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Response to Bob Edwards

Posted By Submitted On June 23, 2014 @ 11:55 am In Letters to the Editor | Comments Disabled

The question at hand regarding dogs on the Montini Preserve is not about whether people have an impact on wildlife or nature or if there is poop in general. The City did not commission a study on that. The issue is whether dogs impact the natural resource values of the Preserve. According to the City commissioned biological review and supporting scientific literature, they do. And since dogs represent recreational use, they come in third place in the case of any conflicting values. That’s two counts against dogs on Montini.

The current Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District regime favors preservation, in spite of how some may want to minimize that consideration, that’s the current and controlling context. Read the Easement; this much is pretty clear. Those are the values we are referencing and the values that are at stake.

Fact: the recreational component of the Conservation Easement doesn’t override the natural resources component; and no dogs was not just because State Parks was going to be the successor agency. APOSD tries to put the strongest Easement possible anyway. These are the values that current land management on Montini has to be consistent with, not what it was, or what land use is next door, not anything else but what the Easement says now. If words mean what they say, I’m hopeful there will be no dogs on Montini.
Fred Allebach

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