Help the Forest: Email Comments to Supervisors and Attend the Meeting Wednesday!

Forest friends:

It’s rare that we reach out to you two weeks in a row, but we need your help to protect the Cleveland National Forest!

The County Board of Supervisors will meet THIS Wednesday, June 25, to set guidelines which will determine the fate of the forest.

Last week, we contacted you with information about the Forest Conservation Initiative (FC), which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 1992 to establish 20 uninterrupted years of forest protection. It was widely supported by the public, local governments, and high profile individuals, and has fulfilled its purpose of protecting the health and stability of the forest.

However, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will meet THIS Wednesday, June 25, 9:00 a.m., at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310, San Diego, CA to consider plans to replace these longstanding protections, and we need your help.

The FCI is the first item for discussion. Click HERE for a PDF of the agenda and HERE for the Staff Report.

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation has strongly urged the San Diego County Planning Commission, and now the Board of Supervisors, to consider the environmental and legal concerns of removing FCI protections. There is an excellent piece posted at Voice of San Diego today by renowned climate change expert Dr. Michael Soulé, also urging the County to re-adopt the FCI. Please share this piece and the opportunity to help with your friends!

If you would like to help, please plan to come speak at Wednesday’s meeting!

Letters of support for the Forest Conservation Initiative can also be sent via email to the Supervisors and Board Clerk.

Feel free to use this draft language, and adapt it to discuss why preserving the Cleveland National Forest is important to you:

Dear Supervisors:

San Diego proudly protected its forest by a resounding vote of the people when it passed the Forest Conservation Initiative in 1992. Land within the Cleveland National Forest should remain protected.

Since the FCI was adopted, the San Diego region has experienced the impacts of devastating wildfires, and we are only now beginning to understand the impacts of climate change to our local water supply and fire conditions.

If the forest is not protected by a re-adoption of the protections as they were implemented by the Forest Conservation Initiative, San Diego’s growing population WILL sprawl into newly developed lands within the forest boundary. The increased fire danger, diminishing water supply, and impacts to habitat will endanger human life and wildlife. This is unacceptable.

I urge you to direct staff to include all the protections initially embodied in the Forest Conservation Initiative as the EIR preferred alternative.


Emails can be directed to the following addresses:;;;;;

Please send your emails as soon as possible for consideration by the Board, and feel free to copy me on your comments at for CNFF’s records.

Feel free to email this to friends. You can also share this link via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

For the future,
Duncan McFetridge
Cleveland National Forest Foundation
Po Box 779
Descanso, California 91916

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The Cleveland National Forest needs your help!

Dear CNFF friends:

Many of you have been faithful supporters of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation since the early 1990’s, when San Diego County residents overwhelmingly voted to protect the Cleveland National Forest by establishing the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) in 1993.

The 20 year FCI preservation plan sunset in December 2013. The county, misinterpreting the sunset clause, has been working to determine the appropriate zoning within the Cleveland National Forest since that time. We at CNFF strongly urge the County Supervisors to continue to uphold the will of the voters by readopting the FCI and  protect property within the boundary of the CNF from subdivisions . Any new development should occur WITHIN, and NOT outside country town boundaries where forest values begin.

The rivers, reservoirs and streams fed by our Forest are vital to our region and immensely important in age of climate change and drought.  Unnecessary development within these fragile wild lands would endanger water quality, compromise habitat, and increase regional fire vulnerability.

UT San Diego published an Op Ed by La Mesa Councilman Art Madrid and CNFF Director Duncan McFetridge last year discussing the history and necessity of continued Forest Conservation Initiative protections last May, entitled: “Cleveland National forest needs protection.”

The County Board of Supervisors will discuss options for preserving or developing sensitive forest lands on Wednesday, June 25. The agenda and times will likely be posted by this Friday, June 20.

We at the Cleveland National Forest Foundation need your help to keep the forest wild and free!

Ways you can help:

  • Attend the Wednesday, June 25 meeting and give public comment in support of extending the protections in the Forest Conservation Initiative
  • Email the County Board of Supervisors and County Clerk
  • As always, make a tax-deductible donation to continue the work of CNFF.

We hope to see you on June 25, and please feel free to email us with any questions.

Cleveland National Forest Foundation
Po Box 779
Descanso, California 91916