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This is an excellent article on wildfires in the Western United States. It points out the problems facing new urban forestry and the effects of climate change caused mega-wildfires.
The problem is immense. Over half the Forest Service Budget goes to fighting wildfires. As summers become longer fuels dryout sooner and uncontrollable wildfires rage. The interface between homes and forests become a disaster waiting to happen and many forest ecologist predict that over half of western forests will be converted to grassland in the next 50 years.
Thinning and fuel reduction can help reduce the danger in the urban forest interface, but this article points out the problems generated when lobbyist promote logging company interest over sound forest management.
Please Kokua Maunalua Bay.
Please express your views about a proposed venture to sell the opportunity to mix cremated remains with materials to create reef balls and submerge them in Maunalua Bay.
Malama Maunalua, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, Aha Wahine, HULI, the Portlock Community Association and the Maunalua Koko Kai Community Association oppose this proposed use of our fragile marine resource in Maunalua Bay.
The proposed artificial memorial reef will not provide any environmental benefit to Maunalua Bay and it may well have negative impacts on this fragile marine resource. Dr. Robert Richmond, highly -recognized coral expert of the University of Hawaii, states “the proposed designed reef will do nothing to address the root causes of decline in Maunalua Bay.”
The benefit, if any, is economic – not environmental. The commercial venture who would sell the opportunity to have ashes interred in the reef balls and submerged in the Bay.
Here’s how you can express your views:
Email your opposition to:
Senator Sam Slom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Laura Thielen: email@example.com
Representative Gene Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Mark Hashem:email@example.com
Suzanne Case, Chair, DLNR: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahalo nui for your support of a healthier Maunalua, mauka to makai.
HB1850, promoted by Airbnb and Airbnb’s champions in the legislature, has passed the state house and senate by the narrowest veto-sustaining margin (14-11) and is greased to go into law unless we can convince GOVERNOR IGE to VETO it RIGHT NOW. The result will be an explosion of mini-hotels throughout our residential neighborhood. The cost of rent will skyrocket.
HB1850 will allow companies like Airbnb to rent illegal B&Bs, collect GE tax from those transient rentals and hide the illegal neighborhood busting, transient rental industry behind the vail of a legitimate rental company.
WE MUST STOP HB1850 NOW – BY INSISTING THAT GOVERNOR IGE RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO SURRENDER OUR PUBLIC BEACHES, PUBLIC PARKS, PUBLIC LANDS, RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS, LEGITIMATE HOTEL INDUSTRY, HOTEL INDUSTRY WORKERS AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO EVEN MORE ILLEGAL VACATION RENTALS IN HOPES THAT HE WILL COLLECT A FEW MORE NICKELS FOR THE STATE TREASURY.
Take these easy steps NOW:
FIRST – Phone GOVERNOR IGE’s office IMMEDIATELY [(808) 586-0034] before his voice mailbox fills up. Ask him to VETO HB1850 and tell him why. Let his office know that you are a voter, a taxpayer, and are upset that HB1850 might become law.
SECOND – Send the governor your online opinion right now. Ask him to VETO HB1850. Click here to send your opinion to Governor Ige.
THIRD – Phone GOVERNOR IGE’s office [(808) 586-0034] again in a few days. Ask him to VETO HB1850 and tell him why.
GOVERNOR IGE has publicly announced that he SUPPORTS HB1850. We must change his mind.