Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Heritage Tree Preservation Act Revived

If the Heritage Tree Act passes it would protect Californias oldgrowth on industrial timber lands. It would not effect people with trees in their backyard or other small landholders. If passed this summer it would be effective in January of next year.

For more info., please visit:
Forests Forever
Campaign For Old Growth

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Windmill Logging Plan Delayed Again-Public Comment Opened for 30 More Days


Public comment has been reopened on SPI's "Windmill" logging plan in Davis Creek and Bear River. This logging plan covers 540 acres and targets some of the few remaining stands of oldgrowth forest in the Davis Creek watershed.


you can send comment letters to California Department of Forestry at;

santarosapubliccomment@fire.ca.gov

or

California Department of Forestry
attn. forest practice
135 Ridgeway Ave.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401

Rock/Chadbourne THP 1-06-037

This is the newest logging plan in Bear River and covers 232 acres. It is not located on Maxxam/Pacific Lumber land but is surrounded by it on all sides. Scopac, part of Pacific Lumber submitted the plan to CDF. It seems they will be logging it as well (through independent contractors).
The type of logging proposed for most of the area is called "variable retention" and will leave small diameter trees and some larger trees behind. They proposed "tractor yarding", which means dragging logs around with bulldozers. This destroys the topsoil by compacting it and causing large amounts to wash down hill in heavy rains.
Some of the area has been "prescribed" for clear cutting. More on this plan later.


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