Brent Bucknam Residency @ the T.N.F.

Hyphae Design Laboratory
Brent Bucknam & Robert Glass


Dear Tenderloin National Forest Populace,

At the request of Congress and USDA, the U.S Forest Service has been tasked to develop an inventory of existing forest land, closing public access to certain forests and prioritizing infrastructure upgrade at other facilities. Due to previous under funding and urban forest potential, we are pleased to announce that the Tenderloin National Forest has been selected for infrastructure improvements and the creation of a field station.

Field stations vary in size from a few urban acres to thousands of acres spread across a remote landscape. Station facilities might range from trail networks to state-of-the-art laboratories. Whatever form individual field stations may take, they all share the same commitment to advancing our understanding of the Earth by supporting research, teaching, and public education. [OBFS: Organization of Biological Field Stations]

For the month of April, The U.S Forest Service has contracted, hyphae design lab, an oakland based environmental engineering firm, to be deployed on the forest. Dedicated to the expansion of the Tenderloin National Forest, a system of research and analysis tactics will record responses from the community and test potential outcomes. Rangers will hold daily drop-in idea hours where anyone can share stories, struggles, and suggestions through the lens of future urban prospects. Tasks are listed below.

Survey: Documentation of the facilities and utilities to catalogue the number of man-made and available natural resources.

Infrastructural Upgrade: Due to funding cuts, the assistance of local residents and volunteers is needed to bring the Forest to code.

Sanitation: Hyphae will also hold public toilet discussion and create mock-up rooms to bring light of the heightened need for restroom facilities in the district.

Exploration: Investigation into National Forest expansion will propose strategic acquisitions by cataloguing opportunities and constraints.

Institutionalize: Development of National Forest standard protocols, testing and training future park rangers to oversee the greater forest.


Daily Drop-In:
stop in for Q & A with the Field Station Staff April weekdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Public Toilet Workshop: share and test your ideas with community, artists, and engineers Thursday, April 12th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

National Forest Field Station Brainstorm:
join the planning team to map further expansion

Thursday, April 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tenderloin National Forest Field Station Workday Party:

volunteer your time and energy, then gather for around the pizza oven for congruous conversation Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Field Station Opening: First Thursday showcase Thursday, May 3rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

(Hours: Daily 12-5, closed Mondays)