Hello Shasta Environmental Alliance Supporters,  

This announcement is to let you know that SEA will be holding its first public event on Monday, November 27, 6 pm at the Redding Public Library Community Room.

Churn Creek Market Place Removes Every Single Tree – Tree City USA? Image: Redding.com

At this meeting we will introduce the organization to the public and briefly go over our immediate goals, with a focus on Redding’s Tree Ordinance, the spirit of which is usually ignored for economic reasons by the Redding Planning Department.  For example, the Churn Creek Market Place development on Churn Creek Road and South Bonnyview recently clear-cut every tree on the parcel, at least 700 native trees, and only saved three trees.  

At the proposed Costco on Bechelli Lane, the City will be letting the developer remove almost every tree on the property, perhaps as many as 2000 trees.  This is also for economic reasons and to allow visibility of a huge warehouse type big box store from the freeway.  The Planning Department and the Developmental Services Department is allowing Costco to mitigate this clear-cut by planting 200 saplings. To see how these types of saplings look after growing 26 years in our area, look at the Winco parking lot. The Costco site is the visual gateway to Redding for drivers on I-5. Instead of leaving a thick welcoming rim of trees around their shopping center which would reflect Redding’s Tree City USA designation, Costco is currently allowed to do a clear cut, and the current, toothless Tree Ordinance allows this.  We would like you and your organization to support us in this effort and will discuss this at this first meeting.