(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following relates to several other Riptide posts on Sharp Park Golf Course. You can find all of our posts on this topic in the ENVIRONMENT and SPORTS categories, as well as in our ARCHIVES, both on the left sidebar.)
There have been many press releases and stories that have inaccurately described the scope of the Sierra Club's participation in this lawsuit. The letter below—as sent to the San Francisco Examiner—correctly circumscribes the Club's position.
Conservation Committee Chair
Loma Prieta Chapter
Thank you for your story covering our efforts to protect the endangered California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake from dying off due to mismanagement of the Sharp Park golf course. The Sierra Club’s goal in pursuing litigation is to ensure that the city of San Francisco follows scientific recommendations and takes action to protect the threatened animals. However, the Sierra Club has not specifically endorsed removal of the golf course, as your piece states. Saving the animals’ habitat may require the city to remove the golf course, or the city may find a way to run the facility while protecting the habitat. We will be satisfied with whichever course of action truly ensures the survival of these important species.
Sierra Club Deputy Executive Director