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PG&E’s vegetation policy isn’t taking into account the unique science of redwoods. Redwoods form a natural canopy that blocks the light hitting the ground creating very little undergrowth. Remove their branches and the terrain begins to fill with highly flammable grass and bushes. Photo by: Allie_Caulfield creativecommons.org - [CC BY 2.0 ]
PG&E’s vegetation policy isn’t taking into account the unique science of redwoods. Redwoods form a natural canopy that blocks the light hitting the ground creating very little undergrowth. Remove their branches and the terrain begins to fill with highly flammable grass and bushes. Photo by: Allie_Caulfield creativecommons.org - [CC BY 2.0 ]

Taking Out Healthy Trees
Is Not the Answer

Homeowners can be pro-active with this
and not have live, non-threatening trees taken down

Aug 26, 2019
by Natasha Pehrson

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The large redwoods outside of my airy cyber-hut are outlined in the fog today! I must admit that I called the fog in as I do not like really hot weather any more! For years I basked on the beach (usually in Mexico or Guatemala) like an iguana-not now!

I have been hearing the not so-cheerful sound of chippers as tree cutters clean up after taking down many trees in our area. I agree with getting rid of dead trees and trimming others which may threaten power lines, but let's not go overboard with this! As reported by many local folks, PG&E has hired many different companies to do their work, supposedly to prevent against their power lines causing another devastating wild fire. I really think that more homeowners can be pro-active with this and not have live, non-threatening trees taken down! I saw a heart-breaking pic of a cut in Camp Meeker, where redwoods lay in a hug pile on the side if Bohemian Hway-not necessary! People are afraid naturally, of a fire, but taking out many of our fine trees is not the answer!!

As you reads this, The 20th Cazadero Old Time BBQ is about to happen on Sunday, September 1st at the Music Camp from 12-5 p.m. A splendid day, filled with terrific events, tasty steak or chicken BBQ, big raffle, kid's games and face-painting, cold beverages from the Cazadero VFD, dessert table run by the Community Church, Bingo and more! To enter the pie contest, please call Sallie at 632 5211. If you don't yet have tickets, you may go online to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4229602 or call Maureen at 8652365 to buy tix locally. This very important fund-raiser donates all proceeds directly back into the community, via the Fire Departments, Montgomery Elementary School, Sky Garden, and local scholarships for Cazadero El Molino graduates. The nextmeetng of the caz Club will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. at  Firehall#1. Please come and help your neighbors plan events which benefit the entire community!

Welcome back to all Montgomery Elementary School students and staff. The 2019-2020 school year promises to be a good one and students will have many opportunities for learning and with field trips. School will be closed on Labor Day, September 2nd. Thanks to the Booster Club for all of their work.

The recent MAC joint meeting held at the Firehall was packed with over 100 interested folks.Lots of good information was supplied by State Senator MIke McGuire, Mark Bramfitt re fire department consolidation and a presentation by Carleon Safford of Fire Safe Sonoma covering residential vegetation management in rural areas. You may access the meeting at www.sonomacounty.ca.gov/lrrmac Special thanks to our MAC rep Mike Nicholls for all of his time and expertise.

As summer progresses, be sure to shop at Cazadero Supply's 1st Saturday 15% Discount day.An amazing array of yard, vehicle and household items for all of your projects await you. Raymond's Bakery continues its Friday Pizza and Music Nights.  Both the Cazadero and Duncans Mills General Stores have daily grocery needs, plus many locally-grown meats and smoked-salmon, wines and body-care products. The Duncans Mills Tea Shop offers teas and a variety of related gift items. Cape Fear Cafe'cooks up delicious New Orleans inspired California cuisine, Gold Coast Cafe', across Hway #116 has a wonderful  back deck for relaxing with your tasty coffee, yummy baked goods and pizza.

The Russian River Jewish Community will celebrate the New Year-Rosh HaShana on Saturday, September 28that Armstrong Woods. This is a joyous event, filled with music from Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, ritual readings and songs, a great festivity in the beautiful redwoods plus a tasty potluck. Please call632-5545 for info. 

Contact Cathy at schezer@comcast.net  to volunteer for the Sky Garden.

The Annual Cazadero Holiday Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 10-4 p.m. also at the Firehall. Please call 632-5545  for info and applications.

I wish very happy September birthdaysto Vanessa Alexander and Branum Spliethof Jr. on the 5th, community volunteer Charlotte Berry celebrates on the 6th, Jessica Shepard on the 14th, my dear friend and great cartoonist Dave Caplan on the 16th, Rose Orlando-Griggs on the 21st, Colin Desmond on the 22nd, Jessica McBain on the 25th and Kaity Berry has her day on the 26th.

Enjoy the rest of Summer, please drive carefully, especially now that schools are open and call me at  632-5545  or emailmayawrld@sonic.net  with info for your Cazadero Column!

Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson

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