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Re: “Park Jobs Matter

You both miss the point. They shouldn't be cutting anybody's job at State Parks. Nor should the CSU system be cutting positions and freezing enrollment. Bank of America has owned their building in downtown San Francisco since before the passage of Prop 13 in 1976. Same goes for many oil refineries, apartment complexes, factories, and other pieces of commercial real estate. So, despite the real estate doldrums, after the passage of 36 years they are making vastly more money on these commercial properties than is reflected in the assessed values from 1976. Before Prop 13, California had the best public schools, universities, and parks on Earth. We can't say that any more. Unfortunately it takes money to have a civilized society. I apologize for lumping Susan in with Grover Norquist; nobody deserves that. But the notion that there is not enough work for a geologist, an archaeologist, and a landscape architect up here is truly misguided. Without them, laws (things like CEQA & NEPA) cannot be complied with. So, any additional boots on the ground couldn't legally do anything but daily operations; keep the gates open, pump the toilets, and pick up trash; which is certainly necessary, but not sufficient to be a good steward.

Posted by Brad on 05/27/2012 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Save-The-Redwoods Signs Off On Richardson Grove

I have nearly two decades of experience studying groundwater hydrology (primarily for Superfund type cleanups). I can say two things with very high certainty: 1) The dead crowns in the old growth along 101 and Avenue of the Giants are caused by the deep road cuts that daylight groundwater flow pathways and cause it to flow off into the ocean much more rapidly than before the excavation occurred. The problem has been compounded by a significant reduction in summertime fog over the last decade, which used to supply water to the uppermost parts of the tree during the summer and early fall when soil moisture was insufficient to meet the trees’ demand. 2) On the sole basis of its potential socio-economic impacts, I am not a big fan of the proposed realignment through Richardson Grove. However, in relation to the environmental impacts, bigger trucks probably equate to fewer trips, less fuel consumed, less carbon dioxide emitted, and fewer roll-over accidents with fuel and building materials spills in the park. As long as there are no deep road cuts with exposed embankments, changing the location of the road without dramatically increasing its footprint is almost 100% certain to not change groundwater elevations and not dry out the crowns of the trees. Sadly, climate change probably poses a much greater threat to the world’s tallest trees than the Richardson Grove project.

Posted by GroundwaterHydrologist on 08/25/2011 at 3:05 PM

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