Save the Cleveland National Forest

$4,115 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 22 months
We are literally fighting for the life of our forest.


On December 14th, 2016, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted against the Forest Conservation Initiative by weakening the Country Town boundaries and introducing a mix of graduated urban zoning on private inholdings in the Cleveland National Forest. These inholdings are the original homesteads that occupy the meadowlands and water resources within the forest. These are therefore the biological heart of the forest and thus the FCI was voted in to protect these critical resources with 40 acre minimum zoning. The County betrayed the FCI values, San Diegans, our environment and our health by in effect placing a death sentence on the forest.


WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your donation will fund our legal battle to protect the forest. We have retained the prestigious law firm of Shute Mihaly & Weinberger and filed a lawsuit against the county. Please help us raise $75,000 so we can present our case in a court of law and eventually reinstate the Forest Conservation Initiative.

If you donate $1,000 or more, we will take you and a guest on an exclusive aerial tour of the Cleveland National Forest.


The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the plants and animals of Southern California mountains by preserving the land and water they need to survive.


The Forest Conservation Initiative has received national recognition for its success in saving the forest. One of CNFF’s greatest accomplishments is being the sole guardian of the Forest Conservation Initiative.

For a more in-depth description please read our Press Release. 

CNFF in the News:

San Diego Union Tribune: Plan would allow Cleveland forest development

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sdut-cleveland-national-forest-alpine-development-2016mar08-story.html


KPBS: Future Development Creates High Stakes For Tight Supervisors Race

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/oct/14/future-development-stakes-make-tight-supervisors-r/

For more info, please visit: 
www.transitsandiego.org/forest
www.cnff.org 

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The question is not who owns the property, but how it is zoned! All private property in the County, by law, is required to be zoned in one of four categories: residential, industrial, open space, commercial. The question then is do you put residential zoning on the open space categories of wilderness, watershed or agriculture? The world knows the answer: urbanization of these categories destroys them. Such was the message of the remarkable letter by Former Forest Supervisor Rogers, in which he spelled out in detail how urbanization was the greatest threat to the Cleveland National Forest. “Eventual urbanization of these large ranches within the Forest will not only effectively fragment what remaining wildlife habitat the County still has, it will also place large demands on the County for roads, water, water storage and water delivery systems, sewerage disposal and fire and police protection.” The FCI served for the last 23 years to contain urbanization in the towns and protect the forest with 40-acre minimum zoning of inholdings. This is why we must readopt and strengthen the FCI!

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/transitsandiego/pages/18/attachments/original/1440440771/Forest_Supervisor_Letters-_Importance_of_Inholdings.pdf?1440440771
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Head on over to our website to read more about the lawsuit! http://www.transitsandiego.org/forest
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Please share and help us fund our campaign to save the forest.

Thanks,
Duncan and Jana

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Michael OConnor
22 months ago
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This is no scam,, wow do some fact checking,, these folks work hard for our kids future to enjoy the back country ,, the only scam going on is folks just trying to skirt the General Plan and trying to build homes with providing roads and fire protection, they have no problem putting folks in harms way in the name of greed and their scare the sky is falling we need affordable housing for our kids ,, at a cost of 500,000 plus homes ,, give me a break ,, folks open your hearts and wallets in the name of common sense and good !!! Thanks Duncan for taking a stand

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Joy Decena
22 months ago
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Elisa CNFF is a valid non-profit. You can find out more on Guide Star. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/33-0632156. You can also do some research online and see the various initiatives that they have led and worked on in San Diego.

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Daniel Gomez
19 months ago

Wow, people own this land. Once upon a time Native Americans had made a promise not to touch and disturb the Washington, Oregon and California's Forest before it had those names. It was our Native American Paradise. So some ambitious and highly intelligent Native Americans moved down south with the promise to leave these lands in peace. They belonged to Mother Nature. These Native Americans built an artificial paradise in the form of an Empire as a tribute to the Uto Aztecan families, their roots, their wisdom, and the paradise. These highly intelligent entities eventually named themselves Mexicas aka the Aztecs. Yes, they were ambitious, but they did not return to paradise to destroy it. They kept their promise to our Father, the Ute. to build elsewhere other than paradise. It is sad that some foreign entity destroyed it. The Devil disguised as the most beautiful angel.

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$1,000
Lael Montgomery
18 months ago

Go Duncan!

JS
$25
Jennifer Spencer
19 months ago

I have family members who love to hike in the Cleveland National Forest and appreciate its beauty. Cutting it up with development would be a disaster to the watershed and wildlife.

HC
$100
Hana Creger
20 months ago

CNFF is an amazing organization and helped me to jumpstart my career. I am forever thankful for this amazing group of people who are committed to protecting the forest.

Michael OConnor
22 months ago
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This is no scam,, wow do some fact checking,, these folks work hard for our kids future to enjoy the back country ,, the only scam going on is folks just trying to skirt the General Plan and trying to build homes with providing roads and fire protection, they have no problem putting folks in harms way in the name of greed and their scare the sky is falling we need affordable housing for our kids ,, at a cost of 500,000 plus homes ,, give me a break ,, folks open your hearts and wallets in the name of common sense and good !!! Thanks Duncan for taking a stand

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Joy Decena
22 months ago
1
1

Elisa CNFF is a valid non-profit. You can find out more on Guide Star. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/33-0632156. You can also do some research online and see the various initiatives that they have led and worked on in San Diego.

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Daniel Gomez
19 months ago

Wow, people own this land. Once upon a time Native Americans had made a promise not to touch and disturb the Washington, Oregon and California's Forest before it had those names. It was our Native American Paradise. So some ambitious and highly intelligent Native Americans moved down south with the promise to leave these lands in peace. They belonged to Mother Nature. These Native Americans built an artificial paradise in the form of an Empire as a tribute to the Uto Aztecan families, their roots, their wisdom, and the paradise. These highly intelligent entities eventually named themselves Mexicas aka the Aztecs. Yes, they were ambitious, but they did not return to paradise to destroy it. They kept their promise to our Father, the Ute. to build elsewhere other than paradise. It is sad that some foreign entity destroyed it. The Devil disguised as the most beautiful angel.

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