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Thank you for Passing Resolution to Ban Clearcutting

From: domainremoved <Karen>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:49:20 -0700

Dear Mayor Carlton and Councilmembers,

Thank you for passing the resolution to ban clearcutting in California and for your warm welcome to the Forest Protection Committee members and Menlo Park residents at your city council meeting on April 7, 2015. We were so encouraged to see that you understand the importance of forests to maximizing the quantity and quality of water as well as reducing the greenhouse gases.

As drought has reappeared in California, many solutions have been proposed for the present crisis and the future. These ideas have ranged from cloud seeding to get more precipitation, raising the height of dams or building more, importing water from Oregon and Washington, and building desalinization plants. All of those would be costly efforts. So why has so little attention been directed to preserving a free but critical system already in place? That is the massive water retention scheme designed by nature in the state's extensive forested watersheds.

The clearcutting that happens in the Sierras and the North Coast has a real impact on urban residents. 75% of California’s water comes from mountain forests. Clearcutting is an extreme form of logging during which all or nearly all, vegetation removed, the ground deeply ripped, and herbicide applied. Clearcutting decreases both water quantity and quality. It degrades the soil so that less water is held in the soil and exposes the snow that falls to more sunlight so it melts quickly. It also puts sediment into the water and may put herbicide into the water. If we want to get as much quality water as possible, we most protect our water source.
 
In addition, healthy forests are also very critical to combatting climate change. Many Bay Area cities are working hard to use less energy and move to greener forms of energy. San Mateo County is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars ($300,000) to study the possibility of offering Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) within the County in order to reduce the this county’s carbon footprint. Clearcutting releases greenhouse gases. Half the carbon that in the roots and the soil is released with the trees are removed and soil bulldozed. Cities are working so hard to respond to climate change, why would they want land management decisions in other parts of the state to negate the fruits of their efforts?

CalFire and the Board of Forestry regulate logging on private forests in California based on legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor. Passing a resolution and sending it to your state legislators and the Governor is an important step in eventually changing the law. Thank you so much for sending your signed resolutions to your legislators and making them aware that Menlo Park residents would like them stop clearcutting.
 
Gratefully yours,

Karen Maki
Forest Protection Committee Chair
Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club
650-346-0467
Received on Tue Apr 14 2015 - 07:45:19 PDT

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