Pending Environmental Defense Actions
Past Successful Actions
The ruling found that the city’s environmental review of the project was inadequate. The San Diego Superior Court held that the city did not adequately disclose how the development would affect wildfire evacuations and safety in the surrounding community.
“In acknowledging the need to protect people from the increasing risk of wildfire, the court has accomplished something California’s political leaders have consistently failed to do — say no to those who would profit by putting families in harm’s way,” said Richard Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute.
Santa Rosa Mountain "Fuels" Treatment Project (5/1/13) - Victory!
High QualitySan Diego County attempts to avoid proper environmental review of their dead tree removal project by stating that there will be no significant environmental impacts (7/1/10) - Victory!
San Diego County Clearance Project (3/30/10) - Victory!
Huge clearance project on the Los Padres NF (12/15/09) - Victory!
San Diego County's Vegetation Plan to clear more than 300 square miles of native habitat (3/25/09) - Victory!
Letter to Governor Newsom with 12 Policy Recommendations on Wildfire (1/11/2019) - Governor ignored the science
Unfortunately, the governor has failed to follow the science and instead embraced Cal Fire's outdated, habitat clearance model. The details can be found here.
Letter to Governor Brown Regarding His Response to Wildfires (5/16/2018) - No response from governor
Eastern Goleta/Mountainous Communities CWPP (3/5/2019) - Influenced final version
The final plan approved by the SB Board of Supervisors on 3/5/1019 was an improvement over previous versions, but still emphasized vegetation clearance projects over actually reducing the flammability of communities.
Grass Valley Clearance Project (10/2018) - USFS ignored suggested improvements
Support SB 465: Helps Create Fire Safe Communities (9/27/2018) - Victory!
Oppose SB 901: Destroys forests and shrublands (9/2018) - Modified/Unfortunately Passed
Oppose AB 2911: Expands Defensible Space to 300 Feet (9/2018) - Unfortunately passed
Cleveland National Forest Fuel Break, Santa Ana Mts (4/20/18) - Successful Input
Rim Fire Reforestation Draft Environmental Statement (1/12/16) - USFS Ignored our Input
Our 1/10/2016 comment letter on the Draft EIR.
USFS Land Management Plan Amendment (10/3/2014) - Successful Input
The Draft Decision on the revised Plan was released for comment on January 15, 2014. We issued a comment letter on the revised Plan on May 16, 2014.
An official Objection Hearing was held in each of the four southern California National Forests. We testified at the Objection Hearing in Santa Barbara on July 17, 2014.
The USFS issued its final decision on October 3, 2014. The USFS incorporated many of our suggested changes.
Santa Barbara County Goleta Valley Community Plan (10/2/14) - Successful Input
Salvage Logging Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the Rim Fire salvage logging project (9/16/2014) - Project scope reduced, but TRO rejected
Mt. Laguna/Pine Valley Vegetation Clearing Project (1/8/14) - Successful Input
Our Comment Letter
USFS revises project, reducing the clearance of chaparral around Pine Valley, but keeps the Mt. Laguna project the same (October 21, 2013).Objection to the Revised Project (November 19, 2013)
USFS issued a final decision on our objection on 1/8/14. Although we are extremely pleased with the project's modification (eliminating nearly 1,000 acres of chaparral clearance), we are still concerned over the clearance of habitat in some areas of Mt. Laguna.