Cambrian Letters to the Editor Dec. 6

December 6, 2012 

Fencing the ranches

I couldn’t agree more with Harry Farmer’s Viewpoint (Nov. 29). I am one of the decades-long walkers (27 years) that he wrote about. My daughters grew up spending their summers in their forest “fort” reading books as the deer walked by. I enjoyed walking through the forest from my home on Weymouth Street and on to French Corner Bakery for a pastry to make up for the lost calories.

I am upset that I just had to pay out $115 that may go towards another masticator on private lands chewing up more forest in order to save it.

However, if it is truly necessary to fence in the forest in order to halt the spread of weeds and fire danger posed by walkers, then it is obvious to me that we also need to get a similar fence around the Fiscalini Ranch so that we can save it as well. (Sorry, Jo Ellen, I was just trying to make a point.)

Doug Hay
Cambria

Support local shops

Dear Cambria residents: Most of our local shops rely on tourism to earn a living. Because of the economy, the few tourists who do come aren’t spending, and the shops are really hurting.

Quite a few shops are empty or going out of business at an alarming rate.

Without our shops, Cambria would lose its charm — and many residents.

Our shops give money and merchandise year ’round to many local causes. They need our help NOW.

So, let’s try and support the town this holiday season by shopping locally. Our shops have great one-of-a- kind items. Many shops give local holiday discounts to say “thanks” for your support.

Give back today, so we can have a town tomorrow.

Chris Carter
Cambria

A huge success!

On Saturday, Nov. 24, we held the Coast Union Alumni Game and Dinner Fundraiser. It was a huge success! There was lots of fun watching the alumni teams compete against the high school teams. There was a delicious Mexican dinner served. It took the community support, the parent and player volunteers to make it a success. The money raised will go to support both the girls and boys varsity soccer programs.

We want to thank all those who helped! There are too many to list, but we would like to give special thanks to El Chorlito, Medusa’s and San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill for making donations of food; Marisela Catalan for heading up the dinner preparations and serving of the meal; all the parents of the players who helped prepare and serve food, work in the snack bar and at the entry gate. Also, we want to thank the players for taking ownership of this fundraiser by garnering support from their families and working the fundraiser.

Coaches Tamara Corbet, Luis Plasencia, Lorenzo Catalan and Juan Bucio
Cambria

Aggressive fencing

The conservation easement for the Covell Ranch does not allow grazing in the forest area of the ranch. It calls for fencing between the specified grazing areas and the forest to keep cattle out — not in.

Unfortunately, The Nature Conservancy has decided on a landowner-friendly policy at the expense of the conservation requirements of the easement and the public good.

Money for the easement came from Caltrans TEA (pedestrian and bicycle trail enhancement) funds. It would seem more appropriate for The Nature Conservancy to allow public access to the trails throughout the forest — as has been the case for decades — rather than cattle. It would certainly be less destruction to the natural habitat.

The Nature Conservancy says they are always happy to engage with locals regarding their management projects, although they did not do so before building the most aggressive steel post, 6-wire fence in the county. It might be a good idea to engage with them before they stock the forest with cattle. Their contact regarding this matter is: mconner@tnc.org.

I find it disheartening that The Nature Conservancy, Ca lFire and the landowner have all worked together to create this unhappy result.

Adrian E. Taron
Cambria

Beauty dawns on him

I have always enjoyed visiting the most unique tree in Cambria; namely, the dawn redwood at the upper end of Wall Street. It is a beautiful and stately tree, very pretty in the fall when its needles turn to fall colors before they are dropped. The tree is one of the few deciduous conifers. At one time there was a wooden board identifying the tree, but some vandals removed it within the last few years.

Cambria is a special place where you can see all three species of redwood trees remaining on the Earth today. We have the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides and some specimens of the giant redwood, Sequoiadendron giganteum. All three species belong to the plant family Cupressaceae which plant family has been around about 250 million years. About 40 species of trees in the family Cupressaceae have been recorded. Today, only three species remain.

The dawn redwood has been called a living fossil. In 1941 it was first described as a fossil by a Japanese scientist and it was found growing wild in one valley in China in1944.

Harvard University sent an expedition in 1948 to collect seeds. The seeds were distributed throughout the country. It would be interesting to know who planted the seed in Cambria, maybe in the early ’50s. The tree is now available in some local nurseries.

The dawn redwood today grows as an ornamental tree throughout the U.S. but we have only one mature specimen in Cambria, to my knowledge. Cambrians who enjoy history and natural history need to be alert and not let the dawn redwood on Wall Street disappear from Cambria.

Kurt Bohnsack
San Diego and Cambria

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