600,000 TREES BITE THE DUST

Cecile Pineda’s Newsletter: 600,000 Trees to Bite the Dust

Date: 2016-05-22 15:02
From: Cecile Pineda

** For some time, although most residents of the East Bay Region have been unaware of it (and kept in the dark), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated plans to cut 600,000 trees from the East Bay ridge;. The plan includes areas stretching from Richmond through Hayward and some portions of Contra Costa County. The stumps, 600,000 of them, are to be treated twice a year for a ten-year period with Garlon and Glyphosate, cancer-causing products manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto., which will leach into run off, ground water, and eventually major bodies of water.

What constitutes tree-shaded wilderness with thousands of miles of trails are to be converted into grasslands. Actualized, the plan will result in severe erosion (it has already caused significant damage along certain stretches of Highway 13 which coincidentally runs on top of the San Andreas Fault); it will raise the regional temperature and reduce moisture in the soils; it will adversely affect animal, bird, bat, butterfly and insect habitat; and it will not reduce fire hazard, although that of course is the rationale advanced to justify such a radical plan.

And, like the national movement to disappear library books (covered in my last newsletter) this plan to strip away wilderness extends to other areas of California as well.

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** Regional Park Meeting
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Last Tuesday, May 17, the Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Parks held a meeting at their headquarters. Public Comments were restricted to 3 minutes per speaker. I share my 3-minutes worth of comments below:

I am here today because it’s the 10^th anniversary of Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” According to NASA’s report last week, the planet’s air has gone beyond the tipping point of 350 PPM and now stands at 400 PPM. No humans have ever existed before in this kind of atmosphere.

Atmosphere is a fancy word for the air you breathe, the Board members of the EBRPD breathes, and all the people in this Board Room room breathe. It is the air all living organisms on Earth breathe: marine animals, plants, and, including the soil bacteria and the bees which allow us and all other living
things to eat.

There is no separate air conditioning for members of regional governments, city governments, and national governments. There is no separate air for the CEOs of Monsanto and Dow Chemical. The one thing left on Earth that remains democratic is air—the air everyone breathes.

We need full disclosure. What dollar amounts does the budget show for the Dow and Monsanto contracts negotiated by the EBRPD for this project? What does the budget show of the profits from the sale of wood chips and lumber to markets in China and Japan from this project?

The trees are the common property of all the citizens of the East Bay. They are our wilderness. As its owners, we have the right to determine the disposition of our property. We need to know who benefits from the destruction mandated by the FEMA clearcutting program affecting Richmond all the way to and including
Hayward and Contra Costa. We will use every means at our disposal to find out.

This planet is not the home of unlimited growth; it must not become the home of unlimited destruction. This is not the moment to pollute our already polluted soils, watershed, and larger bodies of water with Dow and Monsanto cancer-causing chemicals. We’ve been there, done that.

Which is why—if all living things are to avoid death by choking—we need to plant MORE trees. Trees are the lungs by which this home we live in breathes. This is not the place to cut 400,000 trees, not including the 200,000 more trees the UC has under its jurisdiction. Maybe on another planet. But not this one.
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** MORE INFORMATION:
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** Good Overviews and Resources:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=8e56693d7b&e=cc6800312c

http://wingspress.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=6725d906dc&e=cc6800312c (http:// http://wingspress.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=9ff4762c34&e=cc6800312c)

The Science:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=0c2df8b201&e=cc6800312c

History and Toxicology:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=1897c88d62&e=cc6800312c

The Lawsuit and More History:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=faad1e3a55&e=cc6800312c

Art Action and More Science:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=e9ff87ab02&e=cc6800312c

Forest Photos and More Resources:
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=3850ef8de0&e=cc6800312c

Fire Hazards: conservation biologist David Theodoropoulos, retired firefighter Dave Maloney,
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=3ac699538d&e=cc6800312c
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** High Burning Fuel (includes pictorial evidence):
http://wingspress.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=3a6f87dcd1&e=cc6800312c

August 2015 Hills Conservation Network protest against Sierra Club’s FEMA-supporting lawsuit: http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=f7209f79e8&e=cc6800312c
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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

SIGN ALL THREE PETITIONS:
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** Oakland-specific petition (almost 65,000 signatures already): http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=9604e9b2e6&e=cc6800312c
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** Hills Conservation Network-specific petition: http://wingspress.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=45fff7b970&e=cc6800312c
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** Million Trees, SF Forest Alliance – Sierra Club-specific petititon: http://wingspress.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=029b12acb80c80346c4f97272&id=b86ab08666&e=cc6800312c
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** SUPPORT LEGAL ACTION: hillsconservationnetwork.org
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** JOIN: eastbayhills@googlegroups.com (mailto:eastbayhills@googlegroups.com)
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