Editor,

We are a community of cabin owners nestled in a historic old-growth forest up Highway 4 in Camp Connell. We have great concerns with our healthy trees being targeted for cut and removal by PG&E. We recently met with our District 3 supervisor, along with one of your talented reporters, and our Supervisor is assisting us in going to the next steps in contacting a PG&E representative who can help us collaborate and act on a viable solution for our critical situation. We welcome conversation and a proactive, common sense solution, and this, we know, does not entail cutting down healthy trees, but rather upgrading the infrastructure in conjunction with sound vegetation management that leaves healthy trees intact.

In regard to our lane, two of the five power poles on our lane are old and severely leaning and overloaded with too much weighted equipment. The powerlines sag during storms and needed to be replaced years ago. We have had other recent PG&E repairs on our lane caused from prior winter damage, but the stated problems were overlooked. Our lane is only a quarter mile long. We are aware of PG&E’s modern safety devices that they have available for immediate upgrade to their archaic/outdated equipment. In a nutshell, PG&E has everything available to do this critical repair work the right way, right now! Cutting down our beautiful, green, healthy old-growth trees is not the answer; it is a draconian approach that is not based in data and with any foresight as to the ecological ramifications.

If this runaway freight train that is PG&E is allowed to follow through with their disastrous plan, there will be negative consequences at all levels:

The balance of nature severely disrupted with massive erosion, siltation in to creeks, harm to animal life (habitat ruination), and trees left standing without protection from other trees, thus becoming vulnerable to high winds, etc.

Property owners rights and properties violated, aesthetically speaking, properties (land and dwellings) will be less attractive, lose their value, and be potentially susceptible to all of the natural factors mentioned. We have rights, and our rights may not be infringed upon. In Krieger v. Pacific Gas and & Electric Co (1981) in which Krieger won: “We know of no principle of law or power in a court of equity to justify or authorize an invasion of the property rights of one private party to serve the convenience or necessities of another private party.”

Our Sierra mountain range and foothills have been under severe stress and attack from bark beetle outbreaks and years of drought. We have already lost countless millions of trees in our forests from these devastating factors. Questions for those who read this: Do you think taking out healthy trees, (mature trees are actually fire resistant!) vs. updating the existing infrastructure is the answer to fire prevention?

We are talking of up to 100 million trees cut by PG&E contractors! Where are the environmental impact reports? Where is the data showing that aggressive vegetation removal is the solution? Is PG&E’s plan going to help slow down and combat “global warming” and “climate change” or will it accelerate these phenomena just like deforestation around our globe is currently doing right now? Please look at the facts. We encourage everyone who loves the forest, has a place in the woods or even comes to visit, to do their homework, get the correct answers, and don’t fall for what you are being told. Property owners, know your rights, you can say no! To sum it up, this environmental carnage must stop immediately for the health of our Earth, the trees, animals and us! Green Lives Matter!

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