Our sporadic winter storms have brought to light valid reasons for forest management and tree thinning on Mount Sutro. Hanging high above some of our heavily used trails is a web of tangled trees and broken limbs, some dead and some uprooted, all waiting to come crashing down.
Anyone who has spent a few days in the forest during hot weather has heard the sound of a sharp crack followed by a huge crash as a eucalyptus sheds a branch to conserve the little moisture it struggles to live off.
If you aren't a hiker, cyclist, or trail user, you need not concern yourself. On the other hand if you enjoy your open space experiences you should consider supporting the management of our urban forests including the thinning of the dead and dying trees to make way for another generation of forest trees.
Some of you may recall what the Sierra looked like before the beetle infestation killed the pines, and the subsequent fires turned the rich forest into charred matchsticks.
If you have seen the eucalyptus that have died recently like the cluster along the NIKE Road, then you should recognize the mounting danger. Many of the largest trees on the mountain have been affected from the Interior Greenbelt to the western slopes.
We can work to minimize the impact of fire through management, but not without it. Please consider all of this when the subject arises next. CD