Saturday, December 09, 2006

$450,000,000 Available for Forest and Wildlife Conservation. Please write a letter for the Mattole.

With the passing of Prop. 84 during the last election, California voters showed their will to protect rivers, prevent flooding and generally protect water quality. Included in the funds allocated for these purposes is $450,000,000 that has been made available to the Wildlife Conservation Board for “Forest and Wildlife Conservation”.

Please take the time to ask that some of this money be used to acquire Pacific Lumbers Mattole River holdings. Contact info for Patty Berg, Pat Wiggins and the Wildlife Conservation Board are at the bottom.

Talking Points-

Overview on the North Forks of the Mattole River

Pacific Lumber owns around 18,000 acres in the Mattole River Watershed. This includes around 2,000 acres of Upland Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest in the North Fork Mattole River Drainage. There are also large prairies throughout this drainage. In some areas of the Upper North Fork there are oak woodlands.

In the past five years, PL has cut hundreds of acres of this forest. Herbicide use has followed some of the logging. PL is now working on a “watershed analysis” which will likely result in a request to log closer to watercourses. If granted this would allow them access to log more of the remaining oldgrowth forest.

Additional Important Natural Features
This region is a habitat corridor between Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Kings Range Conservation Area on the Lost Coast. This allows for the travel of oldgrowth forest dependent species such as Pacific Fishers.

Much of the remaining oldgrowth forest is in or near riparian zones. A riparian zone is the zone along a watercourse.

Year-round springs contribute cold water to the Mattole River which benefits threatened and endangered fish.

Species that would benefit from the preservation of this habitat.

Threatened and Endangered Species:
Steelhead Trout , Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Northern Spotted Owl.

Species of Special Concern :
Golden eagle, Bald eagle, Sonoma Red Tree Vole. Pacific Fisher and Humboldt Marten Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Tailed Frog and the Southern Torrent Salamander.

Threats to the forest and water quality in the North Fork and Upper North Fork Mattole River-

Pacific Lumbers logging practices including;
• clearcutting
• oldgrowth logging
• herbicide spraying
• logging and road building on unstable slopes.

• Likely upcoming attempt to have the watercourse protection buffers reduced.
• Subdivision, sale

Damage Occuring From Logging
• loss of rare Upland Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest, loss of endangered species habitat, excessive erosion, increased flooding and the buildup of flammable dead wood.

Assembly member Patty Berg
email Patty Berg

50 "D" Street, Suite 450
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 576-2526
Fax: (707) 576-2297

Senator Pat Wiggins
email Pat Wiggins

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5035
Sacramento, CA 95814

District Office (Eureka)
710 E Street, #150
Eureka, CA 95501

Wildlife Conservation Board

John P. Donnelly, Interim Executive Director

1807 13th Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-8448
Fax (916) 323-0280


At 1/01/2007 03:26:00 AM, Anonymous Princetonian said...

Thank you for caring and doing so much. I will write.


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