Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

Mount Sutro is home to a vibrant, 61-acre open space reserve owned by UCSF nestled amongst the trees in the heart of San Francisco.

Mount Sutro is home to a vibrant, 61-acre open space reserve owned by UCSF nestled amongst the trees in the heart of San Francisco.

UCSF is committed to maintaining the Reserve as an important natural resource for San Franciscans and takes seriously its responsibility to keep the site safe and accessible.

To preserve the beauty, safety and accessibility of Mount Sutro, UCSF Facilities Services performs ongoing general maintenance throughout the Reserve and its trails. UCSF has two certified arborists on staff who are dedicated to preserving the beauty of the natural environment.

Ongoing general maintenance of the Mount Sutro Summit, trails, roadways and areas adjacent to structures and neighboring homes includes:
Goats chewing on shrubbery

UCSF brings in goat herds to help control vegetation growth on Mount Sutro. Photo by Susan Merrell

Removal of storm debris, downed trees or branches, hazardous trees, broom, trash, and campsites

Management of overgrown vegetation
Bi-annual removal of invasive sprouts
Scheduled tree pruning
Drain clearing
Security patrol

In line with our commitment to a healthy and sustainable Reserve, we discontinued the use of herbicides in 2008. All work is performed using hand and mechanical tools or goats to control vegetation growth.

Our regular maintenance is independent of the Reserve management plan that is currently being developed and the fire mitigation and hazardous tree removal projects performed as necessary to respond to potentially dangerous conditions in the Reserve.

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