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East Bay Hills Forests: Invasive Fire Hazards or Natural Treasures?

Date:
Friday, July 31, 2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Teach-In
Organizer/Author:
Location Details:
Historic Hall, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita - one block east of MLK, Jr. Way)

EAST BAY HILLS FORESTS:
INVASIVE FIRE HAZARDS OR NATURAL TREASURES?

Meet a Firefighter called on by local mayors after the 1991 hills fire, and a
Conservation Biologist discussing species migration throughout history

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DAVID THEODOROPOULOS
Conservation Biologist; Author: Invasion Biology - Critique of a Pseudoscience; Slideshow Presentation

DAVID MALONEY
Retired Oakland Fire Department; Chief, Fire Prevention, Oakland Army Base; appointed to 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Mayors' Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration

KEN CHEETHAM
Forest Photography; Bay Area Progressive Directory

Plus updates from the Hills Conservation Network about their work and lawsuit, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead - a grassroots disability rights organization)

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FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015, 7:00PM
Historic Hall, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita - one block east of MLK, Jr. Way)

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Are eucalyptus, acacia, and Monterey pines invasive non-native fire hazards, or carbon sequestering habitat and natural treasures? Do we want Dow and Monsanto profiting more than they have already with UC's pesticide use on clearcuts done in the hills over the past decade? Are our East Bay Lungs being sold off for wood pellets for Europe, biomass for China's coal plants, toilet paper for Japan? Longshore workers confirm wood chips are being shipped out of West Coast ports.

Participate in a community discussion of the FEMA-funded tree removal projects in the East Bay Hills, from Richmond to Hayward, which are opposed by 90% of the 13,000 comments on FEMA's Environmental Impact Statement.

Both the Sierra Club and Claremont Canyon Conservancy, which are actively promoting the downing of nearly half a million East Bay Hills trees, and are suing FEMA to demand that more trees are killed, were invited to participate on a panel of both proponents and opponents of these projects. Neither organization responded to East Bay Pesticide Alert's invitation.

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**Please refrain from using scented products prior to attending
**Wheelchair accessible
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Co-sponsored by East Bay Pesticide Alert (dontspraycalifornia.org) (see wildfire pages)
& the Social Justice Committee of BFUU (bfuu.org)

Added to the calendar on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 3:08AM
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