Next NAIL Public Meeting Now Scheduled: Sunday, Oct 2

Logging in Our Neighborhoods

It's hard to believe, but San Jose Water Company (SJWC), Inc. is planning to log watershed land along the Los Gatos Creek, from Lake Elsman to Lexington Reservoir, as well as Thompson Road. Their plan includes:

  • Taking only the biggest, most fire-resistant trees
  • Leaving all brush, dead trees, and “slash” behind
  • Creating erosion-prone dirt roads in the forest
  • Logging on steep, unstable hillsides above an essential water source
  • Building towers and using helicopters to haul away trees when necessary

If this plan is approved, there will be logging trucks and helicopters in our neighborhoods for the next 18 years. Every 10 years, previous areas may be re-harvested. The tranquility of our neighborhoods will be lost. Everyone will be affected, not just those people whose property is adjacent to the proposed logging areas. Fire and erosion are serious problems in the mountains, and taking the biggest, most fire-resistant trees from steep, unstable slopes will only increase these threats to our community.

This logging and its side-effects are likely to decrease property values for mountain residents.

Your help will make a difference. After our September 11th meeting attended by over 300 people, SJWC decided to delay submitting their plan. Resident concern had impact! Their plan does not make sense.

What can you do?
Come to an informational meeting at Loma Prieta School on Sunday October 2, 2005, at 12 noon to learn more from your neighbors and local experts about this plan and its serious impacts. Find out what you can do to help prevent this irresponsible logging plan.

We will also update the community on new information and our activities since the Sepetember 11th meeting.


Join NAIL (Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging)
At Loma Prieta School gymnasium on Sunday, October 2nd, at 12 noon. Address: 23800 Summit Road.

Terry Clark
September 25, 2005