Marilyn Goldhaber 
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Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Jack, Your link doesn't go to a FEMA report? It goes to something prepared by the cities of Oakland and Berkeley the year after the 1991 Fire. That's ok, it is a good report and I was pleased to see that many of the things recommended in it have been carried out.

I'm not sure you noticed that the quote you give "Do not target particular species such as Blue Gum . . . " was in the section on the urban environment--a recommendation for vegetation management within cities (near homes, schools, stores, etc.) (go look again).

I know this might seem like a minor point but I think the cities were saying not to change their urban tree policies in order to satisfy the needs of large scale wildland policies that were being formed.

In their wildland section, they say "Create and maintain fuel breaks on the wildlands along the urban-wildland interface. Use broad area treatment . . " and set up expert panels to guide the process. I believe this is what we have now with the current FEMA grant.

I enjoyed the link to your website. Great pictures. Thanks.

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Posted by Marilyn Goldhaber on 06/26/2015 at 5:32 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Oh, I just found another good source on the euc situation at Mt Sutro. Its from Bay Nature Magazine, a good source of eco journalism.

https://baynature.org/articles/san-francisco-dying-forest-waits-action/

Posted by Marilyn Goldhaber on 06/25/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

I don't know who "Save Mount Sutro Forest" is, as there is no About Us page. Just a person called "webmaster" who is not identified (not sure why?).

But, I found another group called the "Sutro Stewards" that might be a better source to dig a little deeper into the euc controversy over there. (One person's passion versus a coalition of people and organizations.) Just saying . . .

In any case, the webmaster quoted Joe Mc Bride as saying: “This response is common in blue gum as a mechanism to reduce transpiration rates in order to survive drought years . . . I am not convinced that the trees will die in large numbers” (regarding the withering eucs in the forest there).

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Posted by Marilyn Goldhaber on 06/25/2015 at 6:58 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

Kudos Sophie Ho for an excellent article. The first I have read on this complicated issue that gets everything right, all the facts, all the different positions of the groups. And, she doesn't take sides. Refreshing!

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Posted by Marilyn Goldhaber on 06/24/2015 at 4:56 PM

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