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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Forest Service, CPUC Hold Public Meeting Over Backcountry Power Pole Conversion Project

Photo credit: Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

A meadow covered in wildflowers in the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County.

The U.S. Forest Service and California Public Utilities Service are hosting a public meeting to discuss San Diego Gas & Electric's master special use permit project.

The project would convert nearly 2,300 wooden power poles to steel in and around the Cleveland National Forest. Donna Tisdale is with the group Protect Our Communities Foundation, which is encouraging public involvement in Wednesday night's meeting because it suspects there may be more to the project than meets the eye.

"The project they're proposing, the master special use permit, I strongly believe is a stealth action," Tisdale said. "It's not just fire-hardening, changing wood to steel polls...but I believe it will increase carrying capacity that would support numerous solar projects that are proposed along those lines in the back country."

Wednesday's meeting will be held at the Alpine Community Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

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