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Butternut Tree/Urban Planning/Invasive Clam/Zero Emission

Butternut Tree Controversy West Sacramento's huge butternut tree is likely to be cut down because of a development project. This has caused some controversy for a local conservation group who has sued the city to keep them from cutting it down. Today on Insight, we'll talk with the lawyer of the conservation group about it.

Urban Planning A Sacramento-based urban and regional planning firm that's won a number of awards - including one for the City of Sacramento's General Plan update - has created the first Do-It-Yourself General Plan program, an on-site course to teach city and county planning staffs to update their general plans in-house. Why do city planners need this course? What issues come up when designing urban areas?

Invasive Clam Defense Lake Tahoe scientists have begun a novel attempt to control a dime-sized clam that threatens the lake's ecological balance, including its trademark clarity. The effort involves installing an acre of rubber sheeting on the lake bottom to kill the clams by depriving them of oxygen. We'll talk with one of the scientists involved.

Zero Emission Book Tour UC Davis grad and author James Kaelan is coming through Sacramento on his book tour. But, this isn't any normal book tour. It's part of the Zero Emission Book tour. The book is constructed of a seed paper cover and recycled bio-degradable paper so that when his book, "We're Getting On," ever finds itself in a landfill it will grow into birch trees. He is touring the book up the West Coast by bike. You'll meet him.

James Kaelen will be at Pangaea Cafe & Pub, 2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento at 7 p.m. today. Information: (916) 454-4942.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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