Please, object to the Dept of Firestry’s "vegetation treatment plan which will destroy wildlife," Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

Mary Cummins, “grinding up living habitat along with small wildlife throughout California is not acceptable. There are more effective ways to protect people and property without destroying the ecosystem.”



In a misguided attempt to reduce fire risk, the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) has issued a proposal called the “Vegetation Treatment Program” to “treat” millions of acres of native habitat. An open-ended amount of clearing, burning, herbicide application, and grazing would occur in our chaparral and sage scrub ecosystems, all absent a scenitific basis or meaningful oversight. As studies have shown, the resulting loss of wildlife habitat and conversion to weeds would not reduce the risk from large wind-driven fires. The plan is now out for environmental review. EHL is submitting detailed comments.

The Chaparral Institute has organized a petition to decision-makers. The petition points out the severe flaws in the proposal and outlines a better approach.

Instead of focusing exclusively on habitat clearance in the name of fire protection, we call on the Board of Forestry to work with other agencies to create a Comprehensive Fire Protection Program that:

  • focuses on actual structures at risk rather than habitat clearance
  • reflects regional differences in natural resources and the built environment
  • puts fewer structures at risk through better land use planning
  • incorporates the most current science
  • invites participation by citizens and independent experts
  • allows public oversight as the program is implemented

Action requested

Please sign the online petition before the deadline of February 25, 2013. Here is the link:

If you wish to submit individual or group comments, you may paraphrase the petition and email to <>.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.



About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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