“It’s critically important for our environment that we let trees grow old.”–Jim Wilson

Letter from Jim Wilson to Supporters: (See talking points in letter)

Dear friends and supporters of Measure C,

I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year with gratitude. Since the beginning, our work has only been possible because of your passion and faithful commitment. I am humbled by your willingness to act, and energized for everything we’ll be doing in the year ahead. Together, we will put the brakes on deforestation in Napa County, protecting water supply, wildlife, climate.

Today, our mission of passing an initiative has taken a turn. As many of you know, the Board of Supervisors adopted its new Strategic Plan at their last meeting. Because of our efforts, and the prospect of a new initiative in 2020, the Board has scheduled a study session on strategic action related to strengthening watershed protections.

What can we do? Come to the study session scheduled for 9am Tuesday, January 29, at the regularly scheduled BOS meeting. This is a big deal. Staff recommendations fall far short of the protections we need. Let’s throw our support behind the BOS as we ask them to take bold leadership that goes beyond the approval of half-way measures. Tell them it’s time to stand for our watersheds and forests. In the new abnormal, delay tactics and incrementalism won’t cut it for the kids.

You can send comment letters to your Supervisor, and to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Louie Valdez

Staff’s decision matrix with recommendations is attached. To name a few of the key recommendations that fall short:

Staff recommends 60% canopy cover retention. Our position remains 90%.
Staff recommends minimum 2:1 mitigation for tree removal. Our position remains 3:1 minimum.
Staff recommends a tiered approach to tree removal mitigation. Our position is to restrict mitigation to on-site, developable areas on slopes <30%. Staff recommends 50 foot minimum wetland setback. Our position remains 150 feet. Here is the link to agenda item 9C. http://services.countyofnapa.org/AgendaNet/GranicusMeetingDocuments.aspx?id=5597&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

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When it comes to a vibrant, regenerative, resilient watershed, we get to pick our enchantment. Do we value our natural heritage for more than just money? What are the County’s values? What are ours? Let’s make a difference Tuesday.

With deep appreciation, on behalf of the Watershed & Oak Woodland Protection Committee,

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