Dear Editor:

As many of you already know, in 2009 a U.C.R. botanist discovered the third oldest living thing on our planet, in the Jurupa Hills (just south of Fontana).

It is an oak, which began cloning itself from its roots 13,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when mammoths and saber-toothed cats lived in our area, and even before the Kizh Indians arrived here.

Unfortunately, the developer who now owns the land it lives on, in Jurupa Valley, wants to build houses all around it! But any bulldozing, digging, or laying of concrete, etc., will most likely disrupt the the oak's underwater source, and it will die!

The California Native American Heritage Commission recently named the oak the "Sacred Hurungna Kizh Oak." The Kizh Nation is hoping to protect it, and invite anyone interested in that endeavor to attend a news conference regarding the oak on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Fontana's Mary Vagle Nature Center, 11501 Cypress Avenue.

Several TV and newspaper representatives should be at the event. We hope to see many local citizens in the area there as well!

We are all seeing the effects of climate change. And most of us are doing our best to do what we can to alleviate its very possible negative future outcome. This is something positive we can do that is local!

Darlene Scalf


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