Save 450,000 trees from clearcut!

$4,580 of $15k goal

Raised by 100 people in 24 months
Jack Gescheidt  SAN GERONIMO, CA

GOOD NEWS, dear friends of forests!:

1) The devastating plan to cut down over 450,000 healthy, mature trees in the Oakland and Berkeley hills in the San Francisco Bay Area has been halted (!) thanks to the successful, coordinated efforts of numerous citizens and local environmental groups.


2) Crucial lawsuits brought by local Berkeley environmental group, The Hills Conservation Network (HCN) helped save hundreds of acres of trees.  Their legal challenges succeeded on both the federal (FEMA) and state (CEQA) level.  READ MORE.

3) BUT other campaigns to cut down thousands of healthy, carbon-sequestering trees in the Bay Area continue, even now (March 2017) in San Francisco,  despite SF's environmentalist and progressive reputation.  LEARN MORE.

Why all the ongoing deforestation campaigns?  They are part of an ongoing, de facto War on Nature driven by a non-science ideology called Invasion Biology which non-scientifically labels wild plants and animals "native" and "non-native" — and (respectively) Good and Bad.  The bad "non-natives" are then targeted for eradication — e.g., cutting down thousands of healthy, productive trees, even if 100+ years old.  READ MORE.


The deforestation and habitat destruction usually includes spraying carcinogenic herbicides like Monsanto and Dow (and Syngenta, BASF, Dupont, Bayer, etc.).   THESE SAME GIANT CHEMICAL COMPANIES FUND AND SUPPORT SO-CALLED "INVASIVE" PLANT COUNCILS, getting government funds for their massive killing campaigns.  READ MORE.


In our era of human-caused climate change we desperately need MORE, not fewer, carbon-sequestering, shade-making, oxygen-producing trees.  All trees provide inumerable ecological benefit , no matter their country of origin.

100-year-old forests like the one below in Berkeley, CA, that are teeming with life, are portrayed as enemies to fear — and kill.  READ WHY.


Also, despite what you may have heard, eucalyptus trees are NOT a fire hazard.  This is another scare tactic; nativists use fear of wildfire to achieve prejudicial goals.  "Native" bay laurel trees contain MORE volatile oils in their leaves, grow closer to the ground than eucalyptus do, and thus are more easily ignited by fires in "native" grasses and shrubs — what creates recent wildfires in northern and southern California.

"Nativists" also routinely blame the infamous 1991 Oakland hills fire on eucalyptus trees — but it started in grasses and brush, then spread to houses.  Then trees of ALL species burned; victims of the fire, not its perpetrators.  Read the official 1992 FEMA report documenting these facts: http://treespiritproject.com/sfbayclearcut

Another false claim is that eucalyptus — AND ALSO Monterey Pine and Monterey Cypress — trees are  "invasive," an undefined and again NON-SCIENTIFIC term used to scare the public — and justify killing entire forests in massive, public-funded "restoration" projects.  After 150 years in California, eucalyptus have integrated into the ecosystem, supporting numerous other species of plants, birds, and mammals.  They are, simply trees,  contributing much to a healthy ecosystem.


Simplistic,  xenophobic fear-mongering is tragically not much different from what the Trump administration uses to stir fears of immigrants in American, a nation of proud immigrant heritage.  America's plants and trees, like its people, come from all over the world.

This ongoing GoFundMe fundraising campaign is devoted to educated an unsuspecting public about these issues, and end this War on Nature by giant chemical companies.  Their multi-million dollar advertising and public relations disinformation, tries to convince YOU, for example, that Monsanto Roundup, now the most widely used pesticide in history, is safe.  (It's not.)  LEARN MORE.

              DONATE NOW TO SAVE OUR FORESTS
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Help spread these truths, and save America's and the world's forests, by supporting this campaign.

Read the many new books & articles that dispel the destructive myths of Invasion Biology: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/InvasionBiology
 

YOU CAN HELP inform and inspire others to action; spread understanding for forests where there is now, tragically, fear of them.  Speak up for of our silent, life-giving allies, the trees,  with YOUR donation. 

THE GOALS OF THIS FUNDING CAMPAIGN:
Engage social and traditional media with information and TreeSpirit activisim and artwork to inform thousands more in the Bay Area, America, and the world about environmentally disastrous deforestation, killing, and poisoning plans — and their "nativist" roots;

Produce more community TreeSpirit rallies, panel presentations & photographs to draw public and media attention.  See examples: http://treespiritproject.com/tv

Document with still photgraphy and video what's happened so far, pending deforestations; warn other communities of deforestations spurred by hatred of eucalyptus trees & false claims of fire danger;

Pay support team: media & graphic professionals, filmmakers, sound technicians, and more, to document & educate people everywhere. 

Your donation empowers TreeSpirit Project  to work full-time on this effort in the Bay Area — and beyond California.  We must revere trees and forests all over.

SUPPORT THIS EFFORT & THESE TREES, with $5, $10,  $20, $50, $100 or more.  Share this campaign and this cause with your friends.  Crowd-sourcing joins our community together, in time to save these forests.  LEARN THE FACTS: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/SFBayClearcut

Join TreeSpirit's confidential email list to stay informed.  Names are never shared or sold: http://treespiritproject.com/participate

Trees and forests OF ALL SPECIES are precious friends, not enemies to be feared, and have been for thousands of years. Now they need your help.

For the trees, for all our sakes,

Jack Gescheidt
The TreeSpirit Project
TreeSpiritProject.com
jack-AT-treespiritproject-DOT-com
https://www.facebook.com/TreeSpiritProject

Trees purify the air; they also purify the mind . . . if you want to save your world, you must save the trees.
                                         – The Trees of Endor, J.R.R. Tolkien

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people. http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/SFbayClearcut 
                                                                                    - Bryce Nelson




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Update 8
Posted by Jack Gescheidt
5 months ago
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GOOD NEWS! A big win for trees, forests and environmental sanity!

A Federal judge has rejected FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding of deforestation planned by UC Berkeley, The City of Oakland, and East Bay Parks (EBRPD). These 3 groups will likely continue to advocate for the destruction of forests and regular use of toxic herbicides — erroneously citing fire danger and the safety of known toxins — but now it won't be with federal disaster funds.

READ the NEWS: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-j-winograd/fema-pulls-funding-for-oakland-berkeley-clear-cutting_b_12144372.html

READ MORE: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/SFbayClearcut
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Update 7
Posted by Jack Gescheidt
7 months ago
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Dear friends of trees,

Bring your friends to my next big public presentation on the clearcutting and herbiciding plan, and the ideology behind it:

2-4PM, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Redwood Gardens Apts. @ 2951 Derby St., Berkeley, CA.

Event page: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/events
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Update 6
Posted by Jack Gescheidt
9 months ago
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The activist community has protected thousands of trees from the planned deforestation, but UC Berkeley is about to again skirt environmental reviews and start cutting down thousands of trees and spraying gallons more herbicides (Dow Garlon™ and Monsanto Roundup™) this August (2016).

Join hundreds of citizens for a pep rally Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Berkeley for an update, and a shot in the arm of environmentalist activism. You can help save our precious urban forests and keep out the carcinogenic herbicides now routinely used. (Sadly, even the local Bay Area Sierra Club chapter wants to cut down trees and spray these toxins.)

It's up us all to show up, and show our strength, together. Tell your kids, years from now, you helped save the forests of Oakland and Berkeley from ignorance and fear!
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Update 5
Posted by Jack Gescheidt
12 months ago
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U.S. Forest Service study says eucalyptus trees should NOT be cut down — it could INCREASE fire danger!

This 2013 report was hidden from the public until now. It reveals the BIG LIE: that cutting down hundreds of thousands of eucalyptus (and acacia and pine) trees reduces fire danger in the Oakland and Berkeley hills.

“Removal of the eucalyptus overstory would reduce the amount of shading on surface fuels, increase the wind speeds to the forest floor, reduce the relative humidity at the forest floor, increase the fuel temperature, and reduce fuel moisture. These factors may increase the probability of ignition over current conditions.“ - U.S. Forest Service report on East Bay hills deforestation plan
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$4,580 of $15k goal

Raised by 100 people in 24 months
Created March 30, 2015
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Scott Campbell
3 months ago(Monthly Donation)
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James Feichtl
3 months ago

Thank-you Jack for all your work on this issue.

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Scott Campbell
4 months ago(Monthly Donation)
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adrian nichol
4 months ago
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marla schmalle
4 months ago

Everyone who cares can help by talking about this and sharing Jack's site

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Mary McAllister
5 months ago

Thank you, Jack, for all you have done in the past year for our trees.

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Scott Campbell
5 months ago(Monthly Donation)
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Patricia Silver
5 months ago

Thank you, so much, for this good work.

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Will Tuttle
5 months ago

Grateful for your important efforts Jack to protect these trees and all the animals relying on them for habitat.

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Scott Campbell
6 months ago(Monthly Donation)
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