Battery East Project

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Date: November 13, 2009
Contact: Dan Collman, (415) 561-2819

Approximately 123 aged, unsafe, and non-historic eucalyptus, Monterey Cypress and pine trees (some hazardous and some diseased) will be removed in this area over a period of approximately three weeks beginning next week or the following week (mid-November 2009). 

Battery East, a historic 1870s seacoast fortification lies partially buried under the forest to the north of the Battery East Parking Lot and the new Bay Trail. Tree removal will achieve several beneficial effects:

• Better preserve the historic fortification from root damage, and reveal its complex earthworks for public appreciation;

• Make the area safer by removing trees that have been certified by licensed arborists to have a high risk of falling or shedding limbs;

• Open up the once-expansive view of the Golden Gate;

• Create potential habitat for the coastal scrub ecosystem that once thrived on these slopes.

Equipment that may be used include large and small wood chippers, trucks of varying sizes (including diesel tractor trucks), chain saws, and possibly a crane, skid steer, and stump grinder.

There will be no public road closures, but trail closures and reroutes include: Administration Trail from Building 989 to Battery East, Andrews Road (the Bay Trail along Battery East Parking lot). All of these trails will be temporary closures (not the entire time) and have reroutes that will have signage.  The expected staging areas for this project will be the south end of Battery East Parking Lot, and the area just east to northeast of the parking lot.

No work will be performed prior to 8:00 a.m. and no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the NPS project manager, Dan Collman, at (415) 561-2819 or

Thank you for your patience while we work to make the park a safer place for visitors and help protect our cultural resources.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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