Sunday, June 18, 2006

Threatened Marbled Murrelet Habitat in Bear Creek

The above picture shows an area within Maxxam/Pacific Lumber holdings in Bear Creek. (click on it for a bigger view) The three areas outlined in red are proposed logging units in a proposed logging plan called “Pitchfork” #1-06-098. This is part of the continued exploitation of this region at the hands of Charles Hurwitz's Maxxam Corporation. The logging plan targets stands of Old Growth Redwoods of which less than 3% of remain in their former range.

Much of the forest is classified as Marbled Murrelet (MAMU) habitat but has not been surveyed to protocol. The threatened Murrelet habitat is shown in green on the map. These birds are dying and being killed at a faster rate than they are reproducing. They are expected to go extinct in around 50 years from now. Their numbers have been dropping more rapidly than expected.

No more Murrelet surveys are required before this plan is approved and then logged.

We are living in a time of mass-extinction caused directly by industrial society. What will it take to stop this insanity?


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