Petition Closed

We are asking the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors to modify the Covell Ranch Fuel break project to have greater sensitivity to forest ecology, to be consistent with the Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance, and to comply with the 4.5 million conservation easement which taxpayers paid for to protect the Covell Ranch Monterey Pine Forest and sensitive habitat.  

We agree with the Coastal Commission that Cal/Fire should use hand crews rather than machine mastication, remove fewer trees rather than the 10,000 slated for removal, change the diameter of trees to be removed from 10” to 6” consistent with the LCP,  lessen the width of the fuel break from 100 feet to 50 or 75 feet, hire a biologist qualified in native pine forest ecology to oversee the work, stay at least 100 feet from seasonal creeks and wetland areas, and have a program funded and in place to remove flammable invasives such as French Broom and Pampas grass after the project is completed.

Letters on the project, as well as the Conservation Easement for Covell Ranch can be read at www.greenspacecambria.org under the heading of critical issues – Fire Break.

Letter to
California department of Forestry and Fire Protection Dan Foster, Senior Environmental Planner
Cal/Fire Alan Peters
District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson
and 1 other
State Senator Jim Beall
I just signed the following petition addressed to: California Department of Forestry andFire Protection, Cal/Fire and the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors .

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Protect Cambria's Monterey Pine Forest and 10,000 Trees

We, the undersigned, are asking the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors to modify the Covell Ranch Fuel break project to have greater sensitivity to forest ecology, to be consistent with the Coastal Zone Land Use Ordinance, and to comply with the 4.5 million conservation easement which taxpayers paid for to protect the Covell Ranch Monterey Pine Forest and sensitive habitat. Specific measures to achieve that greater sensitivity and consistency are described in a letter from Coastal Commission District Manager Dan Carl to the San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Director. Letters on the project, as well as the Conservation Easement for Covell Ranch can be read at www.greenspacecambria.org under the heading of critical issues – Fire Break.

We agree with the Coastal Commission that Cal/Fire should use hand crews rather than machine mastication, remove fewer trees rather than the 10,000 slated for removal, change the diameter of trees to be removed from 10” to 6” consistent with the LCP, lessen the width of the fuel break from 100 feet to 50 or 75 feet, hire a biologist qualified in native pine forest ecology to oversee the work, stay at least 100 feet from seasonal creeks and wetland areas, and have a program funded and in place to remove flammable invasives such as French Broom and Pampas grass after the project is completed.
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Sincerely,