Mary McAllister 
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Re: “The Eucalyptus Is Part of California

Thanks to the East Bay Express for publishing this op-ed. Exaggerated claims of the flammability of non-native plants and trees are one of many strategies used by native plant advocates to support their demands for their destruction. The fact is, California’s native ecosystems are adapted to and dependent on fire. What do we see burning on the television news? Usually grassland which ignites easily and through which fire travels quickly and sometimes native chaparral, especially in Southern California. These are the vegetation types that native plant advocates are trying to reintroduce to the San Francisco Bay Area, usually with little success.

Bay Area residents should be more concerned about poisoning our watershed than the unlikely prospect of a fire that will ignite tall trees.

And in answer to the fellow who asks what will replace the trees? Since these projects don’t intend to plant ANYTHING, we should assume that non-native weeds are the most likely replacement, although native plant advocates have a fantasy that natives that haven’t existed in the hills for over one hundred years will magically appear without being planted.

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Posted by Mary McAllister on 07/25/2013 at 12:37 PM

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