CWPP, further info

Kelly O’Brien’s firelane blog is changing direction, as are we all, from suppression to prevention. This is an important conversation in which we all need to be involved, in whatever way we can. Jack Ellwanger of Pelican Network is also becoming very involved with this process, as is Don McQueen, according to Jack.

One way I can assist, is to locate good, reputable information to assist in the fascillitation of this conversation. I continually add information to the CWPP page as I find it, or am provided with it. There is a lot of information out there to assist us, models, plans, etc. But there is also money available to assist in this process. We do not need to create this plan alone. We have a lot of available help. What we need now, IMHO, is the science specific to our particular location to support what will work for us. One thing this fire taught us, is that we on the South Coast, those on the North Coast, our neighbors in Cachuaga, Jamesburg, and Arroyo Seco on the east, are all connected by the vast LPNF and the Ventana Wilderness. It is “our” backyard — all of ours, and we need to do something to get it “cleaned-up” sort to speak. We all have talents and skills that we can add to this endeavor. We can’t all commit to a 2-3 year project, but we might be able to bring a single thread to this interwoven tapestry. With enough threads, the piece that results is strong, useful, and beautiful, as well.

Anyway, I urge you to check my CWPP often for information and ways to educate yourselves, so that we may offer our varied and fascinating views.

Kitten dies … sigh … & CWPP

Despite my best efforts, educating myself, and picking up nipples, bottles, and kitten formula, my kitten died early this morning. I watched her fade all day yesterday, and knew she would not survive. I held her and stroked her until the end, around 2 am this morning. When she never had a chance to suckle her mom, her chances were slim, to begin with. I already miss the sound of her meowing.

On another front, it looks like there is a movement underway, at least on the North Coast, to formulate a Community Wildlife Protection Plan. Pelican Network sent out an announcement yesterday. This is what Jack said, for those not on his email list:

“With Don McQueen, owner of Big Sur Campground and Cabins, we [Pelican Network] will propose a process for developing a community-based fire management plan for Big Sur. Our direction will involve species protection (redwoods, for example) and fire ecology. The U.S. Forest Service Los Padres Ranger District now appropriates fifty per cent of its annual budget for “fire suppression.” But none for fire prevention. It has become, largely, a fire fighting agency. We will try to direct the process to prevention.”

As this takes shape, I will keep you notified.

Also a reminder about the Neighbor helping Neighbor Big Sur Gala fund-raising event next Saturday.

Saturday August 9th, 6:00 p.m.
The Monterey Conference Center
With Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor
Scot McKay & CVAC
Live Entertainment from Big Sur’s Finest – Coordinated by Jayson Fann
A Delectable Multi-Course Dinner from Big Sur’s Best Chefs – Deetjens, Cielo, Sierra Mar, Nepenthe, The Big Sur Bakery, Esalen, Highlands Inn, River Inn
A Special Salute to the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
Silent Auction – Featuring Big Sur Arts Initiative Artist Originals, Kodiak Greenwood Photography, Vacation Getaways, and more
Live Auction Including:
• A Bentley Continental GT Coupe for a Weekend
• Tickets to Pebble Beach Food & Wine
• $2500 Gift Certificate to Pacific Tweed
Your Hosts:
Supervisor Dave Potter, David Bernahl, Tom Fichera, Robert Weakley

Tickets available online. The link is posted at surfire2008.org

Sounds like a great time for a good cause!

Final thought, I did go to the Gallery opening last night, and it was nice to see my photos displayed. I will post photographs of some of the exhibit at a later time. Some really phenomenal shots by the pros. One can certainly tell the pros from the amateurs. 😉