Tag Archives: FEMA misuse

Native Plant Restoration: “Someone Pays and Someone Profits”

The article below was first published on April 1st on MillionTrees.me – a site fighting unnecessary tree destruction in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though it references mainly the widespread tree destruction planned for the East Bay, the same principles apply broadly. … Continue reading

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Law Suit to Stop FEMA from Funding East Bay Deforestation

Recently, we had written about the hugely destructive plan to cut down hundreds of thousands of trees in the East Bay. The new Plan, written in response to 13,000 comments, was as bad as the previous one. (Read that here: … Continue reading

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Action Alert: TODAY is Deadline for East Bay Tree-felling Comments

This article is reprinted with permission from SFForest.net The deadline for comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the East Bay Tree-felling plan is TODAY. From the FEMA website: Submitting Comments on the Draft EIS Written comments must … Continue reading

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One More Time: Fire Hazard? (FEMA notes UCSF’s inaccuracy)

Recently, we received a letter obtained by a public records request from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). UCSF had applied to this organization for pre-disaster mitigation funds to chop down trees on 14 acres of the forest, claiming the forest … Continue reading

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UCSF’s FEMA move angers “Nature in the City”

Recently, someone sent us an anti-UCSF diatribe from the newsletter of Jake Sigg, a steering committee member of Nature in the City. (That’s the parent organization of the Mt Sutro Stewards.) The topic under discussion: UCSF’s withdrawal of the FEMA … Continue reading

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Srsly, Ms. Feinstein?

When ten thousand trees are cut down on 400 acres of steep hillsides, it stands to reason it’ll have a major environmental impact. Four “fire hazard mitigation” proposals from UC Berkeley, Oakland, and East Bay Regional Park District plan to … Continue reading

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FEMA, New York Times

The New York Times blog yesterday linked to this website, via an article about FEMA and the East Bay. We’re flattered, though the opening sentence of the article, about “non-native, frowzy eucalyptus” didn’t promise unbiased reporting. (To be fair, this … Continue reading

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November Fog Log

As we said in the original Fog Log post, we’re keeping track of that crucial “September to November period when fire risk is greatest,” according to the UCSF letter. “Mount Sutro is squarely in the fog belt. The question is, … Continue reading

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“Least Visible” South Ridge and Edgewood

UCSF’s presentation suggested that the planned cut areas are inconspicuous from offsite. This is South Ridge (above). The yellow dots outline the planned Cut Zone. The homes below it are the Forest Knolls neighborhood. ———– And this shows the Edgewood … Continue reading

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Fire Hazard Map(s)?

Fire Hazard maps are critical to substantiating that there even is a hazard. The maps associated with this Plan don’t achieve that. TWO MAPS THAT DON’T MATCH UCSF’s 19 October presentation included a map called City-Wide Wildfire Hazards. (Page 18 … Continue reading

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Report: UCSF Oct 19th Meeting

We report on the UCSF October 19th meeting seeking community input into the “Fire Mitigation” project. [Italics in brackets are our comments.] It was a well-run meeting, moderated by Daniel Iacafano of Moore Iacafano and Goltsman. Barbara French, UCSF’s Associate … Continue reading

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A Rebuttal to UCSF’s Response to FEMA

This is an edited version of the letter sent to FEMA regarding UCSF’s response to their questions. Emphasis has been added. ——————————– [We were] quite surprised to read the details of UCSF’s response August 16 response to FEMA’s questions of … Continue reading

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Fog Log

So we’ve entered that crucial “September to November period when fire risk is greatest,” according to the UCSF letter. Mount Sutro is squarely in the fog belt. The question is, Whether between the end of summer (and fog) and the … Continue reading

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Article in the Examiner

The Examiner today carried an article saying we are fighting to retain the forest. They spoke to Dr Morley Singer; to someone at UCSF; and to Sean Elsbernd. They note Dr Singer’s point that this is a quarter of the … Continue reading

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Puzzling letter from UCSF: Fire Hazard?

The enclosure to the July 9th 2009 letter from UCSF’s Assistant Vice Chancellor was puzzling. It managed to concentrate a large number of questionable statements in a very small space, and will keep this blog busy for a while! Today: … Continue reading

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The Letter Objecting to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” plan

Objections to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” Plan (published with permission) UCSF has circulated a plan to fell thousands of trees in two separate areas – South Ridge and Edgewood – as part of an ostensible “Fire Mitigation” project. FEMA funding … Continue reading

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Letter from the SF Tree Council

Letter in support, to the SF Urban Forestry Council from San Francisco Tree Council, (published with permission): Re: Support for Letter “Objections to the UCSF “Fire Mitigation” Plan Dear Urban Forest Council Members, I assume item #7 refers to the … Continue reading

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