A little over 20 years ago, San Diego voters helped pass the Forest Conservation Initiative, which made protecting critical natural habitats a priority. Now, with the effects of a changing climate and a growing population, advocates say the need to protect local forests is greater than ever.

Jack Shu, president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, joined VOSD Radio’s Caty Green and special co-host Ari Bloomekatz on this week’s podcast to bust the myth that development on San Diego’s natural land is necessary. He also pointed out some inconsistencies in the Board of Supervisors’ reasoning as they consider what to do with the now-expired Forest Conservation Initiative.

Download the episode below, on Stitcher or on iTunes. While you’re there, take a minute to review the show and tell us what you think.

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Show Notes

• Here’s that sweet AP remembrance of Tony Gwynn that Bloomekatz mentioned.

• We went over what changed in the newly approved county budget. Check out Bloomekatz’s rundown of funding sources and where the money goes.

• San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten is this week’s Hero, after successfully getting her first budget passed. Find out how she got it done and what the budget will do here.

• Here’s some background on what’s going on in Escondido, which we named our Goat of the Week.

Register here for the first installment of our breakfast series, coming up July 11.

Gwyneth is an intern for Voice of San Diego.

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