Plum Tree Removal at Fort Mason (SF) - Dec 2016

November 18, 2016 Posted by: GGNRA Public Affairs
As part of the park's efforts to maintain the historic cultural landscape of Fort Mason and reduce water usage in the park we will be planting 3,000 native plants at the entrance to upper Fort Mason (see below for a plant list).

In March 2017, crews will begin removing sod, adjusting irrigation lines, and installing native plant seedlings at the entrance to Upper Fort Mason (intersection of Franklin and Bay Streets).

The project will last through April.

Impacts during the project include: narrowing of the road into Fort Mason; possible brief delays entering the park from Franklin or Bay Streets; and reduced parking.

Please be aware of flaggers and crews at work in this zone.   


Heteromeles arbutifolia

Iris douglasiana 

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. thyrsiflorus

Sidalcea malviflora 

Angelica hendersonii 

Erigeron glaucus

Artemisia californica 

Artemisia douglasiana

Eriogonum latifolium

Rubus ursinus

Achillea millefolium

Frangula californica

Holodiscus discolor

Mimulus aurantiacus 

Ribes sanguineum

Armeria maritima 
Lupinus chamissonis
Ericameria ericoides
Symphyotrichum chilense  

Anaphalis margaritacea


In December 2016, GGNRA removed plum trees at the Fort Mason entrance that had reached the end of their lifespan.

The trees (Prunus cerasifera) were planted after the creation of GGNRA and exceeded their typical lifespan. Within the last 5 years, the plums had begun to die back and shed limbs, indicating they are well into decline. 
Removing the trees re-established a historic view to the Chapel along Franklin Street. Overgrown yews that flank either side of the Chapel entrance door will also be removed and replaced. The project will also remove about 7,000 sq ft of turf.
By establishing this low water plant community at the park's headquarters entrance, we are signalling our commitment to environmental sustainability. We will also replace the irrigation system with a much more efficient model and expect to be able to stop all watering in the entry area within 5 years.
These before-and-after renderings were developed by the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation as a treatment recommendation included in the 2012 Cultural Landscape Report Volume II.

before and after view of FOMA

Last updated: November 18, 2016

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