Blog Posts by Tinman
Here are blogged musings from our volunteers. Depending on how you access this collection, it will include posts about a specific site or about general issues. Click on the title bar of a post in order to open it up.
June 2009 [Mt Davidson]
Our enthusiastic group worked on the T-Rex site this month — so named because the winter storm a couple of years ago knocked down a number of trees in a fashion that looks like a T-Rex rampage was the cause.
The amazing result of this natural clearing is how much native stuff has quickly sprung back once the canopy was reduced and some sunlight could penetrate down to the ground. Now the calamagrostis grass, salal and ferns are most rapidly spreading to fill the empty spaces. In addition, we’ve found lots of wild rose that appears to be very happy now that it has some space to grow:
Right now, Mt D is particularly colorful because the red elderberry’s berries explain exactly how this native shrub/tree got its name:
Walk anywhere on the hill right now and you’ll see lots of elderberry.
Also impressive right now are the lady ferns:
Their fronds are shaped much like bracken fern, though they are much larger and have a more horizontal habit. Look for them along the paths on the north side.
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Send the Sharp Park Golf Course into GGNRA Receivership
This Thursday, April 30, at 1pm in Room 263 at City Hall, you’ll have your opportunity to tell the Board of Supervisors to stop wasting our tax dollars operating the money-losing Sharp Park golf course. The Government Audit and Oversight Committee will consider legislation “to develop a plan, schedule and budget for restoring Sharp Park habitat for the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake in conformance with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, and transferring Sharp Park to, or developing a joint management agreement with, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and making environmental findings”.
The reasons that the Sharp Park golf course is an expense that San Francisco can no longer maintain have been well exercised here. Check out this great perspective by Pacifica resident Ian Butler for another view.
Of all the potential fates of this golf course to be considered, incorporating it into the GGNRA makes by far the most sense — ecologically and financially. San Francisco residents and taxpayers need to come to tomorrow’s BOS meeting and push to make this happen!
2009-05-12 22:31:54 -0700, Golf Slut said:
You must be kidding. I understand that the environment must be protected and preserved to sustain a natural and healthy ecosystem, but to close this golf course in pursuit of that goal, absurd. I have had the opportunity to grow up in Pacifica and was fortunate enough to have had my first job, which I held through high school, at Sharp Park Golf Course. The lessons I have learned and relationships I have built at Sharps are invaluable. I would not be in the position I am in in my current career and life for that matter, have I hadn’t taken up the game of golf. Please do not proceed with this action, you are making a huge mistake.
2009-05-13 07:12:04 -0700, Tinman said:
Oh, no one is kidding here. The Board of Supervisors approved the legislation unanimously. Change is coming to Sharp Park.
2009-05-13 20:09:45 -0700, Golf Slut said:
It’s a crying shame. We sit back and complain of our children and future generations because they are inside playing video games, or chatting online, or texting. They need to be outside engaging with others, playing hide and seek beneath the street lights, kickball, golf. We’re going to find otherwise a future full of socially inept individuals attempting to lead communities, state governments and a nation. We are missing the point here my brothers and sisters, the importance of preserving and protecting this wonderful resource for outdoor activity and social interaction, face to face goes beyond a frog and a snake. “This land is your land, this land is my land…”
2009-05-13 21:32:03 -0700, Tinman said:
There are lots of places to golf on the peninsula where the courses don’t have all the “washing out to sea”, “flooding every winter”, and “killing endangered species” problems that the Sharp Park course does. The course is a toxic asset on the books of whoever has to pay for it, and it appears that finally San Francisco decision makers are figuring this out.