Peter Gray Scott
Georgia, an Art History professor at UC Berkeley at the time, was in her Berkeley home when the 1991 Hills Fire struck. Her husband was out of the country. Their house and its possessions were destroyed.
She joined HCN a few years later when she saw the narrative about the fire gradually, disturbingly, shift to killing so-called “non-native” trees. The eucalyptus trees on her thrice-weekly walks on Berkeley's Jordan Trail were being cut down, and she watched fog-dampened forest landscapes become denuded and dried out.
Her first-hand experience showed specific tree species were NOT more responsible for the 1991 fire’s destruction. (Nor do any of the many official fire reports. SEE THE REPORTS)
Instead, it became obvious that the push to kill so-called “non-natives” — particularly by UC Berkeley and the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, a local group that wants eucalyptus trees and forests destroyed—had nothing to do with fire danger. Instead, they'd found a way to advance their agenda of aesthetics, not fire danger.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, she’s been here since 1966. And plans on staying.
As you'll learn by reading our Board Member's stories, each is a long-time East Bay hills resident. Each has a personal story that motivated them to join HCN and remain involved in this unique, volunteer community service.
Each has also devoted countless hours and energy, over decades, to reducing wildfire danger, and preserving the established plants, trees, forests and wildlife of the East Bay hills from being destroyed by numerous threats, including so-called "restoration" or "management" projects. Read on.