Friday, September 5, 2014
This is the Land “Use” Report. Mostly, this weekday report talks about the decisions we make about how we will “use” the land. Will farmland remain farmland, or be turned into shopping centers? Will housing developments be required to provide at least some percentage of affordable housing, or not? Will we develop water supplies to meet the demands of new growth, or will we tailor new developments so that they live within the water supplies we already have?
Obviously, questions like these are critically important for our future, economically, socially, and certainly environmentally.
There is another way to think about our relationship to the land. Aren’t there places where we should just keep our big hands off? No decisions about “use” needed. We are just going to leave the land alone. The federal Wilderness Act, fifty years old this year, takes that approach.
A local nonprofit group, dedicated to wilderness protection, is the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, and I would like to give you a “heads up” about their “Wild and Scenic Film Festival,” to be held on Saturday, September 13th, at the Golden State Theatre, at 417 Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey. I am giving you time to get your tickets in advance. Check it out at kusp.org/landuse. Santa Cruz-raised movie star Adam Scott will be there in person, acting as the MC.