The Newspaper of the San Francisco Bay Chapter
November - December 2007
San Francisco nature news
Natural Areas Plan moves forward
On Oct. 4, San Francisco's Recreation and Park Commission finally awarded a contract for environmental analysis of the Significant Natural Areas Management Plan. In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, the consultants will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report to analyze the full environmental impacts of the plan. This is an important part of the planning process to ensure that stewardship recommendations for managing our precious natural areas are held to the highest standards of sound science and best practices. Thanks to everyone who wrote letters of support or attended the hearing.
Urban Forest Plan
After years of prodding by the Urban Forestry Council, the San Francisco Planning Department is moving ahead with a Request for Proposals to develop a comprehensive Urban Forest Plan. This plan will focus on San Francisco's green infrastructure. Besides establishing policies and best practices for managing and enhancing the existing urban forest, the plan will recommend ways to increase tree coverage and undergrowth diversity along streets and wildlife corridors and on appropriate public lands. The plan presents positive opportunities for inter-agency coordination, such as with the Department of Public Works in conjunction with the "Better Streets" initiative, with the city Public Utilities Commission's Integrated Watershed Management Program, and with the School District's Green Schoolyard Program.
To get updates on either of these important planning processes, or to find out how to get involved, check out the Open Space and Natural Areas pages on the San Francisco Group's web site.
© 2007 San Francisco Sierra Club Yodeler
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