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   Conservation Issues of the Ventana Chapter | santa cruz county

Help stop Lompico logging


Come to the hearing in November


Activists are needed to attend the Public Hearing for the Lompico Creek Headwaters Logging Plan, long opposed by the Sierra Club. It will tentatively be held on Wednesday, November 2 at the Zayante Volunteer Fire House at 7700 East Zayante Rd. across from the Trout Farm Inn in Felton. The hearing is likely to start at 7:00 p.m. The date and time are still tentative. For updated information please contact Kevin Collins, 335-8136 or email, bats3@cruzio.com.

Over 200 people attended the 2001 hearing, and their presence made a big difference. The hearing in 2001 went down in the annals of CDF history because the community was so overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The event was dramatic and fascinating. This first logging plan was finally stopped in 2004 by the Board of Forestry on Santa Cruz County appeal. The new logging plan has hardly changed at all and presents the same threats to water quality and wildlife.

The area proposed for logging, the Islandia headwaters, is the core watershed for the community of Lompico which has an over-allocated water supply and is under state order not to release new water connections. This area is a beautiful and currently undisturbed set of steep complex canyons full of wildlife. Extensive efforts to purchase the land for conservation protection have been thwarted by the landowner's sky high price set far above its legitimate appraisal value.

Please come to the public hearing and help save this beautiful place.

For updated information visit www.lompicocreek.org.




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