It's like how humboldt county's supervisors accept a very nice salary in exchange for selling us all out to developers and real estate profiteers. They are directly responsible for raising everybody's cost of living, making it impossible for lifelong residents to live on fixed incomes and guaranteeing our own children will not be able to retire here.
Interesting article - thanks! This gets to the heart of the difficulties in ecological restoration: how do we know what is "natural," since most land has been influenced by humans since before recorded history?
How can they state that the natural environment is oaklands and that the firs are invasive when the article even states that the native Americans and then the settlers continued the practice of burning the firs out every so many years to gain better hunting and later better grazing lands? The natural ecosystem progression in areas that have been denuded by fire in North America where rainfall reaches the rainforest level has always been grasses, brush, hardwoods the conifers over anywhere from 25-200 years to happen. In fact, the North American Plate was almost all conifers prior to the last ice age. It was only after the ice receded that hardwoods took over the northeast as settlers tried to keep grazing and farm lands open to more sunlight. If we are truly talking about natural states in the environment, the march of the conifers is absolutely natural. But that isn't what we are really talking about, we are talking about aesthetics and personal desires/needs of the current land owners, not nature here.
Shameful! And he's a dentist! He can pay his own damn greens fees.
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Apr 28, 2016
vol XXVII issue 17
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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