(Mount Diablo, California)
I have never written a blog from a mountaintop, so today is a first. I am on Mount Diablo, a 4,000-foot summit in the East Bay of greater San Francisco. It’s the only mountain around, and you can see forever! I am here camping with my son’s Boy Scout Troop 36 from Danville, California.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Forest Supervisor Jody Norion, from the U.S. Forest Service, on my “Comcast Newsmakers” show on Channel 57 in the Bay Area. She was on the program to promote the $1.5 billion dollars being made available through U.S. Forest Lands, similar to the projects that came about from the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s during the Great Depression. http://fs.usda.gov/recovery.
The money will be used for a wide variety of projects, from improving roads into national forest areas to clear-cutting areas of potential wildfire hazards. In the process the Forest Service hopes to create thousands of jobs. Check out their web site for more.
I should point out that Mount Diablo is a state park, not part of the U.S. Forest system. However, it is hoped that federal aid distributed to California will be able to provide similar projects to state forests and park lands. If you want to protect the environment and the nation’s natural beauty, this is a good place to invest at least a small portion of the economic stimulus dollars. It is money well spent for groups such as the Boy Scout and the many others that so enjoy the great outdoors.
Just a reminder: I will be on KPIX-TV CBS 5 in the Bay Area at 5:30 Sunday morning to promote my book, “Age of Obama: A Reporter’s Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in the Making of the President 2008.” You can also watch the segment on streaming video at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to buy my book, just click on the blue book button on the right side of this screen! Happy camping!