Once again back by popular demand, Treehuggers International returns with coverage of state, federal and local races, and propositions on the ballot for California’s November 6th general election (NO on 32, YES on 37), including U.S. House races in California and the all-important mayoral race for the city of San Diego (vote for Bob Filner!). Also, at no extra charge, a completely cranky essay on being a Democrat from Treehuggers International founder Tommy Hough.
If you’re a fan of the trails and the variety of environments and ecosystems found at all elevations in the four Southern California National Forests, please lend your help to Treehuggers International and our friends with the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Los Angeles office of The Wilderness Society, Wilderness4All, Friends of the River, the California Wilderness Coalition and San Gabriel Mountains Forever in rallying to ensure protection and appropriate management of wilderness-quality public lands.
Back by popular demand and better late than never, with coverage of state, federal and local races, and propositions on the ballot for California’s June 5th primary election, including dozens of U.S. House races in California, the all-important mayoral race for the city of San Diego, and a judicial race you need to know about. You’ll also find a couple of write-in suggestions. Remember, you can even take the Treehuggers International Voter’s Guide into the ballot box with you on your smart phone.
A special guest column from Treehuggers International friend and fellow conservation colleague Rick Halsey, the director of the California Chaparral Institute and a member of the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum. Rick is currently putting together a talk for the International Mediterranean Ecosystems conference in Los Angeles in September, and shares a response he wrote to Mike Rogers, a retired Forest Service supervisor, in response to an e-mail Mr. Rogers sent to Forest Service fire scientist Jack Cohen.
Named for Congressman Wally Herger, representing California’s 2nd District since 1987, this seemingly benign piece of legislative-speak attached to an otherwise crucial piece of defense legislation would “prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce the Travel Management Rule, relating to the designation of roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use, in any administrative unit of the National Forest System.” The measure is intended to force the Forest Service to lift restrictions on off-road vehicle use in National Forests.
As the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress gets underway, there remains hope among conservationists some 21 wilderness and wildland protection bills currently in legislative circulation may be passed as an omnibus public lands bill while Democrats still command effective, if vanishing majorities. Lawmakers from both parties have long wish lists, but the coming shift in the political landscape may compel the outgoing Democratic majority in the House to make a last-ditch push for a public lands “legacy” bill. You can help.
The best way to get people excited about the natural history and legacy of California State Parks is by getting friends, family, and neighbors into the Great Outdoors to experience parks and connect with them. Whether in a Redwood grove at Prairie Creek, hiking the bluffs at Montaña de Oro, or savoring the view from Font’s Point at Anza-Borrego, it doesn’t take much for the average person, when confronted with the beauty and wonder California State Parks, to find their “batteries recharged” and their sense of peace and balance restored.
With coverage of state, federal, and local races, and propositions on the ballot for California’s November 2nd general election. For Treehuggers International, Prop. 21 remains the most important measure on the ballot. Tommy Hough has spoken at length on the air, at gatherings, and in conjunction with conservation partners about the need to preserve California’s laudable state park system, which preserves some of the Golden State’s finest landscapes and historic environments for its citizens, offering an affordable retreat for exercise, reflection, and recreation.