phil's a native grass leaked in the bayview as a ecologist and a transport from here and as a public health official from there with all the combined san francisco to me as an abundance of urban ecology that chicago doesn't only has what happened if this plan didn't go through it is invaded and do away with that it is not profitable or prosperous or sound
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so chicago right now is going baugsdz e backwards trying to get native spaces didn't have any left within our backyard here glorious hills that have a view of the entire city on the worst days it is surprising how is city that has so much as hand realize that oh, we should preserve those spaces and do we we can to make sure the communities around them as and assess that is often meaning restricting assess while a project is done that has to happen so i'm all for this plan and program moving forward because that is something that as an outdoor cider can only service to be a benefit to the city in the long term maybe not in the short term a lot of
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disagreement but under the long term one of the best looking programs that will not effect the city as a whole as a an outsider thank you for letting me speak. >> hello commissioners thank you for having me. i'd like to make 3 quick points first, i'm here representing thousand of moms who are very concerned this plan threatens public safety you've heard it requires the use of toxic herbicides like round up and garland in children's play areas those are bio chooment if you don't spray. >> eucalyptus with a herbicides that will resprout
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two this plan also heard hurts public safety the city will be liable for slides and increases the risk that a tree will fail on a hiker from the wind and the city will be liable it poisons ground water with herbicides for people and frogs the frog sorry no frog. >> number two in the eir i would like to direct your attention to page nine hundred and 2521 the impacts on forest resources is the same and less than significant from the most deforesttion to the least deforestation that's the same i find that be to very
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preperplexing and everyone here is obviously passionate about nature as am i i dedicate any life to the environment i wish we could go back in time it is the climatic change in the 17 hundred no climatic change sadly we have it and the large trees are playing you are best defense as you may know they absorb 3 times the carbon as young tree and fourth absorbs ten times the carbon of grassland ever tree we cut down and replace it because that's a eucalyptus brings us to disaster the airport everything is at risk if we want to be a
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climatic resilient city then we need a plan from a phoney one to one plants to a real 3 to one replacements of actual trees if not that causes climatic change and everyone will be responsible i urge you to vote no please do use to your powers to fix that thank you for listening. >> next speaker we'll do that a couple of times mower e make sure that everyone has an opportunity to speak those who have been here a while i'll ask to who are in support of eir and those opposed to the eir or the plan okay. thank you very much. >> and we'll go ahead and read more names. >> it's okay. thank you very
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much yeah they'll get to chance to come up (calling names). >> go ahead, sir. >> thank you, commissioners my name is aaron frank from the founder of california wildlife center and teach environmental law at the time san francisco state university and here to speak on my own behalf and oppose the sharp park portion of the environmental impact report. >> you've seen this map already that's the 2006
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restoration plan that was put forth as you can see and other speakers have said all of the restoration program took place outside of golf course portion of the park and during the scoping plan the city said clearly in their report the cause of eliminating sharp park is a separate proposal being studied not included or elevated as part of s n r portion of the eir should changes to the sharp golf park they'll under go a separate report including the environmental impact report should any changes to the government park that is needed a separate environmental review
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that is the map of the property that is ♪ environmental review this is iowa the city said there have a separate environmental review and noted the changes that takes place in the golf course that is the redesign it moves the holes from one place to the next changes to the golf course i'll repeat the city sunshine said any changes to the golf course requires a separate environmental review with the ceqa process at the heart of ceqa is public participation and transparency to put this into the plan after the city made a statement they wouldn't undermines the transparent of that plan you know about the enar
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disagreed species the san francisco gard snake ivy urge you to you exercise many part of the portion of the plan otherwise the environmental impact report is faulty and should be rejected thank you very much >> next speaker, please. >> hello, i'm a student of the san francisco state university in that my first public comment i'll make it brief we want to raise an issue with the sharp park redevelopment plan i irregular that the commission
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remove the golf course from the eir i have a letter this letter was written by the ohio draft that provided the data for the golf course he sent this to rec and park department and in this letter he writes completed a study and feel our work is credible and accurate question and participate in the proposed restoration for this study he feels the proposed alternatives don't optimize the potential want site and the report didn't have a fair and balanced conclusion the sustainability of fresh water in the laguna be evaluated and the proprietor for the freshwater be secondary in the context of sea level rise.
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>> since the scientist that contributed you criticized the report clearly requires further study political remove this from the eir or oppose the eir thank you. >> go ahead, sir. >> hello my name is garrett i'm an great graduate also at the university of california, san francisco university of san francisco i urge the planning commission to remove the golf course from the eir this was written from the ecology and coastal engineering they wrote a letter to the board of supervisors in response to the draft eir in opposition to the golf course the letter says
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the san francisco recommendation for sharp park was to maintain 18 holes worthwhile making changes in the course to address the virgin censure is seawall and invest millions dollars in improvements there will effect the handbag at that time a potential for flooding and results to costs in the city's budget tomato misses golf opportunities and further conclude that the current proposal is inadequate to allow the guarder snake and threatens the red frog that inhabits the site clearly the golf course deserves a separate review to insure the best decision is made for the project and others that
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oppose the wild enlightenment institute the skooesh and chapter of the suffer rider and the natural san francisco tomorrow and he golden gate adu been society and save the frogs and the san francisco green party thank you very e golden g been society and save the frogs and the san francisco green party thank you very golden ga been society and save the frogs and the san francisco green party thank you vergolden gate been society and save the frogs and the san francisco green party thank you verthank you ve >> i believe you may not certificate the eir unless you eliminate the government course redevelopment project at sharp park the reason it is see our role to provide oust of the ceqa
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process to insure that san francisco gets the best range of 5e689s presented before development decisions are made and even though best science is used and because of way the golf coursed project was sferntd into the ceqa you'll not have the opportunity to complete those duties again in 2006 there was a proposal that the community unanimously supported down at sharp park including the wild - separately the 2009 project that came out of this document a white paper prepared by the rec and park called the restoration alternatives report came looked at 3 alternatives for the future of sharp park and concluded this
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project our friends disagree jackie spier's office bryan told us again and again during the comments the golf course rae alignment project was selected as the proposed project for the city and county of san francisco completely outside the ceqa process this was criticized heavily as the previous speakers said by scientists including do ohio draft that helped to prepahydro prepare the report and this creates and allows for a new kind of golf course to be built at the sharp park once this is conducted and if in any doubt
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and that's perhaps the unintended consequence the city is negotiating leases that san mateo to carrier the managed of that property and in the versions of those leases that they intend to develop the golf course pursuant to the alternative that was has been jammed into the eir process down at sharp park and created maps that connecticut inspecting stick to the areas that have been studied in the process there - this ceqa process has been certified. >> and nancy pelosi. >> good afternoon. i don't support the eir for the main reasons there is a low profile
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on the impact of the herbicides sorry a low profile on the impact of the herbicides on the environment and not only the natural environment i herbicides as you may know have superintendant but known to cause cancer and cause autism and others problems but i do not support the disruptions of healthy adult trees mainly pines eucalyptus, acacia and i don't know the others because their non-native simply because non-native and important parts of environment rafter require the eucalyptus they need the system otherwise they can break
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their wings the birds don't have the capacity to move well, so those trees are absolutely necessary and as for the others i personal adore monterrey pines their sacrifices but that's personal and something else i wanted to say great deal of talk about taking children into the areas toxic areas are not healthy for children or adults my understanding that that maybe part of the reason why a lot of the areas will not be assessable for assessable only on the travails but not in the other areas i don't support eir and the destruction of trees bye bye the recommendation of the forest alliance so thank you very much
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for this comment period and for looking at our hearts you know that no commission is monolithic there are some of you with doughs please listen to the doughs thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello my name is doctor i've lived in san francisco since 1993 i'm urging the commission not to certify the eir i believe that a plan burn of intolerance and promotes bad things i ask the commission to endorse the maintenance alternative my buddhist said the creation of basis of every nation and every village and try to remove those differences you
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must respect the harmony and peace i'm wondering why healthy trees are targeted at a time of catastrophic climatic change when humans are living on the lip of extinction those arguing for the eir deny basic scientific facts the 18 thousand plus trees in question are silence filter against catastrophic distraction can't be removed watt the degradation flooding and soil erosion and rising levels of carbon dioxide those trees are skas schizophrenic r
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large - the developers call those non-native i'm curious they're not native americans themselves this week the american geographic conference took place in san francisco naomi satellites i quote the primary causes of climate change that fossil fuel consumption in a native wanted to clear-cut our parks the trees are not welcome those trees their dirty and out of control and employed against people of color since the discovery of this country by christopher columbus the call the trees invasive and even though those trees are difficult
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to grow clear cutting of the drought resistance trees is not only foolhardy i didn't by genocide you can't kill everything around you and hope to live. >> thank you, thank you >> next speaker, please. >> how does that turn on. >> jackie proximate take care this is how the parks looks now in this the program so it is pretty green our forest and the 10 acres on the ed's are grasslands now in the plan you
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see a huge brown area in the middle the 10 acre they want to convert by scrub areas those are the facts in the map from the plan the highlights are the trees from appendix f in the plan not phil concentrated remove let's be contrary that's the idea and also the appendix f in the plan warns against substantial clearing ♪ part of the hillside that is subject to extreme winds taking out the middle of the forest subjects the forest to wind this is also a fact in appendix f if you look at that as part of plan also a fact it is that the arborist opinion the trees poor condition are looking at 78
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percent less than one percent along dale wood and - subject to a higher standard and parking near housing many of them have been taught by pg&e even so of the 78 stresses only 11 were recommended for removal their thriving would or not come in experts from uc berkley dr. joe mcbride and will last another within years what will harm the effort taking out a middle of the forest and peter come and look at the urban forestry manager and agrees the forest is sliding but the trees are recovering this is a gift from sutter he planted it in the
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1880s as part of harbor day and opened the tree forests open to the public for hiking for the mental and fell health before a public park in the last remedy in advance on park city land response to comments confirm is a historic landscape and should be protected whether i he had presidio i urge you to adopt it or take the thirty acres forest out of the natural plan and return to natural park status it is on the grassy area thank you very much >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> >> (clapping.) >> thanks we'll appreciate if, if you don't show emotion on one side or the other not fair to anyone thank you for
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coordinating. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> i'm sally with sf dog and urge you not to delay certificate the eir if you do you want the maintenance each time not addressing the areas in city parks nap calls closure of the - the dpa at mclaren park was created in the 70's none asked park if they went to be at dpa nap took control we'll not more areas not less the eir didn't adequately address this population change especially you added in the space which has a 90 persecute in access to the arts of - not adequately addressed in the eir fully 80 percent of the off
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leash is within adjacent to a natural area the eir didn't adequately address the impact of the potential closer of the 80 off leash if nap staff claims that dog's cause impacts on the natural areas given the nap and antagonism it is not an unremarkable concern they'll close 80 percent of that yet it didn't adequately address that issue nap has not talked e talked with people with dogs they say you can walk on leash not the same experience the eir says owl leash areas can be contemplated but no requirement that any new areas added in fact, over ten years no off leash areas in city parks created at all any new
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areas outside of rec and park essentially rec and park is going to trust us given the network offer the 10 years it is hard 25 trust the department it is not just the - the number of acres it is the quality of the recreational experience most are small you can throw a ball and socialize that's it excuse me. mclaren park and bernal two of the largest areas for dogs in the city areas that have parts of in closed any off leash areas must be in parks that people have essentially the same experience they have will be lost basically urge you to approve the maintenance alternative take the forest out of nap and keep the forest and
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stop the forest downsize and. >> next speaker, please. >> my name is ron a resident of park first to the planning commission please don't rubber stamp the eir four reasons you've heard more but here's four the eir use the wrong definition of bio exist hence, the eir is not objective all trees and plans whether native or non-native are part of diversity like people in different parts of san francisco like ourselves by addressing native any native tree is demonized our parks are a variety of san francisco and have been so for one and 50 years thank you to a deposit
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sutter the eir is inaccurate the eir claims native plants are more tolerant more adapt active to climatic change and require less irrigation no evidence is provided the fact over thirty species are non-native i despite being hit are peshz it is a gardening preference and one that is opposite of sustainability it requires constant application of toxic herbicides to maintain them number 3 the eir is inaccurate because that states that the blue eucalyptus is not invasive the eir makes many references to eucalyptus being inner 58 the california plant society says
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eucalyptus has a limited and blue gum trees are not causing heartache harm which is the standard to see invasiveness and eir is inaccurate abused 39 what occurs states that 39 encourages the growth in the forest health the response to comments indicates it helps impregnate but 39 is only beneficial when trees are young and vigorous enough to take advantage of the competition otherwise the benefits from 39 maturity tree is negligible so the rec and park commissioners i'm urging to support the maintenance alternative that limits the number of trees less than 18 thousand and discourages the herbicides to kill native trees and limit the trails closed to
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less than 9 miles and discourage rec and park from eliminating 9 acres off leash dog play areas and encourage you to remove the effort areas of mclaren park. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is dee i'm president of the san francisco forest alliance i've been waiting for years to talk with you think you've been waiting a long time today to hear what i have to say i appreciate that and i will look forward to what you have to say after we speak i would do you see to a lot of green shirts in the audience if you have a green shirt or not and support the native alliance will be
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stand up thank you so i'd like to request how not certificate in document at this time and there are 3 main reasons the first is tree albeit it needed after mitigation annual documents of the trees removed including when they were removed we were theo they debated or diseased or removed for some other reasons what are their species and diaphragm and height of the tree the dated that was removed and the gps correspondence and a log with the same information including an unanimous inspection how many trees planted survived over the 3 years in rec and park didn't keep those kinds of records replacement is a meaningful less
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thing this as lack the accuracy and adequacy stored carbon and green house gas emissions, tree replacement on a one to what ratio or appreciable by the way, that tree replacement is not no the management plan only in the eir in the draft and final form issues around herbicides use, public assess limitation that were decided by appointed government officials and four significant and unavoidable impacts that are documented in the final eir have among those reasons the third reason the natural program has committed many ceqa violations i received a packet excuse me - which i hope you reviewed carefully in that packet we actually itemized
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and dlaebd on the violation please don't safety net 19 of this eir in you do i hope you will put forth implement rather the maintenance alternative last i'd like to see the word native was snefrtd spot 1997 plan and into the eir by local native advocates they used. >> thank you thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> speak into the microphone please. good afternoon, commissioners my name is janet this eir is outdated for bio diversity it was written before we having
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had ccii yots that is updated and inaccurate for bio diversity you can't have it when the ccii i do not is not considered with people and dogs from the park the ccii yots require the thekts be removed those i i've i was told oh, i know coyotes they can go anywhere right last year they appeared repeatedly in the neighborhoods this can be eliminated by the leaving the habitat intact they balance the environment and create bio diversity from the top down as
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in yellowstone called a perfect cascades they vicinity from the bottom up is misinformed not sustainable and uses toxic peshz our eir didn't address coyotes as the keystone place in the city >> the eir understates the impact to the natural areas that calls for removing or relocating 10 miles of trails in the natural areas calls for
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restricting all off trail use of the park adults or children who want to view a pleasure or bird and feel enjoyment in nature enter into areas that are off trail we want to go to our parks and see wildlife in the forest. >> we would like to take our pets and not feel we're shut out the assess limits in the eir have a huge impact as city owned parks we want our parks maintained not closed off i also does n i also do not support i want mp
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to stop using herbicides and closing trails and limiting dog play areas i pled you, you don't adopt the management plan rather that i adopt the maintenance alternative that will allow nap to manage those areas they've replanted but prohibit them from destruction of non-native habitats thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> again day commissioners and park passionate people it is hard to not take this personally when i do a lot of right of work and what it takes to balance the handbag at that time but i'm doing haste i'm here on my own time as a proud rec and park gardener and 4ri6 laborer i'm
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committed to providing criterion and safe open space for all park users and species but the point to keep as many species for the most amount of time far into future as many generation as we can we're trying to prop up the food it is hierarchical changing we can do that with a little bit of trust i'm urging everyone here to leave fears behind in recognizing our commitment at the rec and park department and to keep the natural areas criterion and safe over the pass 20 years we've worked under the management practices but without recognized guiding policy framework wow. we work with thousand of volunteers throughout san francisco
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in diverse community that want the heritage officially preserved san franciscans deserve reassurance as a progressive city that we actually make progress by roebs our investment in front line stewardship by certificateing the eir in the management plan you - you guys don't see how we balance the foist that is frustrating i'll say you know when you call a homeless camp a tree falls across the trail that is the liv that shows up okay. as a native san franciscan okay. i'm here
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raising my fourth generations daughter here okay. i'm the one that has to apply the judicious herbicides to make sure i'm save i'm the applicant we have strict rules we need to move forward safely with a balanced approach okay. i want my daughter and her daughters daughter to love the wildlife including the urban forest that has shaped by service i grateful appreciate you ford this plan and getting that moving loan thank you very much and i appreciate your support >> next speaker, please. >> as you come up i'll reads more names
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(calling names). >> for those persons in toverflw room. >> please proceed. >> my name is ruth thank you for the opportunity to speak i must say i was also expressed to see side turn out everyone that worked with the natural areas policeman from any capacity whatever turned out i would like in that situation to remind that you there are two petitions that are quite descent
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opposing the pesticides uses in the park that has 10 thousand signatures closer to 11 thousand and a recent one regarding mountain davidson we have something like that 5 thousand signatures in a period of two weeks so just the fact that a lot of the people couldn't make that to the hearing on a working day shouldn't stand to lose their voices i love what is described as the overall idea of the native areas program the problem is that is not what is in the plan it sounds like their drying to do the duty full thing to preserve everything this is there if it is the the plan they're cutting down 18 thousand plus trees and closing the
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trails and bay area not mentioned in the oust use the eir says that herbicides use will not change but if you cut down 18 thousand trees you'll need la jolla herbicides there is no at sharp increase the second thing i find - only native plants are good for urban species but the sensitivities don't recognize whether a plant p is flacht or not like the butterfly forensic it grows an nursery plants and without federal we'll not have the grocery store yellow butterfly we have on twin peaks not because they're happy there but
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were because every two or three years transported san bruno and with the population will develop is anybody's guess the eucalyptus is the flowering plant and a wonderful habitat for birds and mammals inserts insects nest and everything there ground things to - >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> >> good afternoon. i'm dan i'm the executive director 6 friends of urban forest but here to speak on behalf of as the head of the urban forest plant urlt council several years ago we identified that the ramp and the eir were two critical issues that faced our urban forest we
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have a series of hearings ♪ very room i was seating where under commissioner president buell/rec & park was sitting and expensive hearings on this subject with the people speaking pros and cons now the urban forest council is compromised of people a heard the pros and cons and to create a document to understand how to deal with the problem so last friday in the room had a hearing on the eir and management plan and unanimously endorsed that we urge you to endorse this is coming from really good mind in san francisco that understand the complexity that face you all as you try to deal with only the urban forest issues we only dealt with urban forest issues
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now lots of talk about the losing of 18 thousand trees we didn't deal with the sharp park but in reality there's a lot of censure concern about mountain davidson and the loss of 18 thousand trees a letter written by peter i have respect for we went out and looked at it mountain davidson >> go ahead. >> a couple of days ago and the chief scientist for cal academy and a recent addition to the urban forest council she and i walked off that and attached our letter to that letter i want to read a little bit of the letter based on the visible inspection at mountain davidson trees were showing the blue gum canopy waltz showing die-off that's to say the condition of
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the trees is far worst than talked about the die back is drought or die back has been noted on mount sutro it goes on and on i'm close to losing my time you have to know a great deal of people understand forest they believe this is a great road map to manage the forest and we look forward to looming working with rec and park we strongly urge that rec and park look at a 3 to one ratio thank you. >> thank you. >> before we have the next speaker i've been made aware that the trans - i hate to see her collapse and end the meeting
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permanently so let me ask the secretary how long do we give her to recovery. >> how long do you need. >> 10 minutes please. >> 10 because i want to that make sure she finishes up a 10 minute recess thank you very >> good afternoon and welcome
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to the san francisco planning commission and rec and park department commission joint hearing for thursday, december 15, 2016, i'd like remind the please be advised a member of the public has up to 3 minutes to address the commission unless the commission that the proceedings. and when speaking before the commission, if you care to, do state your name for the record. all again visit overseeing persons in the overflow room the north light court downstairs to please make our way up to the room and remind the members of the public 3 minutes to address the commission. >> next speaker, please. >> okay my name is vic i'm a resident of mira loma park and rather than rehash what you've heard today, i want to raise a couple of points and a slightly different
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context and you've heard challenges to the accuratey i'll urge you considers challenges because if the eir is accepted as it stands i think there will be saviors and long term unintended consequences heart of responsibility of this commission to reduce the impact think such unintended consequences by addressing some of the flaws that are pointed out out to i think you may be able to achieve that. >> i think that these unintended consequences not a hypothetical they will occur with the best the intentions it always happens and if we try to unravel i don't
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know how many century i want to choose of human impact on the environment in san francisco there are going to be difficulties and i'll leave it to you to discuss how you think realistic to try to undo the natural accrues that is took place since human habitation that is present here with that, i'll just say please really considers flaws that are pointed out to i hope owl reject the either eir if you feel compelled to approve that, please go with the maintenance alternative thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners my name is period of time jones
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i'm a 33 member the golden gate heights our organization helped to stay the red rocks and several areas from development we've aided the effort to save the green hair street butterfly in an 18 year dialogue with the natural area program representatives between the programs claims of effectiveness and the obvious example realities within the project areas the matter before you is a 20-year plan our question is where is the other how will we know 5 years down the line or 10 years whether the program has yielded the promised results without inclusion of a process
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for periodic disinterested evaluations especially in a time of restrict resources no eir no special city council meeting city program deserves approval thank you. >> thank you i'm john, i live in my family a few blocks sorry thank you my name is john, i live with my family a few blocks into golden gate park i don't opposed all aspects the natural areas proposal but have problems with the proposal as it relates to the urban forest the people in the natural areas project dislike plans 1492 and dislike the plans with a passion that
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approaches religious ferry our sometimes that ferry volunteer is good but for the as a relates to the urban forest golden gate park is a beautiful park before the removal the eucalyptus on the park particularly in the eastern portion i'm afraid that the proposal will provide an skews to remove large numbers of aesthetically important trees in the city like amounts of money have been wasted removing the trees between diementsd heights the natural areas plans released a proposal a different proposal related to mountain davidson that proposal said that will preserve the forest on mountain davidson when i read the proposal you found it it only things that remain is the largest trees that will drauchl change the porn's of the effort
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and put a definite limit on the forest life i'm afraid a similar defeat with respect to the urban forest in the natural areas proposal and ask you only approval for the proposal if more protects preserving the urban forest including our eucalyptus forests thank you very much. >> i live in the richmond and echo the comments of the previous speaker. >> i am here to speak for trees the compromise minced alternatives is acceptable it allows for the bio diversity that seems to be - i don't
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think that is right allows for the bio diversity that everyone seems to be so much concerned about i believe in bio diversity too about that should include what we have already. >> but i'm totally against further destruction of the trees obviously diseased trees may need maintenance by the way, we've cut down the practice of cutting down dead trees those are habitats so a lot of unlastly activity in the name of enlightened foresting the trees sequester more carbon than the mraptsdz wear replacing and an earlier speaker said that the
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those backyard i don't want trails built to limit any access to my own backyard part of my backyard is the mountain lake park and mountain lake was in the name of the same beautifications poisoned about 4 years ago so all non-native species can be eliminated and the eucalyptus trees over towards the roadway were taken down although several years ago early seven hundred they're okay but the ones on the other side of the lake they took down the first with an and poisoned the lake 94 now no ducks no black birds used to be alive with red and black birds every summon it
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is no children there to feed the ducks people think this shouldn't be there's no duck to feed if it is going to be the example of what this sort of purification will produce go for the maintenance program that's fine but please don't cut down any more trees. >> next speaker i'll call a few more names (calling names). >> you got me.
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>> honorable commissioners ladies and gentlemen, my name is john burns i'm here to support the completion of the renovation of sharp park an award-winning affirm maker and golfer in 1973 i build the oldest continuance operating center in the united states i powder that with a wind generator i know about b a thing about ecology and building this commission knows a thing about the same things i taught golf for san francisco rec and park my one and 46 students came from ethic and religious backgrounds and one left me exhausted everyday and
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with an that i still cherish i taught the history of golf and through that i saw a fascination grip any kid's that is astonishing to them a game played in 1557 is the visually the same as golf that became blue and a great equalize that led harmony to my ragtag group great friendships and life lessons and perseverance provided any kid's with a key that perseverance leads to success in golf the same as in life you've already licensed to the argument i'll not bore you with the details i'm here to support the positions you've made and to reinforce how close
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with the environmental sound rules you've accomplished i applaud you as thousand of others that expressed pride in knowing the thousands and thousands of millions of dollars to update the sharp park will be good for children that love to play golf until the end of days on our national treasure sharp park i urge you to approve that thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> yes hello commissioners i'm glen reorganizes or roger a landscape architect member of the sierra club and also a member of california native plant society i think you know
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where this will go. >> i'm in support of nap program with the exception of sharp park the red-legged frog and the san francisco garden snake are effected by fertilizer and herbicides and the burn off caused by those of materials there is no environmentally sensitive golf course a barrier can't solve lawn mowers kicking off organism like the snakes and the regular legged front pages frogs in deciding mountain davidson with the carbon sequestration in one judge's 5 hundred years a thousand years there will be a fire releasing the carbon who ever thought there would be a fire in oakland san bruno mountain represents
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the vegetation that growing grew in san francisco historically those plants are under threat increasing the generic fist of overseeing planter of intending mountain is my goal a monocult doesn't encourage diversity let me explain lgbt about the legal when eucalyptus trees position poisons the soils prohibiting under growth a number of plants that have this california bay tree has no under story underneath the creek beds where it is found and that's very wet fertile area the leaves have 24 oil it makes it stellar
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and unlike the oak that supports over thousand of species the lips supports few if no species in my opinion especially with the - it at mountain davidson we rack the leaves so other vegetation can grow if you see it in its natural nothing growing underneath that. >> the natural areas program with plants species don't think them alone are found is my goal and what i would like you to support thank you very much and i hope you support the natural area program thank you. >> good evening, commissioners eric brooks sf green party/our city/sf clean energy advocates. our city first make sure the
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correct the record on a misunderstanding on the green party their appears compares to a golf course in a natural areas program, however, that didn't mean in ours is a member of the golf course was support the underlying plan i want to make that clear we don't support mass removal of trees and the use of toxic herbicides to control vegetation in our public places where children and pets and the rest of us and workers what about exposed only the golf course we said should be removed that's a couple of years ago so why not support the mass tree removed and herbicides what the herbicides it is office use i was with pesticides watch in 2006, we got strong laws passes to keep herbicides and
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pesticides out of public parks and the next the folks that are just fanatical about native plants came along and peeled back the restrictions on this incredibly toxic tier one and herbicides that is an unacceptable development in and of itself and need to we need to reject bans the ability for those folks to use those herbicides we want to refocus i know you've been sitting here for hours but bring up a new issue you've not heard that relate to the other statements of climatic change and the climate crisis and green house gas and the thing you have to understand those this eir and those plant do allow for the removal of up to 18 thousand trees that is the plan no matter
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what anyone says the plans nipping and edges of things like that people that support those native agenda want to remove all the trees an east bay plan that will remove hundred of thousand of trees rejected in court because that is a crazy idea why a crazy idea because when you cut down trees you release carbon from the trees and the soil in massive moiments that carbon realized takes one hundred years or more to be reabsorbed sweet spot forest the eir is flailed didn't account for the fact we're hitting climatic change crisis we cannot realize the carbon and wait a one year's to be absorbed i'll say i ask you reject of eir.
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>> i'll call a few more names (calling names) good afternoon commissioners thank you for your time i'm available to answer any questions you may have a doug i'm working with friends of urban forest and representing myself i'm a certificateed or not i sit on two boards one at chapter international society of the board cult and cal fires your honor, and forest advisory council but today i'm a thirty year citizen of san francisco in favor of the eir i'm if it is new to me honestly sharp park
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innovate include that our natural areas have under gone a lot of changes over time we're losing the forests the eucalyptus i would like to refer to a letter that was sent to you offered by the which i shouldn't urban forest counsel and the academies executive director where it was in favor of this plan i do think it has been discussed 3 to one replacement but i think we have to look at sort of this phased approach and we need to move this plan forward looking at healthy forest and native plants and bringing i say opportunity to teach you are young people and those don't come up that often i think that we know our children are hunger for those natural
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areas and people talked about problematic uses in them those are largest native areas from mclaren park that sutro and mountain davidson i feel touched when a my children recognize a small but the fragile nature i think the information you have is extensive and thoughtful and actually, well informed and scholarly look at some of the documents that have been submitted the to you, you have a tough decision good luck on that and so thank you very much with this opportunity today. >> i'm to reader everyone one
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of the book into the record is if is that a problem. >> go for it. >> thank you, commissioners i don't envy our job i give a talk on the topic 90 minutes i've done 3 hours on the time loaded the man that spoke is a friend of mine when i lived in the city i moved to mri i think a planting manager he's not read all the books so many profound scientists challenging the
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non-restrict scientific all trees conservative carbon and all trees on mountain sutro have you, you seen the tarps i lived near the st. patrick gone while when they cut down the eucalyptus trees the hills collapsed all non-native is going down no science i'm not an emotional guy by relying on the science so you see the title the
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wild - behind the war on east bay 58 do i o'ryan a horticulturist talks about the instant the fact of the matter but the eradication and viewing the use of toxic herbicides which 50 more than 50 years ago was taught to us how far have we come in san francisco we are environment itself it is okay in the parks with the children and the last one is poison which shows the and so on to you might
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conclude that i am opposed to the current eir for the tremendous inadequacy including pesticides and the destruction of thousand of trees of any species that's honking me, you guys are tolerate and putting up with that thank you how i want to end with a paraphrase from other authority that said the enemies of the environment used to be, sir. >> okay. thank you very much folks. >> well done in 3 minutes. >> and good luck with our decision. >> next speaker, please. >> hi and i might want to use the mike to your right. >> all right. >> hi, i'm rosalina resident of san francisco since late 90s i'm here to say i'm opposed to
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the natural areas management plan to cut down the trees and use the pesticides why think you need to be a scientist to realize how unhealthy those are especially for children contemporary those leaves and branches preserve the moisture according to calfire this entire city a fire risk that's they're lost rating other ratings are high and verified there are plenty of other reasons i oppose the eir that have been said i urge you to consider them and i also ask that you, please approve the alternatives instead
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thank you for your time and attention. >> good evening, commissioners my name is robert i lived in san francisco for over 50 years i'm kufrnt a board member and past member of the mclaren park and i'm sorry to interrupt you from the person who is alarm is going off it is disruptive. >> and a board member and the past the park is a residential community of 200 homes and will be impacted by the proposed plan but before you i speak on behalf of the club and 4 hundred members supports the restoration and the mira loma supports the best plants in the city we advocated for the plans in the
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general plan we work collaboratively with rec and park personnel in our neighborhood and, yes our forest management that plan before i is esteem with the focus specifically on the impact to mountain davidson the club detailed the concerns to planning on why the draft eir as inaccurate and inadequate and planning response was to all of the clubs comments with respect to mountain davidson in regards to cutting down 16 hundred trees the related impact the carbon wind and mammals do financial costs the tree replacement and closing 2 nine hundred feet of trails and 4re789 access to acres and users herbicides planning said our comments are insignificant not relevant and not supported in essence all the impacts the club cites were less
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than a significant impact on the draft eir the club absolutely disagrees and building if so imagine accurate addresses not obviously therefore not be certified to be put in place to address the comments in regards to mountain davidson, however, if it is approved we ask the alternative maintenance to the plan we supports as the superior alternative otherwise from the plan but is approved the club has asked mayor ed lee and the rec and park commission as stated in the correspondence on august 29th this year that certain parts of mountain davidson be returned back to rec and park forest the club wants to protect mountain davidson thank you for your time.
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>> good evening. i'm peter the senior environmentalist - i say was first editor of voice and in fact, learned that jerry thomas spoke my bosss boss allowed did editorials though they were edgy now a government employee he can't say be two edgy but a few brief comments on behalf of the environmentalists and restoring our eco system and providing access to the aide we're supportive of and in fact,
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and they anywhere our own goals 3r0e789 the eco system and strengthening community resilence i'm frame my comments in my really at the department one of the things i devote any time to celebrating all the great work in the city with respect to local nature and diversity i'll put up, up a slide. >> and celebrating in could be a full-time job and in fact, today, we're celebrating rec and park work in natural stewardship and the natural areas plan are situated from the slide amongst the diverse programs kaktd to connecting san franciscans to hereby nature san
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francisco has benefited from conservatism of local nature in our nature state and local parks it continues the progress to moving forward and plan recognizes the continued threats to where you are natural environment and should be stewards has the restoration and stewardships amazing 4 hundred plus native plant out of the 7 thousand in the state over 3 thousand species of birds 5 hundred and 50 in california and the plan does makes the film contribution to the mitigates e mice of the crisis those places within san franciscans with the ongoing potential for relationships with nature and nature trails provide the
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opportunity forever autumn san franciscans to have connections to nature where they live in recognition of those important goals and the exhaustive position i ask you to approve the plan on behalf of the environment and. >> next speaker, please. >> (calling names). >> hi my name is al i'm a city resident and i'm a - i'm of california plant society this he is kind of fun i'm 73-year-old
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and never been called a fanic kind of appreciate that. >> i'm very much in favor favor of keeping the tiny land as native as possible and i'm doing if is selfish point of view i'm 73-year-old not as easy to get out to places like marin and down into the city the ability to take a bus or short walk and go to a place like for example, the oak wood lands in golden gate park and see something that still approaches what was here one and or 200 years ago or whatever? important and probably be very important to a lot of people who have
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experienced for one reason or other not the mobility they had before i'm a gather any two grandchildren live here we want to make sure they can without investigating to get carted out in a car or bus somewhere they can see a natural area or mostly natural in the city itself and, yes we're going to have to do stuff to keep it as natural as potential i strongly support the eir and plan that will for what i've seen will do stuff to keep those areas as natural as they possibly can be thanks very much. >> next speaker, please. >> hello i'm sorry robert and i'm here a concerned citizen and
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representing myself and several neighbors in the davidson area i'm a parks lover where soccer fields for the kids tree covered housekeeping trails are part of city i think the rec and park for the good work what's lost in the noisy debate over when species deserves priority in san francisco are some very significant well, concerns that need to be addressed and have not namely the damage to the human heartache concerns of the impact think the water supply and changes to the landscape for erosion and run off purposes i've not heard anyone talk about i'm shocked you know what the use of herbicides where do they ends up they don't breakdown they accumulate in the
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environment starting in 2017 the san francisco water supply we'll be mixing in ground water into the taps to underscore that was ufo some you know health issues this week just from some contamination in the water and didn't include tap quart they can't filter out with the biological issues what can we have for filtering of test chemicals and the second issue looking at the viral issues around mountain davidson 200 and 5 houses are be touching are backed up to the perimeter of mountain davidson so if you talk
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about water run off and erosion will be impacted by the removal of the cutting down of the trees has clearly more run off than the odds it as graze tons of run off and they've adapted planning the odds of the mountain mass a much lower level of run off a recent case you know the $5 million settlement forebear or for the how's that slid down the hill in mountain davidson doss or because of an accident of a water main i am if their recreating this area watt u without a significant report to tell us what the ramifications are and injects just a few how's your talking into the tens and million dollars in liquidate those are things that should be explored so is that over.
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>> that's over. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> i recommend against the current cannabis dispensary. >> thank you, thank you, thank y you. >> next speaker, please. >> hello. thank you i'm marshall i'm a biologist on the board of sequoia audubon society i'm not going to repeat what is said about sharp park maps and so and so, i appreciate you're great patience and stamina in hearing many of the arguments and points repeated but the public utilities commission promised that sharp park redevelopment plan would never be included in this one
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and i don't know why that promise was not kept why i don't know why did they make the promise because the golf course had significa significant environmental value and in the context of its location this area should be an arbitrary that is replaced for the environmental location and bio diversity will be impacted two endangered species as we know we're in an accelerated time of destruction and elimination of species doing everything we can owe urge you to remove sharp park as many said from consideration of the eir. >> the people of san francisco the public utilities commission
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the board of supervisors, and the people have been environmental leaders that recognition the importance of preserving the environment we ask you not suck culp not to put the golf course without the consideration that is due that makes sense no viral sense or economic sense excerpt for private interest any question to you is when will we have the sense to stop unnecessary habitat destruction without full consideration of species extinction like sharp park and up to each of us including i hope you'll do the right thing. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon or evening i'm
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karen i'm from the mira loma and a delegate from the twin peaks council for for those of you who don't know they represent about 22 neighborhood associations around mountain davidson west side of the city i have a resolution i'd like to read the important parts of that embodying be it resolved that the rec and park department the board of supervisors, the planning commission, and the rec and park commission to remove all forested areas from mountain davidson and give management controls for the everest and for the rec and park department trained arborists and removal
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trees except for construction of buildings and therefore, be it resolved to all of those move to have the maintenance alternate identified for the, sir and therefore, be it resolved to prohibit all tier one and tier two the most toxic herbicides uses to insure public safety in all park areas so they claim they're less moving 16 hundred trees when i read this section of the eir it says the first to existing trees like mountain davidson and adding the long term goal of forest management in m a-1 and two areas that compromise most of naps argues to convert those areas to a grassland notice this sounds
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like deformatiestation i don't how anyone p can advocate taking down trees but the herbicides use there's a preschool not a preschool but a grandmother school where in any grandchildren go they're in the neighborhood and take field trips i mean i've seen posting of herbicides how can you have children touch or feel everything in the parks they open and do that without problems once the trees are gone their gone and what i heard he read once that 2re falls that carbon going and mental illness
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into the air not only the tree not there but ads 3 to i recommend anyone that hadn't gone interest you should all the trees dead people. >> you're out of time. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> hi commissioners, thank you for allowing me to speak the audubon society and speaking on behalf of the thousand members we've submitted a letter i encourage you to read that letter carefully please we put a lot of thought we've been working with rec and park on the areas plan a thoughtful plan for the most part got a lot of understanding of what needs to happen to maximize and save the
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eco systems in the city this city is a treasure i come into a different part of the country san francisco is a treasure what is missing in our city may be able more education for folks to understand what the sdefs is between a litigate to make a statement in the gone are about bio diversity and as commissioner today you have an important opportunity and responsibility to make sure that there is a prioritization on bio diversity with that said, there is a problem with that plan and that problem is called sharp park golf course not managed as a a natural area not blinking in a natural plan in san francisco for that matter their impacts for two species in this place in the golf course
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and it does not make a statement about bio diversity to sweep that under the rug and really it is a golf course with a fig leave and posing and recreation i'll ask you to consider yourselves in 25 years look at our gridlocked in the eye and say yes. i was the one that pushed that garden snake closer to extinction i as i understand that plan they destroyed thwetld if you can't do that that's on you that's why today's decision is important pass the rest of
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eir as it should be and. >> next speaker. >> (calling names). >> my name is jerry risk and i'm a retired teacher tact for 34 years i don't agree with that eir whatever it is and i want you to know i have a couple of problems and one of them is i understand from the philosophy they have about natural plants what i do have a problem with the that it seems to have to be done with everybody in our city and i
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don't understand why they don't make exceptions and for instance, i'm very much involved with mountain davidson my wife and i have visitors that come to stay in our house and welcome them to live with us their students and all ages come from all over japan switzerland and whatever we take them the first place they're up to it we take you them up on mountain davidson they like the trees and will have the eucalyptus tree because some come if country's with eucalyptus trees their seeing different variations and so forth so they're right at home we love this place we we see a
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forest it is not only beautiful everything about it is beautiful we see a forest that is not a fire hazard it is not a fire hazard and never will be somebody must have thrown a cigarette i lived here since 1968 never seen a spark i know one thing we go into that place it is like a rain forest i wish worry about fires i want to ask if a your bent on killing trees and 6 or 18 thousand i
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want you to hire mr. peter or mr. joel be mc bride i'll get their phone call and put them on the pay thing and every time you cut down a tree you ask them to check it like a human being before you say is it dead anyway, thank you. >> my name is jan risk i'm a retired teacher with san francisco unified school district and sierra club outer leader on this issue i don't august what the sierra club hoourns lived on mountain davidson for 44 years we love to work walk in the woods to enjoy
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the peaceful setting back of the forests in the midst of our noisy city and introduce our children and now grandchildren to this natural area the program or nap plans to cut 6 hundred trees in the heart of mountain davidson we consulted two expert arborists to study the mountain davidson forest he peter who is the chief forester and joe mcbride professor of urban forestry from uc berkley in the words or both of them concluded the trees on mountain davidson of good vigor that cutting 16 hundred mature
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trees is clear cutting that the removals will increase the pocket of winds through leaving the remaining trees sub able to breaking limbs and failing over in the words of peter the removals are are not forest management one does not manage a forest by removing the forest leading edge for habitat conversion nap proposes to convert the heart of mountain davidson forest to scrub and grasslands those are in the words of the plan we ask you to save the money davidson forest please take the forests out of the nap control and transfer it to the rpr arborists who will care for
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and nurture the trees thank you. >> next speaker >> hello my name is steve i'm a residents of miralu loma we'r in favor the maintenance plan basically, we find the forest to be wonderful and enchavrnt place and feeling this plan might actually change the atmosphere of the whole place very soulful at the moment and there's a lot of love for the
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eucalyptus trees which quite frankly when you look at just simply aesthetically we were looking over art books the other day of california history california native art movements like the society of fix and others and the ubiquity of the eucalyptus tree is such a motif around the indecisions arts in california that the idea of vital phil ginsbe vilifying them - i don't want to go though the statistic of the number of trees that will be removed it is shockingly high and basically, when you look at
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the way people enjoy mountain davidson the forest part that is rifled in and the grassland part is simply flouted through in order to get to the forest to enjoy the wild a wilderness area and it is i don't think we want to a manicured type of scrubland to take its place thank you very much we're basically for the maintenance alternative thank you. >> okay. >> next speaker, please. >> yeah good evening commissioners i'm ron a resident of patrick can one of the neighboring city i'm here to speak about sharp park the golf course first to let you you know, i want to see if you, you would separate the
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eir from the golf course in the plan i like to see a thorough job with the la gone and to give history of patricifica one from 1895 and one - 3 lagoon was one of the first land features they came down in 1769 other 31st as a matter of fact on halloween but at any rate came down and in the pacifica they indicate in
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their diary a big march to the shoreline of the sea interest which is a beach the other lagoon if not preserved as a golf course that lee lagoon would be built and the third lagoon means the high la gone in 6 or seven hundred feet in the southern part of the pacifica we have a lagoon i'll appreciate that very, very much if you guys can make a concerted effort and says that the expense and do a great job on that lagoon within that i think something utilize the convertcy for the mentor and the type of work they could be helpful in
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guiding that but at any rate please once again separate the eir from the golf course remodel plan and thank you very much. >> hi my name is victoria resident of pacifica since 1992 this plan maybe fine or not but contains a poison pill a sharp park course is definitely not a natural area adding changes onto the golf course invalidated the eir this is a against the planning process and to mitigate golf changes to make the golf course survive the rep between the golf course and the lagoon wetlands is complex to be included with the
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other natural areas plan to the san francisco rec and park management the importance of wetlands as a home to endangered species needs more consideration than for golf here's the problem raises the height of the fairways you restrict the law gone thgoon th will become to salty the salt intrusion b will occur as sea level rise if you approve that eir you'll permanently place the lagoon in mortal danger by creating had been tablet two close to the ocean endangered
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the species a you're trying to protect areas their moss more at risk the long term effects on the lagoon and resident will be disastrous the communities of the golf course are too important to be hidden within an eir please extract the renovation plan from the final eir thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good afternoon early evening i woken one block if mountain davidson park in a home i walk in the forest areas almost daily the thing that is so wonderful about the forest none has mentioned it is so dense you
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can't see another building or hear traffic can't hear or see cars only the greenery and forest the javpz called that been proven to say a calming up literally effect on people that's what it side to you i'm against the cutting of 16 hundred trees in mountain davidson and don't support of eir everyone has talked about the 82 plus trees fell and the horrible release of carbons i have to say because i live a block if mountain davidson i've seen them putting on the herbicides and signs posted that is a do not apply in wet weather i've seen it apply that millions of times and their populated to
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stay on the while it dries they never stay on sited when is wet it is super dangerous people are walking up there. >> so i ask the commission again, please respect the will of the people not to contributed if combroernl and not certificate the eir as required thank you. >> i provided copies of comments to the record to melanie hugh she'll provide them to the commissioners, i have a long version of citations and
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what the summary of table of impacts i just want to comment about well unfortunately, i'm a lawyer i have to tell you the problem (laughter) you have a big problem with a problematic eir for a bunch of projects miss marched together you can't have a problematic eir you've heard the people say sharp park is one deal the problematic eir did work the discussion of the vifrl superior alternative says well the reason maintenance alternative is superior didn't have the habitat what does the lagoon restoration have to do with the highest point in the city of san francisco the other problems with the eir
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are the fact that contrary to the table 21 agitate unmitigateable impacts in at least 4 areas culture and battalion to logical shown on table 21 the maintenance alternative and the eir didn't consider the hybrid maintenance the maintenance alternative says you'll keep the distribution and install live oak whenever i remove the tree fails or whatever you want the response to the comments also is asking you to bet on the com can you'll do at the bottom of my comments have 54 metric tons of carbon
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sequestration from cutting the trees one and 77 in sharp park and amortized plus one and 85 metric tons of carbon from the heavy construction well what happens you cut down the trees what happened if you don't complete the project you don't center any guarantees finally conclude by saying 3 things that the eir did not consider the drought one reason the maintenance alternative is preferred because it didn't require water to maintain for the life of the new trees we're in a drought you might not building that looking outside we're in a drought. >> okay. >> next speaker. >> and
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(calling names). >> hi good afternoon, i'm a stan i live atsdz at pacifica we're truly concerned about sea level rise and the loss of our homes nothing in the either addresses it and in the last election all 89 couldn't passed the tax to increase the size of wetlands they're one of the best way to stop the flooding into rising assess and didn't have to contend that the bay action at the same time the f eir is suggesting razor the golf course that traps the lagoon wetlands between the golf course and others rising ocean with this
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plan have our wetlands will shrink and disappear san francisco is considering arming with magnificent puvenlg a agency a responsible solution to protect the golf course with the existing berm and continued penalty of perjury and salt intrusion salt participants are replacing the grass other than little northwest side will cost $30 million with the arming to protect the beach the sand need to be replaced with the cost in essence of $50 million a lot of money to protect one business a self-study cost analysis stated if you leave the wetlands alone they'll essentially be no cost future in allowed the beach and lagoon will exist by retreating natural
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naturally and only 4 to 5 feet levy in front of the realistic homes those homes will be better protected than by an armed wall sfpd will talks about protecting the wetlands this can be scientifically shown to be stripg them your preserving a golf course and destroying a eco system i'm being dramatic but everything can be shown to be scientifically proved i've lived there 2 two years and wachld that lagoon disappear and a healthy lagoon will not only impact the golf course blue realistic infrastructure and businesses in the area
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so i strongly, strongly urge out to please, please pull this thing in the f eir and do that right thank you. >> hello my name is frank in my association with the natural areas policeman began when i volunteered to plant plants on billy goat hill 20 volunteers and dedicate park employees spent half a day planting dozens of native plants we felt good about that, however, within 6 months many of the plants had begun to die within a year seems like all were overtaken by the other vegetation at the time owe wrote it off and participated in the
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second planting a software firm put in a lot of plants the result was the same equip for two oak trees that i thrived over that period everything else died for a plan to be successful a metabolism of representation and a mechanism for available bans my experience i looked for and found little almost all the projects recommend planting native plan but what you wouldn't finds restoration plant will be revisit to determine mortality of the species verify the establishment of feed banks and look at it guidance for future planting simply this on billy
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goat more life vegetation a lot of people talked about the forecast i have problems i'm in support of maintenance alternative and the one for one replacement is pie in the sky it assumes zero mortality because of this kind of program have performance statements as much as replacement trees will be recame down over 5 and 10 years integrals and this is such after 10 years one herbicides and pesticides are dangerous some more so are dangerous can't apply the chemicals to dangerous they require special protective clooekt this is in crack to kids and cats and births and other wildlife after the specialist
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left the area in short the plans lacks the accountability i don't see how you can certificate this document until accountable standards or excluded to insure that pursuant use of taxpayers resources thank you. >> thank you and. >> next speaker, please. >> calling - >> i'm hi doctor victor as i said in the overflow room and left hand to all the comments i noticed that in general those who support the natural areas program tend to be government employees, a.m. r academia or
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political connected nonprofit many oppose tends to be long term san francisco resident like myself people that use the parks everyday and walk amongst the trees those are the people that can't afford to lose a day earns the bathroom, is no popular with the common san franciscan about a year and a half ago my dog go into the round up that was freshmen separate in glen park and consecutively i'm against the use of round up on our public land and opted to the eir as it is currently written it does still you know let those things be used and if you have to approve it please do the maintenance option instead mr.
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and mrs. please stop that destruction of trees and please stop spraying in the name of nature area a study by the stanford university conducted concluded that grasslands are doomed in the warming trends they hope to find that grasslands can safe us sequester the only answer to global warming to reducing the emissions and planting for trees in a plan to replace carbon sequestering trees what shrubs and california oaks to a certain extent this is a species dying off in california it is a different environment than the 1800s please don't pass that plan thank you.
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>> good afternoon, commissioners my name is paul i'm a president of the pacifica historic of historical society i want to address the sharp park question from a historical perspective i'll leave the science that is discussed for many years to others in 1929 when the san francisco city father's were looking for someone to build the new golf course on the coast of the san mateo couldn't they hired the greatest living golf architect in the world alastair was in the process of
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revolutionizing the way the game was played and now considered one of the most influential architect in the history of the game the course he designed agency sharp park is an absolute jewel a showcase of his touches the magnificent sightlines of horizons the wide fairways and rolling hills like all mckenzie courses that offers a game enjoyable so for the average player challenging for more talented golfer this remember is a municipal course open to all players not a pampered private country club course for over 80 years sharp park has been the most democrat graphically
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diversity if i had recreational opportunities in the bay area sharp park is now in the best shape i've seen it in years the work having been done on the course is successful and i might add that the frogs are thriving. >> mckenzie genus is for equivalent than ever we congratulate the city. the historic national treasure and encourage you not to separate sharp park from the natural resources management plan thank you >> okay. i'll say is good evening laura paw my name is tim i'm a homeowner up on mountain
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davidson in fact, my property line touches the natural areas program part of mountain i'm very concerned of the cutting of the trees up on mountain davidson and urge you to go the route of the maintenance option while other cities are planting thousands and thousands of trees all over the world our city choose to cut them down to try to bring down the mountain prespanish i think we can't go back the trees form like many others in the audience have said that is a recess pies from city knowledge even if you're in the in the forest you look at up at the cross and the trees it is calming. >> i want to bring up that nap has been less than transparent they've not reached out to the
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citizens up on mountain davidson what they want to do with the forest and with our new president we'll be spending a lot of money on cutting down trees one agency rec and park that is cutting trees down another agency spending a lot of money to plant trees what's wrong with that picture not good to rush into judgment you're probably under a lot of pressure to pass that i want to say to you what looks good at the moment and all the experts i've
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been here since 1 o'clock pass this pass this what will the people in 20 or thirty years what were they thinking coming out u cutting down trees to plant shrubs back to the 1950s the double deckerer we had experts saving this is the best thing since bread this is the total sloth under urban rule those railroad excellent ideas at the time and pushed by a lot of people but look what they did to whole community and vic arena homes torn down for urban rule i ask you think he go into our cells and minds is this 9 right
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thing to do thank you. >> good evening, commissioners i'm rudolph for the record live in coal valley and go the internal of the belt i'm not a government employee not employed by and nonprofit but urge you to vote to certify the eir and approve that plan i believe that people have a sincere love of in each, however, you've heard obligations that the natural program is jen phonetic or racist well, i'm an immigrant i love the wildlife in california i understand the non-native species have here eucalyptus and blackberry will
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not be - we don't have to ignore our native areas chugging that didn't comply i hope you'll reject that hyperbole this is managed to the rec and park test management program that has a regular refuse with the extensive public input not to manage that 240 the management plan or the eir itself very little san francisco original landscape has thrived in the state and maybe 3 percent of city still retains representation of the bay area that makes that a diversity hot spot 20 years ago the city began the approach to preserve and
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restore those for san franciscans to experience the fall environments in the city that management plan is very well-thought-out and it is for school children's and all the vs. that work in the restoration project i urge you to approve the management plan and thank you for all the time you've spent here today. >> mc-3 my name is matt i think i have a perspective that might be laboratory unique i've spent hundred and hundreds of hours the last 6 years of my working with the nap and the urban forestry department and i agree with the last speaker this
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is not a clear-cut issue of you know native good non-native bad and this is isn't a radical mission to x mat all the trees many trees will be left for you to enjoy i'd like to there that there are a lot of species on mount davidson less chars masklike the wildflowers you may see for 3 months out of year that are persisted and the most threatened and that we we knew about them more there is more
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common ground we appreciate nature i think more outreach and thoses those places will be used as an educational space there's a lot of passion but they'll remain open as multi use areas i would say that a lot of the trees on mount davidson are old they have lifespan of around one and 20 years and these trees are aging impacted by drought and disease and they didn't receive maintenance as they were growing so they're not very structurally sound they're on trails which put people realistic i hope you tree lovers don't go up there they - whether or

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