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Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Proposed Demonstration Area Project. March 24, 2010. Agenda. Welcome/Background/Update Agenda Overview 2001 Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Management Plan Management Actions since 2001 Demonstration Area Community Feedback Next Steps

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Mount sutro open space reserve

Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

Proposed Demonstration Area Project

March 24, 2010


Mount sutro open space reserve

Agenda

  • Welcome/Background/Update

  • Agenda Overview

  • 2001 Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Management Plan

  • Management Actions since 2001

  • Demonstration Area

  • Community Feedback

  • Next Steps

  • Proposed Trail Markers


2001 mount sutro open space reserve management plan

2001 Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Management Plan


Mount sutro open space reserve

Mount Sutro Open Space

  • Forest planted by Adolph Sutro in 1886

  • In 1976, UC Regents designated the forest as permanent open space, which was reaffirmed in subsequent UCSF plans

  • Forest includes 61 acres owned by UC; other parts owned by city and private owners


Mount sutro open space reserve

1996 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP)

  • Based on community concerns, LRDP called for preparation of a plan to investigate an appropriate maintenance and restoration program for UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

  • In 2001, UCSF prepared Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Management Plan with 3 years of input and review by the community


Community input on 2001 plan

Community Input on 2001 Plan

  • 1998-99 Community Advisory Group (sub-committee meetings)

  • June 2000—community meeting

  • August 2000—working session on phased management strategy

  • October 2000--working session on phased management strategy

  • December 2000—community meeting

  • March 2001—planning session/feedback on draft plan

  • June 2001—community meeting


Mount sutro open space reserve

2001 Management Plan

  • Existing Conditions

  • Most of forest unhealthy and in decline

  • Coastal climate—fog drip much of the year; in fall high temperatures, low humidity and winds from the northeast increase vulnerability to wildfire

  • Different microclimates (north and east slopes are more moist; south and west slopes are more dry)

  • Wildfire hazard is greatest on south facing slopes and near buildings


Mount sutro open space reserve

2001 Management Plan

  • Objectives:

    • Ensure public safety/property protection

    • Improve health of forest

    • Protect/expand native plants

    • Enhance wildlife habitat

    • Maintain scenic quality

    • Improve public access

    • Implement Management Plan

  • Framework, not blueprint, for managing Reserve


Mount sutro open space reserve

2001 Management Plan

  • Phase 1 of long-term management program

  • Five types of actions:

    • Hazardous tree removal

    • Eucalyptus thinning

    • Conversion planting

    • Native plant restoration/enhancement

    • Trail system improvements

  • Phase 1 actions in 32 various acres of Reserve

  • Annually phased work

  • Adaptive management strategy


Mount sutro open space reserve

Management Actions Since 2001


Mount sutro open space reserve

Management Plan Actions Taken Since 2001

  • Priority 1 actions complete (7 of 9):

  • Crestmont-Christopher, and Lower Medical Center Way Hazardous Tree removal

  • Installation of Rotary Meadow, a native plant demonstration area on the summit; funded by $100,000 grant from Rotary Club (combination of 3 Management Plan actions)

  • Aldea Screen Planting

  • Cleared and improved trails through the efforts of Mount Sutro Stewards


Management plan actions taken since 2001

Management Plan Actions Taken Since 2001

Priority 2 actions complete (1 of 4):

  • Edgewood, Surge Hazardous Tree removal

    Priority 3 actions complete (3 of 7):

  • Upper Medical Center Way, East Aldea and Chancellor’s Residence Hazardous Tree removal


Mount sutro open space reserve

Additional Actions Taken Since 2001

  • Slope stabilization and native planting on hillside slide (due to water pipe break) site above Medical Center Way

  • Tree and brush removal for construction of Regeneration Medicine Building

  • Mount Sutro Stewards’ historical trail restoration

  • Non-UCSF project: SF Public Utilities Commission pump house and pipeline project


Mount sutro open space reserve

Demonstration Project


Proposed goals and objectives

Proposed Goals and Objectives

  • SAFE

  • HEALTHY

  • AESTHETIC

  • USABLE


Mount sutro open space reserve

SAFE

Reduce fuel load and potential for devastating wildfire

Provide emergency response access

Remove hazardous trees near trails, roads and structures

Improve trailside visibility

Provide long-term maintenance


Healthy

HEALTHY

Reduce competition among trees (increase growing space, soil/ plant moisture and fertility)

Remove diseased and unhealthy trees

Create uneven tree ages

Increase tree species diversity

Remove vines from tree trunks

Monitor and sustain health of forest


Aesthetic

AESTHETIC

Maintain a forested setting

Maintain attractive, healthy trees

Improve visibility within forest

Provide views beyond forest


Usable

USABLE

Maintain adequate path and trailside clearance

Place logs for seating along trails and to close unauthorized trails

Modify steep trail segments with switchbacks

Enrich habitat and outdoor experience


Mount sutro open space reserve

Examples of Other Projects


Highway 1 13 curves point reyes national seashore

Highway 1 “13 Curves”Point Reyes National Seashore

Before

After

  • Issues:

  • Fire safe access/egress/use for highway travelers

  • Enhance native bird habitat

  • Contain loss of native plants

  • Reduce damage to riparian systems


  • Highway 1 13 curves continued

    Highway 1 “13 Curves”continued

    • Prescriptions:

  • Remove ground and ladder fuels

  • Remove saplings under 10” in diameter

  • Treat stumps with Garlon

  • Remove subordinate trunks of multi-trunk trees

  • Clear trunks of loose bark, debris 10’ off ground

  • Results:

  • Very low return of understory to date

  • No tree failures due to thinning

  • No transfer of herbicide to adjacent trees


  • Camino del canyon near muir woods national monument

    Camino Del CanyonNear Muir Woods National Monument

    • Issues:

  • Fire safe access/egress for residents

  • Reinforce/enhance defensible space

  • Preserve historic tree alignment

  • Contain loss of native plants

  • Prevent regrowth without herbicides

  • Before

    After


    Camino del canyon continued

    Camino Del Canyoncontinued

    • Prescriptions:

  • Remove ground and ladder fuels

  • Remove saplings under 10” in diameter

  • Raise crowns to 10’+ above ground

  • Clear trunks of loose bark, debris up to 10’

  • Cover stumps with black plastic, wood chips

  • Results:

  • More open, accessible and safe forest

  • Removed 60% of eucalyptus stems

  • Stump kill was fully effective on covered stumps

  • Understory of poison oak, blackberry returned


  • Dominican college

    Dominican College

    • Issues:

  • Fire safe emergency access/evacuation routes

  • Fire hazard reduction for surrounding community

  • Reduction of ignition risks

  • Reduction of fire intensity/rate of spread

    • Prescriptions:

  • Remove ground and ladder fuels

  • Thin trees for equipment maintenance

  • Remove saplings under 8” in diameter

  • Clear trunks of loose bark, debris to 10’

  • Clear debris around remaining trees

  • No herbicides used

  • Before


    Dominican college continued

    Dominican Collegecontinued

    • Results:

    • Nearby fire subsequent to treatment was easily suppressed at site

    • Flat area maintained with small tractor

    • Hillside not maintained and remains hazardous

    • No tree failures with thinning

    After


    Vista tiburon

    Vista Tiburon

    • Issues:

    • Reduce fire threat to surrounding homes

    • Remove or safety prune hazard trees

    • Reinforce and enhance defensible space

    • Preserve screening for higher residents

    • Preserve privacy for residents

    • Enhance habitat with native trees/shrubs

    • Retain forested setting

    Before


    Vista tiburon1

    Vista Tiburon

    • Prescriptions:

    • Remove ground and ladder fuels

    • Remove subordinate eucalyptus reproduction

    • Raise crowns to 10’ above grade

    • Clear trunks of loose bark and debris to 10’

    • Prevent stump regrowth with herbicides

    • Cut sprout growth and kill stumps regularly

    • Results:

    • Removed 44% of eucalyptus stems

    • Stump kill was 100% - treatment unknown

    • 40% of replacement vegetation survived

    After


    East bay regional park district

    East Bay Regional Park District

    • Issues:

  • Safety of campground/trail users

  • Pleasing aesthetics-open landscape

    • Prescriptions:

  • Remove ground and ladder fuels

  • Thin forest

  • Use of herbicides on stumps and poison oak

  • Use of goats in surrounding area

  • Replant with native oaks

  • Annual maintenance of trees

  • Before


    East bay regional park district continued

    East Bay Regional Park Districtcontinued

    • Results:

  • Reduced potential for campfire spread-horizontally and vertically

  • Open understory

  • No poison oak

  • Mixed forest with natives

  • After

    After


    Mount sutro open space reserve

    Proposed Trail Markers


    Need intersection or trail markers for clear direction and safety evidence of not staying on trail

    Need intersection or trail markers for clear direction and safety. Evidence of not staying on trail.


    Trail damage just before junction cutting trail

    Trail damage just before junction, cutting trail.


    Need intersection trail marker these are not trails

    Need intersection/trail marker. These are not trails.


    Schedule

    Schedule


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