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Dan Grassetti
for Hills Conservation Network
 BERKELEY, CA


Urgent: Your help is Needed to Fight Clear-Cutting and Tons of TOXIC Herbicides slated for the East Bay Hills

Earth Day 2015

Dedicated to preserving the East Bay's urban forest, the Hills Conservation Network    (HCN), a 501c3 non-profit, has been working for years to prevent massive clear-cutting in the Oakland/Berkeley hills. HCN recently filed a lawsuit against FEMA to SAVE the TREES .  Your tax deductible donation is urgently needed now to continue the clear-cut fight in court. The Hills Conservation Network wants to stop UC Berkeley, the City of Oakland, and East Bay Regional Parks District from using about $6 million taxpayer dollars to ruin the 150-year-old Hills ecosystem, increase the risk of fire and poison the earth.

The HCN lawsuit is the ONLY thing that will prevent clear-cutting and environmental catastrophe in the East Bay Hills. FEMA would allow the application of  tons of TOXIC herbicide after their clear-cut. In many hill areas, brush and weeds that would grow once the trees are removed will be sprayed year after year until nothing grows there. This toxic runoff would contaminate both our watershed creeks and the San Francisco Bay.

Trees, animals, waterways and the earth need your help right now. Your tax-deductible donations are essential to keep the lawsuit going. Please make a donation and share this urgent appeal so we can keep fighting in court 

If allowed to go forward, the clear-cut plan would DESTROY the ecosystem as it exists today, exposing animals, insects (including bees), young children as well as adults, the earth and waterways to unprecedented amounts of toxic herbicides over a 10 year period.  This bad plan could result in landslides, while wiping out the shade and fog drip that decreases fire risk especially during periods of drought.  

HCN has a well researched plan to prevent fire—thinning the close-packed trees to a number that is fire-safe per acre, saving and maintaining large trees in a healthy ecosystem. This plan would  reduce fuel and create fire breaks that would ensure effective fire department response.

The truth is--killing up to 486,000 trees would allow fire to rip through the Hills as never before . . .

The tax-payer funded clear-cuts are slated to begin in August 2015 and must be stopped!

Please HELP save the trees and all the wildlife depending on them by making a donation today.  

In gratitude,
Dan

Dan Grassetti
President
Hills Conservation Network
http://www.hillsconservationnetwork.org
 

Links for information:

http://www.hillsconservationnetwork.org

HCN sees disaster in Oakland Wildfire Plan  http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/10/greens-see-disaster-in-oakland-wildfire-plan.htm

HCN on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HillsConservationNetwork

HCN on Twitter:   https://twitter.com/hillsconserv  @HillsConserv

The Clear-cutting plan:  http://www.saveeastbayhills.org/the-clear-cutting-plan.html


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Update 60
Posted by Dan Grassetti
19 days ago
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Here's the link for sending comments on the upcoming Oakland Vegetation Management EIR...

https://oaklandvegmanagement.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OVM-Plan-Feedback-Survey_v1-r.pdf
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Update 59
Posted by Dan Grassetti
21 days ago
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It’s critically important that those who don’t want fire risk mitigation to be used as a funding mechanism for massive deforestation get involved in this process.

If history is any indication, the Sierra Club and Council Member Dan Kalb (and maybe mayor Schaaf) will be doing everything they can to cause this EIR and plan to conclude that the only rational course of action is to cut down eucs, pines, and acacias. We need to make sure that the vast majority of Oaklanders who don’t want this to happen chime in NOW.

The city has created a portal for inputs to the development of this EIR at

https://oaklandvegmanagement.org/contact-us/

Please tell them that this EIR needs to be focused entirely on fire risk mitigation, not native plant restoration. That if the city goes down the same path that it and UC did in the recent past, where they lost ~$3.5m of federal funding, they can expect that citizens aren’t going to stand for it.

Please tell them that this needs to be an honest EIR that is focused on enhancing public safety...and that the ethnicity of the vegetation must be irrelevant to the analysis. It must be “species-neutral”.

For too many years a small faction in the Sierra Club and a small group of native plant restoration zealots have had a disproportionate effect on public policy. NO MORE.

Please get involved.

thanks,

HCN
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Update 58
Posted by Dan Grassetti
1 month ago
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The City of Oakland is kicking off it's EIR process and it's important that those who are committed to saving our wild lands and prevent the application of massive amounts of pesticides/herbicides participate in this. Here's the announcement. Please sign up!

thx,

HCN



Oakland Fire Department Preparing Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk
March 9, 2017
In an ongoing effort to reduce the threat and devastating effects of wildfires in the Oakland hills, the Oakland Fire Department today announced the development of a Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

As part of the Plan and EIR, ongoing and future wildfire prevention activities will be carefully considered for more than 1,400 acres of City-owned property and areas along approximately 300 miles of roadway. Public review and comment on the scope of the Plan and EIR will occur in early summer 2017, and completion of the draft Plan is expected for public review later this summer. Public meetings will be planned to provide more information. Residents can also sign-up to receive project updates online.

The Oakland Fire Department monitors and maintains vegetation on City-owned land to reduce the risk of destructive wildfires. Fire prevention programs and services currently include vegetation inspections, periodic vegetation pruning and thinning, free chipping and debris removal, goat grazing, roving fire patrols, and public education and outreach.

A fact sheet produced by the Fire Department provides more information on the purpose and timing of this effort. For more information can also be found at the project website at: www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement

https://oaklandvegmanagement.org/contact-us/

Oakland Vegetation Management
150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3354
Oakland, CA 94612
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Update 57
Posted by Dan Grassetti
2 months ago
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We’re pleased to announce that UC has rescinded it’s effort to comply with CEQA using the 2020 LRDP and addendum. While there is always the possibility that UC might attempt to move forward on these projects again at some point in the future, for now legal work towards that end has ceased.

At this time the only outstanding legal action on this matter is the Sierra Club’s appeal of the Federal Court’s decision to throw their case out.

We want to thank all of you who have worked so long and hard on this for your continued support.

Dan Grassetti
Hills Conservation Network
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Liz Hart
21 days ago

Thanks for the update. I have written to the city of Oakland.

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Bill Lazarus
5 months ago

Great news, Dan!

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Liz Hart
6 months ago

Congratulations!

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Zephyr Taurel
6 months ago

This is such amazing news!!! I can't believe they actually backed down. Congratulations, and thank you Dan for all of your dedication and hard work!

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Elizabeth Watts White
7 months ago

awesome work!

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Mary McAllister
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Thank you for everything you do.

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Rich Raffals
9 months ago

I envision a day when what's erradicated is human arrogance and the presumption that we have any more right to murder a tree than a human, and the suicidal insanity that we have any more right to poison the land and waters than our human neighbors. I donate toward a peaceful and harmonious co-existence amongst all life...and a sustainable human presence...that holds the Earth's ecosystems as precious and sacred, which thrive in healthy balance and vibrancy.

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William Lazarus
9 months ago

Great work, Dan. Thanks. I'm belatedly getting around to this contribution.

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Liz Hart
21 days ago

Thanks for the update. I have written to the city of Oakland.

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Bill Lazarus
5 months ago

Great news, Dan!

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Liz Hart
6 months ago

Congratulations!

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Zephyr Taurel
6 months ago

This is such amazing news!!! I can't believe they actually backed down. Congratulations, and thank you Dan for all of your dedication and hard work!

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Elizabeth Watts White
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awesome work!

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