Thank you, North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC)!
As most of us know, the NTCFSC received a grant to remove nonindigenous vegetation in Topanga, mainly from Highway 27, in order to make a safe evacuation route in the event of a major wildfire. It also provides a safe route for movement of fire equipment and emergency personnel.
The council also provided funds for much needed hindrance tree removal from the TCC property, especially because the grounds are designated as a safe evacuation zone for our community in the event of a wildfire. As TCC president and someone with past firefighting experience, I have an important responsibility to the community to provide a safe zone.
I had arranged a presentation at TCC's General Membership meeting on Feb. 1, 2013, by the LA County Fire Department, NTCFSC and TCEP to answer questions and clarify to the community the planned tree removal. A short film was viewed that showed the devastating effects of the Oakland Hills fire, which was mainly fueled by pines and eucalyptus trees.
The public response was overwhelmingly positive towards the planned removal. As most people know, nonindigenous pines and eucalyptus are extremely flammable and create problems for the native trees.
In conclusion, this project is a very important step in providing safety to life and property. In the big picture of the natural world, the amazing designer of our planet knew the right choices of plants, trees and wildlife according to our weather, terrain and location on the earth, and pines and eucalyptus were never in the plan for Topanga.