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NH 2020: It’s not true; it’s a lie

I believe it is my responsibility to review the facts, evaluate the information, and make informed choices. So I have recently taken the time and made the effort to become informed on the Natural Heritage 2020 program.

I attended a few Community Advisory Committee and working group meetings. I wanted to see first hand if the claims of a “closed process” and “no public input allowed” are true. It’s not true; it’s a lie. The public is not only welcomed, but is encouraged to participate.

I reviewed the list of volunteers that make up the Community Advisory Committee and working groups. I wanted to know if the claims that they are “a bunch of extreme environmentalists” are true. It’s not true; it’s a lie.

The volunteers include a real estate agent, the executive director of the Nevada County Contractors Association, a retired U.S. Forest Service Forest supervisor and the director of Amenities of East West Partners (a real estate development and resort company). I saw the largest grape grower and vintner in Nevada County, the director of the Nevada Irrigation District and the superintendent of the Pleasant Ridge Union School District. I saw the retired commissioner of the Nevada County Agricultural Commission and a building contractor and past president of the Contractors Association of Truckee-Tahoe.

I reviewed the Forestry and Recreation Working Group recommendations. I wanted to know how they would “steal your property rights,” as claimed. It’s not true; it’s a lie. The recommendations provide incentives to land owners, promote increased fire safety, cut red tape, and balance our resources with our future needs. The recommendations clearly state “no eminent domain” and “protect private property rights.”

It’s clear the STOP NH 2020 folks have decided against it without knowing what the program is about and what it is intended to do. It is our duty as responsible community members to make an educated decision on facts vs. emotion.

Please take the time to read the recommendations and make an informed choice. I did, and the recommendations are good. It’s not a lie; it’s the truth!

Valerie Brown

Nevada City

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