Hike of the week: For bird watching, head to Shollenberger Park

There are 8 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jan 18, 2009, titled Hike of the week: For bird watching, head to Shollenberger Park. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The trail around the ponds in Shollenberger Park in Petaluma is excellent for winter exercise walks and bird watching.

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John Sumser

Rohnert Park, CA

#1 Jan 19, 2009
The bad news is that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors plans to approve an Asphalt Plant at the edge of this park. Hurry to enjoy the hike. It won't be long before it smells awful and the birds are gone.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#2 Jan 19, 2009
You don't need to wait for an asphalt plant for it to smell awful. Just go any warm day when there's a gentle breeze from the west. Petaluma's treatment plant is a half mile west (the new one will be a half mile east).
Dan

San Rafael, CA

#3 Jan 21, 2009
John is right. The Dutra Asphalt company is going
to build a huge plant right across the river.
It will be noisy and diesel trucks will be coming and going. It wouldn't be approved in Marin, but
residents of Petaluma don't seem to care? One of
the nitwit supervisors, who claims to be a biologist, said he feels it will have no effect on the environment. His stealth science experiment consisted of putting a cage of rabbits somewhere
near a southern ca. asphalt plant and observed their behavior after a few weeks. It's not my town, but Petaluma residents need to look
into this project before it's too late.
In a county that worries about second hand
cigarette smoke, I don't understand why they would
let this carcinogenic monster go up? It's a nice little lake where many birds feel comfortable nesting and laying eggs--for now. good luck-

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#4 Jan 21, 2009
Dan wrote:
John is right. The Dutra Asphalt company is going
to build a huge plant right across the river.
It will be noisy and diesel trucks will be coming and going. It wouldn't be approved in Marin, but
residents of Petaluma don't seem to care? One of
the nitwit supervisors, who claims to be a biologist, said he feels it will have no effect on the environment. His stealth science experiment consisted of putting a cage of rabbits somewhere
near a southern ca. asphalt plant and observed their behavior after a few weeks. It's not my town, but Petaluma residents need to look
into this project before it's too late.
In a county that worries about second hand
cigarette smoke, I don't understand why they would
let this carcinogenic monster go up? It's a nice little lake where many birds feel comfortable nesting and laying eggs--for now. good luck-
Dutra does have an asphalt plant in Marin out at the quarry. Also Petaluma has had a quarry and asphalt plant for 40 years, I guess they are going to modernize and move it now. I used to go to those plants many years ago, and the one over in Richmond is scarry. You have to pull your truck up to the hopper below a giant roaster, and then they realease 8 tons of AC and the driver has to move the truck to distribute the load. There all kinds of high pressure oil lines, gas lines, air lines and electrical lines with warning signs and beacons. Asphalt plants are toxic and dangerous, but unfortunately necessary to build roads. Just be thankful you don't have to work with it, it stanks.
Jon Lowder

Charlotte, NC

#5 Jan 22, 2009
Careful birdwatchers no accidents ok?

Since: Feb 08

Hana, HI

#6 Jan 22, 2009
I have read the other hikes of the week in the IJ, they were all very good, turning newcommers on to the wonderful places in Marin to hike. But this one is a new twist, hiking in a city park in the Sonoma urban corridor next to a sewer plant and asphalt batch plant. The IJ is a Marin paper but now they have truly hit rock bottom, done been "Sonomacated" What's next ?, and urban excursion to Starbucks in Rodent Park.
Save Shollenberger

Hercules, CA

#7 Mar 8, 2009
Help us prevent the construction of an asphalt plant right next to Shollenberger Park
www.SaveShollenberger.com
conservatives conserving

Petaluma, CA

#8 May 18, 2009
Dutra's former plant in Petaluma was shut down because it did not follow environmental guidelines, it has been shut for 2 years, as for the quarry in San Rafael a disaster for the neighbors there.Read about it.. Dutra is a big company that is able to grease county supervisors pockets in Marin and Sonoma. Roads do have to be built, its true, but putting a polluting, noisy asphalt plant in front of a population of family homes, businesses, schools, and a wetland preserve is just wrong and actually illegal, they are trying to bend all the rules to build this facility. The owners of Dutra of course do not care,never did,for they do not live across from it, they will just profit from it..as for adding more jobs to the economy..funny..only 12 full time jobs for this huge undertaking. and what does Petaluma get for this?.no tax dollars,lowered property values, two huge chimneys spewing cancerous blue smoke and crushing noise all day and some night long..not to mention the destruction of a beautiful protected wetland preserve that is a haven for people and federally protected wildlife..

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