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Goodbye property rights?

Should the Fire Plan be accepted, what will it mean to our county? The term “enforcement” shows up frequently in the plan, as does “defensible space,” brush clearing, tree removal and the word “stewardship.” What does all this mean to property owners? Will the county have the authority to micromanage our property by hiring out the clearing work and subsequently billing the owner? Clearing costs are estimated at $1,000 per acre. Financial assistance may be available for some; however, assistance available today will likely be redlined tomorrow.

And what about selling our property? Is defensible space a selling requirement? After creating this space, it’s unlikely I’ll ever find buyers interested in a mountain parking lot. Are we just opening the door for more development?

We’ve chosen to live in the mountains, which means we live with the possibility of wildfires; however, we’ve also chosen nature’s landscape over urban sprawl. Those of us who love and respect the land must exemplify “true” stewardship, and not allow the word to be redefined.



Angela Brodeur

Grass Valley


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