Should the YMCA be allowed to log Camp Jones Gulch in perpetuity, without further public review?
Original post made by Andrea Gemmet on Dec 8, 2006
Camp Jones Gulch is familiar to generations of San Mateo County schoolchildren as the location of the week-long Outdoor Education program.
Key issues in the debate over the logging plan are maintaining and restoring the land, reducing fire hazards, protecting the remaining groves of old-growth redwood trees, and protecting the marbled murrelet, an endangered sea bird that nests in old-growth and some second-growth forests.
The CDF is not expected to make a decision on the logging permit for several months.
The YMCA held a meeting on Dec. 3 to explain its position to a skeptical crowd. An Almanac story about the logging plan can be found here: Web Link
on Dec 9, 2006 at 1:54 pm
I feel very strongly that the YMCA should WITHDRAW the NTMP LOGGING plan. It is horrifying that once this logging plan is approved it is set in place PERMANENTLY with NO FURTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT! The NTMP plan will also allow the logging of any oldgrowth tree that the YMCA lables as a "hazard" tree. This 900 acre property is a priceless and delicate habitat--once it is gone it is gone forever.
on Dec 9, 2006 at 2:21 pm
As a Bay Area resident for the past 16 years and an outdoor enthusiast, I feel strongly that the YMCA's should withdraw its request for an NTMP permit. The claim that this plan will help minimize fire hazard and promote a healthier forest seems to me to be a thin facade for the Y's desire to make money. The last time I checked, large redwoods are fire retardant, and the scrubby stuff that comes up after logging is the real fire hazard. If the YMCA needs to make money, there are lots of more creative ways to do it than logging their outdoor camp. A conservation easement would be a great way to help meet the financial needs of the camp without alienating the public. In the end, the camp's success will hinge on the YMCA's ability to retain the support of the community as a whole.
on Dec 9, 2006 at 3:01 pm
It is unforgivable that the YMCA wants to cut down these incredible old Redwood and Douglas fir trees. The need for money does not justify damaging this beautiful and unique forest ecosystem. I have lived in this area for over 40 years; and in that time I have seen the drastic reduction of old forests such as these. The permanent change that the YMCA's plan will make is very real and upsetting to me.
I dearly hope that they withdraw their request for an NTMP permit.