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Re: “East Bay Environmentalists at Odds Over Future of Eucalyptus Trees

Thank you for this article. Sierra Club does not seem to know that almost all fire, like the 1991 firestorm starts in grasslands, which is most of what we will have left when the FEMA plan is finished.

Not one tree is scheduled for "restoration." While our native trees are dying, the magnificent Eucalyptus, Acacias, Monterey Pines are thriving in the drought. Eagles and raptors prefer Eucs for nesting.

EBMUD and others know that the most flammable tree her is the native Bay Laurel, while Eucs are fire resistant and there are plenty of photos showing them standing after firestorms destroyed houses from fire started by arson in grasslands.

Monsanto and Dow will benefit from planned herbiciding for years.

The issue really is, the way things are now scheduled, our rare and beautiful East Bay Hills wilderness parks and public land are being clearcut and poisoned, and we will be left with highly flammable grasslands. And the only real reason is money.

Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 07/07/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 5, 2015

Considering the massive amounts of lies and misinformation being spread by the EBRP, UC, Monsanto, Libby Schaaf, and all who will benefit from clear-cutting half a million of our East Bay hills trees, to be followed by massive herbiciding for decades (EBRPs actually called the poison Garlon "Garland" in a response to a concerned citizen), Mr. Booker's comment sounds like one more in a pile. Ask the eagles and hawks and other raptors why they need and prefer Eucalyptus to nest in.

The Eucs are doing just fine. Our native oaks and bays have Sudden Oak Death, and the poor redwoods along Hwy 13 are dying. (Cal Trans has ignored requests for thirty years to stop the Hedera Canariensis from smothering our trees, but instead they are on a massive healthy tree-killing campaign, as can be seen on the east side, between Redwood Road and Park Blvd. Meanwhile, 40 huge and healthy redwoods have been killed in little Dimond Park, for no apparent reason, so it's not just Eucs being targeted.……………

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 08/06/2015 at 8:58 PM

Re: “FEMA Approves Funds to Thin Trees in East Bay Hills, Rather than Clear-Cutting

What is dangerous is believing lies and myths that will affect all of us who live in the East Bay. When these forests are gone, it will be too late -- especially when the fires will start as a result of massive barren dry grasslands.

We are not forgetting anything. We just don't believe the convenient myths being used to make millions off destroying our precious parks.

Actually, the Eucalyptus are not dangerous. It's the opposite. They help prevent and control fire. Their height precipitates inches of water out of the fog every year, wetting the ground and the plants around them. They also create a windbreak that prevents the high winds fueling fires. The fires, often caused by arson, start in the grasslands.

We lose these magnificent trees, and we lose the raptors who prefer them. We further damage the survival of monarch butterflies and the many other animals who need and use them.

Best to get your information from those without an invested monetary interest.

There are many more excellent articles at this site, refuting the common myths about Eucalyptus.………

When we are talking about the death of at least 100,000 trees and massive poisoning our parks, destroying countless native animals, and permanently damaging the earth and other plants with heavy machinery, all to make money and without our right to vote, it's essential to not repeat dangerous myths.

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 03/20/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “FEMA Approves Funds to Thin Trees in East Bay Hills, Rather than Clear-Cutting

This is a tragedy and it's horrifying that people believe it's better than the original plan. Instead of our rare urban East Bay Parks with beautiful enormous old trees, we will have poisoned arid land, our parks destroyed, and the wild animals who rely on these healthy non-native trees also being killed. Eagles and hawks and other raptors prefer eucalyptus for nesting because of the height and openness of the branches. These trees also PREVENT fire by precipitating inches of moisture from fog each year.

We are not allowed to vote on saving our own parks.

I went to the first meeting with FEMA where it was mostly men in business suits. This is all about the money, and people living here will be paying Monsanto and whoever else is killing our parks. Meanwhile, our native trees are diseased and dying. Who in their right mind would kill these beautiful exotic trees?

For those who want all non-natives dead, start with your own yards with fruit trees, vegetable gardens, roses, etc., and then finish with yourselves.

Read the truth:…

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 03/12/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley to Kill Thousands of Gophers and Squirrels; Number of College Students Seeking Financial Aid Soars

We are lucky that any animals live at the old dump that is this park. It's ridiculous to say the squirrels are causing toxins to leak into the bay when there is absolutely no restriction on what is flushed or washed into the bay. Most people flush toxic chemicals into the bay as do government agencies, including spraying pesticides right next to the bay and directly in the bay.

The California Ground Squirrel, like their cousins the Prairie Dogs, have language. They are amazingly intelligent animals and build interesting villages, complete with sentries to protect everyone. They have separate names they call out for specific predators. And they support many other species, including the Burrowing Owls. No squirrels, no owls. The squirrels are under siege everywhere in the Bay Area, as are the many species who rely on them for survival. Note how the reports keep repeating the word "rodent" as if it's a slur. (The gophers are slated for murder also.)

The article mentions dogs being a problem, but though the leashed areas are constantly violated and the Burrowing Owls are attacked by dogs as their owners look on, nothing has ever been done to stop the dogs. Instead, they want to kill a native animal already under siege. (Enforcing leash laws or banning dogs from just this one park would help solve this situation and would cost far less. The city could instead make money for citations, which again makes me think that this plan has nothing to do with water safety but is about someone getting kickbacks.)

The harassment of the people who feed the squirrels is outrageous also. They are primarily old and poor, and have named and known individual squirrels and their relatives going back generations. The usually wary squirrels know their humans and will sit on them and be petted. Both the humans and squirrels deserve to be loved and protected.

There is an ongoing destruction of our local parks while agencies and companies are making a fortune. A nearby squirrel and owl habitat on another bay landfill at the Albany Bulb is being heavily sprayed with poison and the trees are being cut down. A wildlife photographer friend who has loved that area for the hummingbirds says the hummingbirds are mostly gone now.

WHY is this being done to our parks? Why is there no vote or input from people allowed? How can we stop this?

Again, if there were real concern over toxins going into the bay, why not stop toxins flushed and washed down household and city drains and water leading to creeks into the bay, which are not regulated at all? For instance, stop all the pesticides used by and in the bay, creeks, land. (East Bay Regional Parks and other agencies spray right next to the bay.)

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 02/19/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley to Kill Thousands of Gophers and Squirrels; Number of College Students Seeking Financial Aid Soars

This plan is all about money and is completely hypocritical considering there is no restriction on the pesticiding in and by the bay, or on toxins flushed into the bay by most households and businesses.

The squirrels have been there for decades, and are no danger. As always, this is about money, as is the plan to clearcut much of our East Bay Parks.

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 02/19/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Cities Produce Far Fewer Greenhouse Gases

Plus it certainly would help if UC Berkeley and the East Bay Regional Parks, the roadside crews etc. would stop cutting down every tree possible.

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Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 01/15/2014 at 10:30 PM

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