Felicita Weeders Liberating one Englemann at a time

We had a very good day freeing up the areas around established Englemann Oak trees chokes with weeds.  And, lo and behold, we found miners lettuce, monkey flowers, and other natives struggling to survive.  It was very satisfying!  Here’s a before and after photo of one area.

Los Angeles Times: Health hazards of living near freeways and mapping tool

On March 2, the Los Angeles Times ran an important cover story about the health hazards of living near freeways. Here is the article.  Los Angeles Time Living Near Freeways.

It also includes an amazing mapping tool that allows you to type in any address and see the distance it is from a freeway.  It shows the 500 and 1,000 foot region that are most impacted, particularly for children, the elderly, and those with already compromised respiratory systems such as asthmatics.

This issue has come up in Escondido several times, most recently during the discussion around the Oak Creek housing development. During that time, Escondido Neighbors United shared the Air Resources Board’s  (ARB) air quality and land use planning guidance document and scientific data summaries on this issue with our local decision-makers to no avail.  The ARB recommends homes and schools be placed no closer than 500 feet.  ENU asked the Escondido City Council to deny projects that would locate people in homes or schools near known health hazards–such as freeways.

This is an issue that will continue to be of concern for people in the region.  We will continue to raise this issue with the Escondido City Council and the County as projects move forward.  We renew our request for the Council to establish a policy that will avoid projects that knowingly put people in harm’s way and within 500 feet of a freeway.   Air quality and health are issues that are important to and affect all of us.  And, so, all of us should work together to address these important issues.

Learn Your Birds with Palomar Audubon Spring Birding Class

Palomar Audubon Society is again offering bird classes on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning on March 14th, 2017.  There will also be three field trips on March 25, April 8 and 22.   There will be both a beginner and an intermediate class.  One class is $60 but you can take both for $90.

Please sign up by March 10th.  No matter your level you are sure to learn a LOT from expert Phoenix Von Hendy a long-time birding leader and naturalist.

Or mail your information (name, class, email, phone) and check to Palomar Audubon Society, PB Box 2483, Escondido, CA 92033-2483 by March 10th.