We would like to bring to your attention that the County has contracted with Natures Image (Healing the Environment) to eradicate Scotch Broom on Camino Cielo using Roundup. We discovered this today on our walk. We were thrilled at first to have the beautiful yellow flowers back with their wonderful scent. It has been an annual timekeeper for us. We were shocked that the eradication technique used was Roundup. We understand that Scotch Broom is a non-native and invasive. The workers said they had a contract for 14 acres. That is a lot of Roundup, to say the least! We are now exploring how best to inquire as to the decision making process that resorted to using Roundup to eradicate Scotch Broom. Any of your ideas would be appreciated. There are alternative techniques that do not involve using pesticides on sensitive environments. It is, in fact, useless to do this type of eradication so late in the year. All of the Roundup they are using will NOT accomplish the intended objective, but it will harm the environment. P.S. The green spray color is Roundup.
This is so frustrating! Around 15 years ago, I saw CalTrans spraying around all the drains along the 154. The were spraying Roundup and Goaltender. Both nasty stuff. I called Forest Watch, who didn't care that this was going to be washed down into our creeks at the first rain. Janet Wolf was extremely responsive and sent me a follow up email with all the information she had gathered. I can't remember if I was able to contact someone with the Forest Service proper. Gordon, would you be willing to reach out to our County Sup? I think a post on edhat would also be warranted. More voices out there. It might be too late in the end, but if those within the County that made this decision got their wrist slapped by the constituents, they might think twice about doing it again.... "Healing environments" yah.
I'll nose around regarding the Forest Service - it's their road. County Roads flail it, but it was the Forest Service that was responsible for repairing the large sinkhole/slump on the road above Knapp's.