Friday, November 03, 2006

Mattole Images

An ancient Canyon Oak in the North Fork Mattole River Watershed.

Hardwood species are generally considered worthless by the Pacific Lumber Company and are often cut and left behind or burned. Another way PL kills hardwood trees is herbicide. This giant madrone has taken over a year to die after it was poisoned by PL. The company used the "hack and squirt" method, holes are chopped around the trunk of the tree and herbicide is sprayed into the holes.

PL uses herbicides to kill large swaths of hardwood trees and then replants a mono-crop of Redwood clones or Douglas Fir seedlings. Herbicide use is largely unregulated on timber land and may be sprayed without any public notice. The deadly chemicals are sometimes mixed with diesel fuel to help them stick to foliage.

[photos courtesy of Mattole Wildlands Defense.]

1 Comments:

At 3/06/2007 02:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NATURE REACHES OUT TO US WITH OPEN
ARMS YET WE DREAD HER SILENCE
AND RUSH TO THE CITIES THERE TO
HUDDLE LIKE SHEEP FLEEING FROM
SOME FEROCIOUS WOLF WOMAN.
k. gibran

It is important to make people aware of the level of their affinity for the land that is monitored. Many people that love the land are backpackers, "yogi's"
photographers, painters, writers
who find inspiration in the outdoors, yet politics and business
is non creative and as you can witness by the many yuppies and

midwestern
people who are quickly populating northern lands they
do not have the same affinities
or interests. They drive to offices
then maybe the gym then to a two story house in Eureka or Mckinleyville!
Make the creative people
excluding business professionals and corporate commerce,
aware of what it means in the long term sense when there is
no more forests and all the old growth's have been cleared.

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