Holiday Message from the Cleveland National Forest Foundation

Cleveland National Forest Foundation

P.O. BOX 779,

DESCANSO, CA 91916

Transit Activists and Friends of Cleveland National Forest Foundation:

 

This has been one of our most active and effective years since we formed in 1994. Always aware that the forest is being threatened by forces that are  distant from the forest itself, our Executive Director, Duncan McFetridge, has remained on the front lines of regional planning issues. Whether it is addressing county general plans or regional transportation issues, Duncan is known by public officials as the one who will speak up and hold them accountable. More than a phrase, he has embodied “speak the truth to power.”
 
Our nonprofit Foundation has funded planning studies and legal assistance from some of the best experts in the country. This has placed us as a leader in promoting a more sustainable environment in our region and for the long term survival of wilderness in San Diego.

As many of you may know, CNFF, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a lawsuit on Nov. 28th against the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) for failing to meet California’s environmental legal requirements in their 2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. This plan does not adequately reduce greenhouse gasses in the future, promotes urban sprawl into the back country and neglects the present need to develop effective transit in our cities. From public health to economic perspectives, SANDAG’s plan is a major environmental justice calamity.

CNFF will be bearing much of the cost for this lawsuit. However, we have expended what we had in our budget on critical items necessary to comment on the plan and offering alternatives. Our attorneys have been with CNFF for many years and are the best; they have already provided countless hours of pro bono work. And those of you who appreciate Duncan know that he will, like in the past, give up all he owns except feeding his orphaned animals to fund the lawsuit. We don’t want that to happen again. So I’m asking you to give what you can to help CNFF keep up the fight.

The easiest way to donate is to go to our website, CNFF.org, and use the online system.  Of course you can always also send contributions directly to CNFF, P.O. Box 779, Descanso, CA 91719.

On behalf of our Board, seasons greetings and may this coming year bring you good health and happiness.

Peace,

Jack Shu
President

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