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1. Native American legend has it that great birds such as these circling the hills bear the souls of the ancestors.

 

2. This vernal pond was originally created as cattle watering area, but has habitat value. Plans would put a housing pad on top of it.

3. Another view of the vernal pond, showing old boat at the bottom.

4. This "portal to paradise" shows an area that has retained much of its natural beauty despite human incursions.

5. This path is slated to be concreted, increasing urban runoff and lowering the ability of rainwater to sink into the groundwater basins.

6. Just one of the vistas proposed for bulldozing.

7. Future houses, or resource for the people? The idea of putting housing pads on these slopes requires massive "cut and fill" -- cut down hills and dump the fill into valleys.

8. Without meadows like this, where will the animals, and the kids, survive?

9. The Foothill Trabuco Specific Plan (FTSP) was designed to protect resources such as this, while still allowing reasonable development.

10. There is an advisory board for FTSP which unanimously opposed changing the rules to allow destruction of vistas like this.

11. Another doomed tree, if the project goes through.

12. Slated for a road and concrete...unless you stop them.

13. Some trees don't even have the dignity of a round or oblong tag, dooming them. This huge old Oak Tree is one of hundreds slated for death

14. This tree grew around one human obstacle: the terrible barbed wire menace. Now, the wire is embedded in the Oak Tree.

Views of the heart of the area.

4-H Club kids will be forced to move, if the project gets approved. Essentially the entire area must be bulldozed and compacted.

 

Where will the hawks, vultures, swifts, jays, gnatcatchers, etc., live? Essentially, the project means death to those who cannot relocate.

22. Roadway, or meadow?

 

23. Crstal Canyon area, a housing tract prior to FTSP, perhaps one of the reasons for it. Without rules, the ridge line tract would spread like cancre.

Breathtaking views, a natural park. No pesticide needed here.

29. This tree was either not listed in the inventory, or else was listed as an 11-inch diameter tree. Without public scrutiny, who is to say what they can't get away with?

31. There is a balanced indigenous variety of trees, shrubs and plants. Could 'dozing reproduce nature's handiwork?

33. Do we really need another asphalt road here?

34. Another tree calls out for mercy from the bulldozers.

35. Each tree creates a small ecosystem of its own over the decades of creatures and plants dependent upon it.

36. Another fine tree.

 

This entire area would be leveled under the proposal.

50. This gentle valley would be dug out and destroyed, with little attempt to fit the houses into the existing trees.

50c. Close-up view of threatened tree.

Some of many exposed fossils of sea creatures now many hundreds of feet above sea level

Doomed to be destroyed, along with hundreds more not exposed, if the project goes through

Hidden canyon

Hidden glen

Overview of the threatened area from local hillock

At this altitude, there are numerous small swift-like birds soaring over the hilltop

 

 

 

 

Thanks for taking this short tour of just one threatened eden. The extension of the 241 Toll Road is the reason behind this area's vulnerability. First comes roads, then the developer. Stopping roads through wilderness is the first defense of America's beauty from greedy, thoughtless developers. Previously, they worked in secret, and these scenes would be unknown to those making the decision to destroy the area; now, all the people who own these treasures can see what is at stake here and in similar areas.