I agree with her statements in the comment below – and felt the same way when I read the article in the paper.
After thinking on it for a bit I realized that you can have some trails and restoration too. At the top of the list should be consideration of the desired conditions for the proper functioning of the Laguna ecosytem. On way to push this idea is to deal with it in the EIR that should be part of the project.
If it is not dealt with, the City of SR , and the County and RB, will be bleeding through the nose trying to fix things that can not be fixed – forever.
This is very similar to the SR Creek Master Plan. The answer to the problem is do it right. See CAG comments on same.
Coast Action Group
I read this and thought you might be interested.
Have a great wet weekend,
I read, with great sadness, your editorial of Dec. 6th, regarding the Laguna Access trail system. As a field biologist, I studied the Laguna for nearly 20 years. In that time I witnessed the near extinction of many local plants and animals at the hands of or mere exposure to humans. As a result, I changed careers to avoid seeing the inundation and ultimate demise.
Many ground dependent and ground nesting species are extremely sensitive to disturbance of any kind. These include burrowing owls, short eared owls, doves, ducks, geese, badgers, foxes and more. I used to see all of these in abundance in addition to the meadowfoam and goldfields which inhabit the vernal pools and are now on the endangered species list and living mostly in mitigation “zoos” without many of their counter parts including the solitary bees that pollinate them.
When I voted for openspace, I had hoped for protection of these species, not exploitation and extinction. And, with the introduction of boats, you can kiss our beautiful wood ducks good bye.