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Sudden oak death is getting worse

There is a growing body of evidence that the incidence of sudden oak death is expanding rapidly. While we wish this wasn't happening, the reality is that oaks in this part of the world may not survive climate change. With this in mind we think it's time that the City of Oakland, UC Berkeley and East Bay Regional Park District rethink their plans to "restore" much of their hills properties to an oak woodland environment. It goes without saying that if these agencies remove the tall trees currently resident on these lands with the expectation that they will be replaced by an oak-dominated landscape, this is looking increasingly unlikely that it will work. Instead what we will get are highly fi

Oakland begins the EIR process

Wanted to let you know that the City of Oakland has announced the initiation of an EIR to analyze their woodland fuels management plan. Suggest that you take advantage of this opportunity to have your voice heard. Here's the announcement: CITY OF OAKLAND NOTICE OF PREPARATION TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT The City of Oakland (“City”) is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan (“OVMP”) for City-owned parcels located within the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) designated Very High Fire Severity Zone (VHFSZ). The City is requesting comments on the scope and content of the EI

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