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    Back Issues Volume 42, Number 1, 2003                
Big Sur Wilderness Bill Passes Congress Bailing out the Environment - Local couple builds sustainable home from straw bales
Local Sierra Club members Mark and Kristin Sullivan had three goals in mind when they began construction of their straw bale home in Capitola: They wanted to use the sun and the house design to heat and cool the home, heat the water, and generate electricity; they wanted to use waste and salvaged construction materials to the greatest extent possible; and they wanted to minimize the total amount of new material used. Their choices enabled them to use 40% less wood than in a conventional home of the same size ... [more]

Bush Administration trying to gut National Forest planning rules
The Bush administration released in late November revised National Forest Management Act (NFMA) rules to make forest plans voluntary and eliminate opportunities for public participation. The proposed revisions would essentially remove science and the public from the Forest Service’s decision-making process, jettison species protections and open the door to uncontrolled logging. This announcement is one of a string of decisions to rewrite National Forest management safeguards to benefit logging companies ... [more]

Forest Service bushwhacks Giant Sequoia National Monument
For years Sierra Club activists fought to protect the giant sequoia ecosystem from logging and road-building on Sequoia National Forest, home to nearly half of the world’s remaining sequoia groves. When President Clinton signed a proclamation creating Giant Sequoia National Monument, activists felt they had made a significant step in protecting the ecosystem and restoring the natural processes that had created this beautiful place ... [more]

Fort Ord Redevelopment plans provide little affordable housing | Representative Farr angered
Housing developments on the former Fort Ord are not fulfilling the promise of much-needed affordable housing. These properties are owned by the local cities which are approving the developers’ plans without requiring workforce housing. In Seaside, Hayes Housing alongside Highway 1 consists of 380 market-rate units without a single affordable house. The Marina City Council has just approved an agreement to sell 248 acres of Fort Ord land to developers who intend to build 1,050 market-rate homes. Eighty-five will be priced under $301,000 and marketed as “bridge homes,” but at press time only 20% affordable housing had been offered ... [more]

Environmental, fishing groups seek court action to protect salmon
Environmental and fishing groups have filed for an injunction in Seattle Federal District Court to limit the pesticide uses most likely to harm salmon. The move follows a July court ruling that forces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that it does not allow pesticide uses that harm endangered salmon. The groups are seeking the injunction to put interim protections in place until EPA brings its pesticide regulations into compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The action is still pending ... [more]

Coastal Commission rejects zany idea to ship water south in giant bags
Ric Davidge, a former Reagan Administration official, thought he had a million dollar idea. He proposed to take “extra” water from the Gualala and Albion Rivers in Mendocino County, put it in plastic bags as big as football fields, and tow them down to thirsty San Diego for resale. By taking the water for free, he’d make millions. You can view photos of the Gualala and Albion Rivers on, photos #12104 and #11717, respectively ... [more]

Other Articles

> Brazil Ranch tours offered
> Environmentalist appointed to Coastal Commission
> Steps to take to slow the spread of Sudden Oak Death
> Basic Management of Sudden Oak Death - Training Opportunity
> Leader needed for highway clean-up
> How I reduce my water use
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