Saturday, June 24, 2006

Water Quality Agency Says No To "Second Serving" of Old Growth Logging in Elk River (revised)

Maxxams "Second Serving" logging plan in Elk River went to second review at Fortuna CDF on thursday. After three meetings this month between The Department of Forestry (CDF) and the North Coast Water Quality Control Board (WQ), resolution of Water Quality issues has not been reached and a 'Non-Concurrence' will be filed by WQ . The non-concurrence will describe aspects of the logging plan that will harm the Elk River watershed to the extent that WQ cannot approve of the plan. The ball is now back in CDFs court to either agree with WQ and change the logging plan or justify the harmful aspects of the plan and let the rubber stamp fly.

This Old Growth Redwood logging plan has been in the review process for over a year. It is located in the upper north fork Elk River and proposes logging along streams in riparian areas that have already been damaged by careless logging practices.

The other shaded areas on the map indicate former Marbled Murrelet stands, the majority of which has been logged since 1998.

Another nearby logging plan "John Doe", targets other groves that are suitable nesting habitat but have not been surveyed to protocol. This plan passed second review on thurs. without any amendments.

In Bear River, the "Mas Patron" Old Growth Douglas Fir logging plan passed second review but was amended. Details on the changes to this plan will be forthcoming.

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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