Oaks, Threats to Our Region

Protect Oak Woodlands

The primary threat to oaks is that they are still viewed as property owned by the title holder to the land in which they live, rather than as integral members of the web of life there. Oaks are killed in this region primarily by landowners who sell them for firewood. We believe that California native oaks are all threatened species,…

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Climate Change, Threats to Our Region, Water

Current Drought

February 17, 2016 In spite of January giving us over 9 inches of rain locally, more than 81 percent of the state is still suffering from “severe, extreme, or exceptional drought.” Last wineter’s snowpack levels of eight to nine percent of the average were the lowest ever recorded.[i] On March 15, 2015, the senior water scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion…

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Threats to Our Region

Headwater Forests

“To protect your rivers, protect your mountains.” —Chinese Emperor Yu The principles underlying the maintenance of a healthy water cycle tell us to start sinking water into the ground at the top of the watershed. The management of the forests in the headwaters of Elder Creek is perhaps the most critical issue in the current water crises we face. Trees,…

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Threats to Our Region

Poisons

Do you want to keep surface and groundwater clean? • Don’t dispose of or use chemicals on your land known to cause health problems for most life forms (see below for details). • Tell the county not to spray herbicide along the road that abutts your property. • Fix all fluid leaks on all your vehicles. • Educate yourself about…

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Threats to Our Region

Fracking

Fracking is a process of oil and natural gas extraction that involves pumping huge amounts of chemical-laden water (2 million gallons over the life cycle of a typical well), at high pressures, deep into the earth to “hydraulically fracture,” or frack, subterranean shale formations to release the oil/gas within. The chemicals in the water could be almost anything (they do…

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