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UC and FEMA Plan to Clear-Cut 85,000 Trees in Berkeley and Oakland

http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=11361#more UC and FEMA are planning to clear-cut of 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees in Strawberry and Claremont Canyons. They will use up to 14,000 gallons of Roundup and other herbicides. Did you even know this was happening?
Jack Osborne May 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM
And now for the more balanced reporting: "But U.C. Berkeley wants to remove most of its 22,000 eucalyptus and acacia trees, then restore native species like they did in the Claremont Canyon." From this article: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=9107025
Preston Jordan May 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM
The source cited in this announcement states up to 1,400 gallons of herbicide possibly including Roundup might be used rather than 14,000 gallons of Roundup will be used. Not that I am in favor of dosing the environment with petrochemicals, but I do like to make decisions based on facts. I also have to wonder about the accuracy of the source given that it is an opinion piece rather than an article.
Caryl O'Keefe May 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Another example of more balanced reporting from Berkeleyside article: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/05/17/uc-berkeley-seeks-funds-to-cut-down-22000-non-native-trees/. Some of the comments are useful especially about glyphosphate. The author of the article even used his own name.
Jamie Jensen May 23, 2013 at 09:26 AM
This Executive Summary, makes it sound OK. Better than another 1991 Fire, for sure: To reduce the potential for these areas to support and spread wildfires, UCB proposes to eliminate eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and other non-native trees that promote the spread of wildfire. Oak and bay trees and other native vegetation present under the larger non-native trees would be preserved and encouraged to expand.
Jamie Jensen May 23, 2013 at 09:29 AM
I intended to add: Now, if only UCB would treat its other land holdings, like the Gill Tract, with similar respect. Who wants another parking lot? Not me. Build "Senior Housing" at transit-friendly El Cerrito Plaza, not on the last patch of arable land left in the East Bay!

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