View the Logging Proposal using Google Earth


Here's another way to study the San Jose Water Company logging proposal, in virtual-reality 3D: by viewing the model I've made of it in Google Earth. Google Earth is a new 3D satellite imagery software application which is available, for free, from Google. Just go to:

Google Earth download site

and follow the instructions to download the free Google Earth client. You don't need to pay for Google Earth Plus or Google Earth Pro.  All you need is the freely downloadable Google Earth.  The attached model has been successfully viewed on both PCs and Macs.

Check the do need broadband Internet access and a somewhat modern computer.

Once you've got it installed and up and running, try entering your address in the search window, and flying to your home from space.

Now you are ready to look at this file. Just download the attached file to your computer, and open it. It should open up inside Google Earth. Just as a PDF file will open up inside of Adobe Acrobat, a "kmz" file will open up automatically inside of Google Earth.

I've embedded some suggestions in there as to what to do. Try double-clicking on layers to fly there, or turning them on and off. Definitely try the "Flyover Tour of the Logging Zone".

For those of you who were at the NAIL meeting last Sunday, this is what I demonstrated to you.  To learn more about the logging controversy and how you can get involved, visit the Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging (NAIL) home page.

I am personally and professionally interested in whether (or not) you find Google Earth helpful in understanding the logging proposal. If you have a moment, please let me know. Thanks.


P.S. If you'd like to view several other screen shots of this Google Earth logging model, see this post.  To learn about how to download and view a movie of the logging flyover, click here.

05-Mar-06: Added screenshot to this post.  Google Earth model is unchanged - still the 11-Jan-06 version.
11-Jan-06: Revised Google Earth model to simplify for faster loading; also embedded the nature photos in the pop-up balloons, added additional annotation such as helicopter landing zones, affected communities and the "screen overlay" of our NAIL bumper sticker in the upper left corner.

redwood_logging_plan_11Jan06.kmz1023.65 KB
SJWC Redwood Logging Plan v18-Oct-08.kmz1.58 MB
Rebecca Moore – September 15, 2005 – 4:05pm

Rebecca Moore's Google Fly By

To Rebecca Moore
I want to tell you that I find your Google presentation of the logging issue awesomely clever and helpful to an understanding the SJWW/Big Creek proposal (expected proposal?). I was stunned by your presentation at the meeting last Sunday, and am much appreciative of your making it available online. As I am only fair in computer competence, it took some attention to get the online version to work, but it works just great and I have used it many times. Each time I have used it, I discover new features and tricks. I hope everybody interested in this matter will avail themselves of your Google work the better to understand the extremely serious issues raised by this logging proposal.
I do not know how much flexibility you have to change or modify the presentation, but I have some comments/suggestions:
1. Aldercroft Heights. What is labeled as "Lexington Hills" is not correctly named. The area called "Lexington Hills" on the Fly-By is rightly called Aldercroft Heights. As far as I am aware, there is no community in the 95033 that is called "Lexington Hills." The name "Lexington Hills" was started by a group of which I was a part that formed decades ago, initially to oppose a garbage dump that the garbage collection company serving Los Gatos (the name of which I no longer remember) proposed to place in Lime Kiln Canyon (where the quarry by Lexington dam is located). For the group we made up the name "Lexington Hills Association" to be inclusive of all of the communities in the mountains that might be affected by the dump, particularly those around or very near Lexington Reservoir. The Association stayed alive long after the garbage dump proposed was defeated and became involved in quite a few like issues that affected our area, including logging issues. I have lost track of it and do not know whether it is still active.
If it is possible, you should change the name of the community you call "Lexington Hills" on the map to "Aldercroft Heights."
2. Community Names in Common Use. In the same vain, it would be helpful in trying to understand the map and Fly-By to place on it the names in common use of other mountain communities affected. In addition to "Aldercroft Heights," there is "Chemeketa Park," "Oakmont," "Redwood Estates," "Melody Lane," "Call of the Wild," "Mountain Charley," "Summit" (which has several subsections each with its own name), "Holy City," and probably others I am not thinking about right now.
3. Wrights Station. Another place that should be clearly identified on the map should be "Wrights Station," as the write-ups say this is the place the logging will start. I don't know what is there anymore, if anything, but it used to be a real community. What is now Aldercroft Heights Road used to extend south, I believe all the way to Summit Road. I do not know what the name of the road was at that time. Through some legal maneuver, it was closed off where the gate is at the south end of Aldercroft Heights Road and taken over the San Jose Water Works. We have lived in Aldercroft since 1963. When we moved here, litigation was still ongoing about the closure of this road. This litigation had been going on in some form or other, as I understood it at the time, for 30-40 years! It was pursued by several but led by Shelley Cochran (or Cothran) who lived at Wrights Station. Cockran eventually died, but the San Jose Water Works lives on forever, and prevailed. I do not know what the precise legal issues were in the various phases of the litigation, though they are probably still a matter of record in the court. I believe some of it was appealed all the way to the California Supreme County. So Wrights Station has been an important spot.
4. More Emphasis to Aldercroft Heights Road. I realize that you cannot show the names of all the roads entwined in these mountains without so greatly cluttering the map and Fly Over as to make it harder to comprehend. However, one road that should be displayed and marked for much greater prominence is Aldercroft Heights Road, as it could be that Big Creek may will propose using this road for its logging trucks. From north to south, it is the main road to the Elsman Reservoir/Wright Station area. At least marking Aldercroft Heights Road about as prominently as the Old Santa Cruz Highway would in any case make it much easier for people to orient themselves when using the maps.
5. Boundary of SJWW Property. Your maps shows San Jose Water Works property extending to the very edge (south edge) of the Aldercroft community. This may or may not be correct. The last time I checked (2-4 years ago), a property of about 120 acres on the south edge of Aldercroft was owned by a family with a Chinese name who were reported to be holding it as a legacy for their heirs. It is of course possible that since then they sold it to SJWW, but if so, I have not heard it.
Again, thank you so much for your fine work. I hope these points are of help.
William Moore

William Moore – September 18, 2005 – 2:36pm