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Making the Canyon Safer by Removing Non-Native Pines and Eucalyptus
October 17, 2013 -
Had Roger Pugliese truly not wanted to stir up a fight, he would have left the ridiculous rhetoric out of his letter.
Of course, no single tree will stop a wildfire, but, a 125-foot eucalyptus looming 50 feet near a house will certainly put that houseand its neighborsat much higher risk and probably make it indefensible in a fire.
Similarly, giant, 100-year-old pines leaning over roads don't make escape routes safe in a fire.
Wildlife and erosion are concerns, sure. But the non-native trees that were cut had stunted and deformed oaks and other natives struggling underneath them.
I can't wait to see how those natives take off now.
A rational discussion and debate would be ideal, but I'm afraid that without some better thinking brought to the table, the fight will continue.