Rachel is host of Talk of the Bay and Board Chair of KSQD. She is the producer of radio documentaries such as Southern Songbirds: The Women of Early Country and Old Time Music, The Boomtown Chronicles, and Pastures of Plenty, a History of California Farmworkers. She teaches journalism at Cabrillo College in Aptos. She is a recipient of a Peabody award for excellence in journalism.
The problem with the people that are complaining it. None of them are arborist and therefore not equipped to determine what is a hazardous tree and what is not. I know the mountain has seen devastation and unfortunately in order to move forward we need to have all the Hazardous trees removed. The complaining is slowing up the process. Perhaps these people want to take on the liability for trees not cut that were marked to be removed. Or they can simply opt out and nothing will get cut. Again that means they are assuming all legal liability. But for them to think they’re going to pick and choose what trees are going to go is not going to work. It’s going to slow up the tree Crews that are trying to get this mountain back on its feet
My neighbors on top of Roberts Road in Ben Lomond used this as an excuse to log healthy redwoods 300 feet around each structures, and they have 6 structures. From August last year to today, still the destruction continues. I think the irony is they were in Boulder Creek first and logged their land up there then landed on my mountain and hey they are a so called organic farm. Homestead with words like reverence for the earth and eat in season, and loving mama with a chain saw. I wonder how many people are using the fires to do excessive logging. I did log but only dead trees and ladders, but these people even had a huge fire in the middle of the woods unattended, when me and my neighbor went to look we asked if he had a permit which he did not, and if it was attended, he said yes, but we got there to see no one was marsh-mellowing so…….I would not buy one flower or tomatoes from this “organic” love the earth farm. Had a man named Mark Kelly come to my land and tell me I had to log most of my big ones, to save everyone from forest fire. I should be responsible, I said bring a forester up here and prove your point. Not one tree had to be logged, but he got in with my neighbors and logged away. I did note he did not mention any of my dead Tan Oaks, he only zeroed in on my big ones. He said I be super rich if I logged my land. I fought logging when I was 16 in Kenya, and I continued fighting land rapers, and I am now 65. I also took a voluntary poverty vow when I was 16, so money would not motivate me to destroy the Redwood Nation. To say the least its super upsetting to live a long life fighting for nature to on my final steps to have someone log on my boarder line and now I can see them, hear them, and their chickens and cock and their cars. Once it was a beautiful mountain, now its been logged to oblivion. Dare say, I loath them. Most of us close by are upset at this disaster for this lovely farm. I did note they also did the same in Boulder Creek, logged that land they owned then moved here to start a organic love the earth with a chainsaw. No one else on this mountain are using the excuse and logging 300 feet around every structure. I went with a tape measuring and I got to 150 feet, I was shocked they could not stop at that, that is a long distance from any structure, but 300 is excessive. How can they call themselves organic and into the simple homestead life when they destroyed this mountain?