The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling, and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
We want to bring your attention to an important matter at the heart of community well-being. The Valley Women’s Club has taken a step forward by addressing their concerns in a heartfelt letter to Supervisor Bruce McPherson, shedding light on the proposed pump track in Felton Covered Bridge Park.
Our focus is not entirely opposing the idea but emphasizing the significance of the right location within the San Lorenzo Valley.
This letter presents a comprehensive list of reasons why the current park might not be the optimal spot for the pump track. The key points explored are environmental considerations, transportation safety, infrastructure, and community values. Furthermore, our message is rooted in preserving the spirit and harmony of the park. This letter is a testament to our commitment to the community’s overall welfare and ensures that decisions are grounded in thoughtfulness and community participation.
August 29, 2023
Bruce McPherson, Supervisor
Santa Cruz County Fifth District
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
I am writing to express the concerns of the Valley Women’s Club regarding the proposal for a pump track in the Felton Covered Bridge Park. Our concern is about the location of the pump track rather than there being a pump track in the San Lorenzo Valley in general.
Below is a partial list of reasons we believe the Felton Covered Bridge Park is not a suitable location for a pump track.
What makes this park so special is its rigorous design process, incorporating a volunteer effort by the community to build the park and the project’s design with respect to the historic Felton Covered Bridge Structure. In order to preserve views of the landmark Felton Covered Bridge from the intersection of Graham Hill Road and Mount Hermon, the park’s design was required to blend into its wooden surroundings. To achieve the goal of the design, a rustic design theme was incorporated into the project wherein the play structure located in front of the Covered Bridge, the informational kiosk, picnic tables, and benches were all constructed of wood so as not to detract from the view of the bridge. Adding a large cement structure and protective fencing would go against the design plan, which took years to develop.
We strongly recommend that it would be a community decision if an additional pump track is considered in the Valley; it would provide safer access, be less environmentally problematic, have adequate parking and appropriate supervision, and fit in with its surroundings.
Sincerely, Alisan Andrews, President
The Valley Women’s Club
September 29, 2023 Update: In light of the letter previously sent, we would like to include the following additional concerns: