Dirca occidentalis habitat-small

Dirca occidentalis (Western Leatherwood) is one special status plant whose population could be impacted (positively or negatively) depending upon how work is completed.

The FEMA project to log thousands of invasive Eucalytus trees has sparked a vocal and oftentimes very instructive debate over what will happen when those trees are removed. Much of the discussion has been incredibly thoughtful and scientifically pertinent, where botanists, wildlife biologists, residents and toxicologists all tossed their expertise and experiences into the ring.

Here’s some of the debate found here thru Bay Nature which covered the issue well.

This is a well-researched response or part 2 to the first article found on the local Berkeleyside website.We see this project as a great opportunity for our greater community to increase awareness about fire, ecology, and safety, while also considering difficult philosophical points about humans’ place in nature – especially at the Wildland-Urban interface.

We hope that a lively, well-informed debate continues to drum on as we move forward with the EIS review process. It’s fantastic to have so many eco-centric conversations in our urban East Bay!

We support the FEMA project and provide suggestions that may help ensure that implementation is successful.  Here’s one of the key themes to our comments: [The entire letter is found by clicking here.]

Coast live oak forests will likely expand in the East Bay hills with this FEMA proposed treatment.

Coast live oak forests will likely expand in the East Bay hills with this FEMA proposed treatment.

How the treatment is conducted may be as important as where it occurs.  Timing, approach and the type of tools used should be critical components of this environmental review.

Thanks for taking the time to get involved, and please do leave us comments on our comments if you’d like. Thanks.



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