Chapter Of The
April 16, 1999
City of Arcata
736 F St.
Arcata, CA 95521
RE: Comments on Resource Conservation and Management Element of the General Plan
Dear Members of the Planning Commission,
I am writing on behalf of the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). CNPS is a nonprofit organization of over 10,000 amateurs and professionals dedicated to the preservation of California's diverse flora. CNPS conducts a variety of educational programs and conservation efforts all focused on long-term protection and preservation of native flora in its natural habitat. The North Coast Chapter represents over 250 members in Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity and western Siskiyou Counties.
In reviewing the Draft Arcata General Plan: 2020, we were happy to see in chapter 4,"Environmental Quality and Management," that policy RC-1b addresses the issue of non-native plant species. We applaud the Citys efforts to control the spread of invasive pest plants and, where appropriate, to restore native vegetation. In keeping with this intent, we would like to propose a few modifications to the language of policy RC-1b to strengthen it (proposed wording in italics, proposed deletions shown with strikethrough):
We would be happy to assist in your planning efforts by reviewing educational materials developed by the City pertaining to this issue. Enclosed is a list of native plants suitable for planting in Arcata, with notes on their attributes and growing needs. The City may reproduce this list (with proper citation of the CNPS North Coast Chapter) for distribution to the public. Please call me at 445-7223 (work) or 839-0307 (home) if I can be of further assistance.
Pete Haggard, Native Plant Gardening