Letter to Eddie About the Arosa Canyon Cleanup
It has been good talking to you over the phone about the Arosa Canyon Overgrowth Cleanup. I offer you my services as Your Enchanted Gardener. I want to share with you some insights I am having now, as I look at the unnatural consequences of the first round of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) irradication project on one of my neighbors properties.
Coming up from the canyon, my entire property looks and feels different. I think we miss the importance of Natural Order and how the plants of this Arosa Canyon are doing us a favor as humans. Now that we have completed our first round of getting rid of the Arundo and other plants, and after tending tools to the clean up crew of Manual Chazarin, as well as speaking to a number of my numbers who are facing extreme stress, I want to share what I see.
THE OVERGROWTH CLEAN UP NEEDED TO BE APPROACHED WITH FRIENDLY LETTERS
The first line of approach for the Overgrowth Cleanup would have been to call the the neighbors together and together, as a team, approach and here comments from all involved, including the Fire Prevention Bureau, as well as all neighbors who commonly share the fresh air and ambiance of living along this canyon.
I recently attended the El Cerrito Community Council in our neighborhood. I met a very passionate man, Bill Harris, a storm drain educator, who opened my eyes. He told us how we needed to be aware that water and pollutants that go down the storm drain. Things we put down into the Arosa Canyon could very well enter the watershed.
This concerned me very much. For a number of years, I have been studying the effects of Roundup Herbicide. I realize there is much controversy about using and not using this Glysophate product. Even our EPA is considering outlawing it entirely, and yet, we here, even the gardeners and biologist involved, considers it safe. This is only one of the issues involved here.
M first concern is that the present and future of the Arosa Canyon needs to be approached as a whole, not as if we are opposing forces. No one here wants fire. No one here wants environmental destruction; and yet, look at the trail of results we are leaving behind here.
I am seeing many native plants unrooted. I am seeing the home of wildlife and birdlife, reptiles, and amphibians not taken into account with the results of our actions.
Looking over the hillside, the result of good natured neighbors wanting to comply against a time clock, I am seeing well meaning clean up crews called in who are not arborists by profession.
If this were public property, this project would have been approached with an Environmental Impact Report, and many people would have sat down. We would have figured how how to fund this project, not imagine that private individuals who share a canyon rim, are the sole people responsible financially.
We still need to sit down about this.
I have spoken before the City Council. I am in favor of community gardens as well as environmental open space, and we all need to come together now to discuss what we are doing here with the Arosa Canyon and its best possible future.
I salute you, Eddie for your good intentions, and send props to you for having a great staff. I have enjoyed working with Sylvia Sowadski. I realize you are overburdened with responsibilities, I want to share as well that we as private homeowners are being asked to do a job that crosses private ownership boundaries.
It is time now to call a community meeting and discuss the best possible future for the Arosa Canyon and all concerned.
Extending a hand of friendship,
Your Enchanted Gardener
December 3, 2011
WATCH THIS VIDEO:
NOTE THAT ARUNDO WAS MULCHED AND RETURNED TO THE 32nd Street Canyon. Herbicides were used. THere are other approaches without herbicides that will work as well, according to the protocols suggested by the There was a community project, many working together, to restore the canyon.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE KIND OF ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT THAT IS DEVELOPED WHEN ARUNDO AND OTHER RESTORATION PROJECTS ARE TAKEN ON