At Buena Vista Park,
the NAP proposal is for 6.1 acres of the 36 acre park to become a “natural area”.
The intent here is to protect a coastal live oak forest.
The plan would implement the following:
· Destruction of non-native plants
and shrubs at NAP discretion.
· Ten eucalyptus and acacia trees
will be removed. Additionally, destruction of non-native saplings and seedlings
(these are by common definition trees) in this area shall be in total. NAP officials
do not believe they need to be accountable to the public for the number of seedlings or saplings they remove. Please click here to see NAP Director Lisa Wayne's definition of a tree (refer to item #4)
· Reduction in “predation
pressure”. This would refer to the killing of feral cats and any other
wildlife NAP deems unacceptable.
· Use of the Dog Play Area (DPA)
adjacent to this “natural area” should be monitored, and if use escalates, it may be modified to on-leash or on-trail. Relocation of the DPA could be considered.
Although it may be admirable to protect the coast live oak forest, the birds,
plants and animals that inhabit this “natural area” are not threatened or endangered by the standards the State
and Federal government set. The designation of “sensitive” this plan
attributes to some birds in this area is a designation determined by some local bird enthusiasts, nothing more. The rationale for monitoring and perhaps eliminating the DPA here is that the dogs may disturb these “sensitive”
This plan intentionally discriminates among species, none of which are legally afforded
protection, and we find that disturbing. Why is it that these birds are afforded greater privileges than the pets of taxpayers
who actually support this park? How is it rational to establish a DPA for recreation,
yet threaten to take it away if you use it! A balance should be established;
this DPA should not be in jeopardy because of this “natural area”.