By James G. Fredericks
I want to clear up the reporting on Field & Pond, which was covered in an article published in the Winters Express, February 10, 2017. A number of statements made by opponents were not accurate. We all know the family that is driving these claims, but they have no basis. They are simply attempting to create unfair bias in the county’s system, by wasting county resources, in order to apply financial pressure to force the owners of Field & Pond to lose their business and ranch.
Conveniently omitted from claims about hindrance of pesticide spraying is the fact that the owners of Field & Pond, have been cooperatively
The Field & Pond ranch is also not zoned Ag-Intensive; it is zoned Ag-Extensive, and this zoning has been in place since before Field & Pond moved in. This zoning supports the exact activities that they want to do on their property. The property is an active ranch. As a point of fact, they are, and have been,under my agricultural farming permit. We already have small ag enterprises that we’ve gotten off the ground. For a ranch that hadn’t seen any real farming activity in tens of years, I feel that this is a good thing.
As it relates to the environmental impact, one only need to visit the Field & Pond ranch to see that it is not only beautiful, but it is a sanctuary for wildlife and habitat. I also happen to know that Dahvie has met with Tuleyome. My understanding is that he developed detailed landscape master plans by working cooperatively with them to incorporate their feedback and direction, and followed up with the county to make them aware of the changes, to make sure that all stakeholders had an opportunity to re-review it and give feedback.
It is unfortunate that anyone would have to go through this much trouble to legally do what so many others, including their neighbors, are already doing without permits.