Banner Mountain burning? |

Banner Mountain burning?

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!” The article in The Union on July 4 addressing the tree removal at the Banner Mountain lookout gives another prime example of my government trying to help me.

According to the article, two years ago local fire chiefs were concerned that fires wouldn’t be spotted in a timely manner because of the growth of the trees surrounding the tower. The decision was made to remove the trees. Tony Clarabut with the California Department of Forestry, who had the authority to stop the work, did. His reasoning was that the community is “sensitive” to Banner Mountain from a “visual perspective” and that “thinning and topping” the trees, rather than removal, would be a better option. Wouldn’t removing the offending trees be more visually pleasing to the community than having the mountain burn, removing all the trees? He also stated proper procedure was not followed. Why didn’t he follow up so the work could continue?

I live on the Greenhorn side of Banner Mountain and I am concerned that one man has put my family, home and community at risk.

With this kind of government intervention in my life, do you wonder why I’m outraged?

Ric Cameron

Nevada City

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