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Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is an ecological oasis in the heart of San Francisco. UCSF owns and manages 61 acres of Mount Sutro and San Francisco Recreation & Parks manages 20 acres on the east side as the open space reaches Stanyan Street. Mount Sutro Open Space currently has over 5.5 miles of multi-use trail, cared for and built predominantly by volunteers. Sutro Stewards works in collaboration with UCSF to maintain and manage the trails, habitat restoration and conservation sites, and on-site native plant nursery on the university's 61 acres.
The Mount Sutro Native Plant Nursery has been operating since 2013. The nursery works in conjunction with the conservation program to conserve the unique plant species of Mount Sutro, and grows additional species for habitat restoration on Mount Sutro to provide wildlife habitat and forage. The nursery propagates California native plant species sourced locally within the city of San Francisco. The plants are grown to be planted in conservation sites throughout the Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve. Extra plants are available for sale (see below) to the public for habitat gardens. Currently the nursery grows over 180 different species, and houses over 6,000 plants in total. The nursery also has a large demonstration garden to showcase native plants.