Due to age and Armillaria root rot, trees in the Presidio’s forest along West Pacific Avenue are rapidly declining. We are replacing dying trees with McNab cypress and Sargents cypress, along with toyon, manzanita, coyote bush, and ceanothus in the understory. To date, 1100 trees have been planted over the course of ten phases.
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About Reforestation in the Presidio
Our revitalization of the Presidio forest, planted by the U.S. Army beginning in the 1880s, began in 2003. Since that time, 40 acres all around the park have been replanted with 5,000 young trees.
Reforestation has contributed to an uptick in bird diversity in the Presidio, a clear indication of a sustainable ecosystem. Dying trees also often get a second life in the park, repurposed as benches, fencing, and even artworks like
Andy Goldsworthy's Spire,
Wood Line, and
Tree Fall, viewed by thousands of Presidio visitors each year.
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