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