One thing those persons concerned about the proposed Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) project at East Sweet Springs can agree on is that, should the eucalyptus trees be removed, the “view” will change. Whether or not the “view” will be diminished without the tall trees or enhanced with the addition of native trees and shrubs planned to replace the eucalyptus is a hotly contested debate.
Now is the time to put aside the egocentric human opinions about the “view” and consider the “view” of one of the endangered species the project is designed to help: the Morro shoulderband snail. The goals of the project, the Recovery Action Plan, and one of the original reasons the property was deeded to MCAS include improving habitat quantity and quality for the federally endangered Morro shoulderband snail throughout the preserve and restoration of native dune scrub.
The MCAS Board and the funding organizations have not taken this goal lightly, hence the call for the removal of the invasive eucalyptus trees.
It is time for us, as humans, to put the needs of endangered species above our personal preferences and work together to restore this property.
For more information, visit morrocoastaudubon.org/ess.php.