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Contra Costa Citizens For Eucalyptus Trees at Demonstration in Defense of East Bay Forests
by CCC4EucTrees (ccc4euctrees [at]
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2016 12:33 AM
On Sunday, October 30, 2016 the newly founded Contra Costa Citizens FOR Eucalyptus Trees joined the protest of the Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests outside of the annual meeting of the Claremont Canyon Conservancy, an organization that promotes the deforestation of the East Bay Hills. The following is the statement they distributed. For more information about the issue see


Contra Costa County is a part of the East Bay Regional Park District.
The citizens of Contra Costa County state the Claremont Canyon Conservancy does not represent the people of Contra Costa County, or even the people of Oakland.

Our East Bay forests belong to all the people who live in the East Bay, not just to a few who select themselves to be spokesmen for eradication and distruction, like the Claremont Canyon Conservancy.

The Claremont Canyon Conservancy is a small group of affluent people who live in the Oakland Hills. If they believe where they live is dangerous they should move. Nobody is forcing them to live in the Oakland Hills.

Contra Costa County believes in the recommendations made by the U.S. Forest Service not to cut eucalyptus trees.

Contra Costa County believes in FEMA's conclusion that cutting eucalyptus trees is counterproductive to fire safety.

We believe in preserving what two governmental agencies and Wildland Fire Prevention expert David Maloney has said is important to retain – our eucalyptus forests.

For more information email:

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by CA Biologist
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2016 10:29 AM
native to California and need to go!
by please educate yourself
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2016 8:02 PM
The ideology that non-native plants are bad has been questioned by many scientists, including evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould. Even Darwin was critical. Rethinking this ideology is long overdue. It's not nature that benefits from it, but the pesticide industry and developers.

The website linked to in the introductory summary above provides many resources from perspectives different than the status quo. I especially recommend the following:

Video of 2015 event with conservation biologist David Theodoropoulos and firefighter David Maloney:

Extensive scientific analysis of common myths about native and non-native plants, citing many scientists:

Political overview of the issue as it concerns the forest in the East Bay hills:

by CA Biologist
Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016 10:36 AM
Three questionable references, really?! Nice try!
by please educate yourself
Thursday Nov 24th, 2016 10:13 PM
If you only saw three references, then you didn't really look at them. The Million Trees blog is full of scientific references. Educating yourself means digging a little deeper, and being open to new information. You're here at Indybay, so obviously you know how to think outside the box. Declaring trees bad because they originated elsewhere has no basis in science, only in government policy. Where are your ancestors from?

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