Monday, October 16, 2006

Mattole Old-Growth

Above is an example of one of the many old-growth Douglas Firs holding up the steep and unstable hillsides of the North Fork Mattole Drainage. This tree is located in a streamside buffer zone. There are over 2,000 acres of this forest remaining in Pacific Lumbers holdings in the NF Mattole, much of it within buffer zones. This is exactly the type of forest that Pacific Lumber hopes to unlock from environmental protection through their "Watershed Analysis". The company will likely submit a draft of the analysis and proposed changes in regulations sometime this winter or next spring. This will be followed by a period of public comment on the document. Updates on this will continue as events unfold.

Overlooking the Alwardt and Rodgers creek area of the North Fork Mattole River. In the background grasslands sweep across the southern slopes of Taylor Peak.

pictures courtesy of Mattole Wildlands Defenders.


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