Saturday, July 01, 2006

Maxxam Land Scam, 2,000 Acres To Lose Conservation Protection- Expected Next Week

Maxxam/ Pacific Lumbers "Habitat Conservation Plan" HCP restricts logging along water courses and prevents conversion of land zoning from timber production.

This is why they have requested that these restrictions be dropped on 2,000 acres of their holdings. They could then log more trees and/or expediate their efforts to sell it off.

PL would be required to apply protection to an equilvaent amount of acreage "that company and wildlife officials say has superior conservation value."

What is the criteria for "superior conservation value" ?

"hundreds of acres of timber that is at least several decades old and would provide better wildlife habitat for such federally listed endangered species as the spotted owl, marbled murrelet and Coho salmon"- according to the Dept. of Fish and Game.

what a load...

"We do not see it as even a marginal call," Greg Hurner, deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Game, said in a telephone interview. "There is a clear benefit to the state."

What are They Hiding?

If there is such a "clear benefit", why haven't the details been disclosed to the public?

"At a minimum, there should be an opportunity for the public and the Legislature to review what is being proposed," -Former State Sen. Byron Sher (D-Stanford)

"It is surprising the administration has been keeping this under the radar," -State Senate President Don Perata (D-Oakland)

(quotes from LA Times article)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

When All Else Fails...

Mattole Blockade, Winter 2000

1,000 Board Feet of Douglas Fir= $450
A Healthy Future= Priceless

Over 2,000 acres, more than two thirds of the threatened Old Growth remains in the Maxxam holdings of the Mattole Watershed. This is thanks to years of community organizing, legal action and when all else failed, Direct Action!

North Fork Mattole (most of the brown areas are praries not clear cuts

Last Resort for Davis Creek

Approval of this plan could happen in 14 days. Logging can start at any point once a plan is approved. Crews of dedicated people numbering 20 or more taking Nonviolent Direct Action would have a good chance at stopping some of this logging and would definitly give SPI a run for thier money. Even one such crew, the likes of which have not been seen for years, could have a huge impact.

Want to get involved? Contact SAF:

stay tuned for updates on Windmill/ Davis Creek.

Davis Creek.

The clear cut in the above picture in Davis Creek is the same cut seen below on the right center.

Why didn't I outline the units this time? Wherever you see big dark groves on the overhead view of davis creek, thats what Sierra Pacific is going after. This is just a small area of the proposed logging plan.

Windmill Logging Plan May Be Approved in Two Weeks

The public comment period for this Old Growth logging plan closed yesterday. The California Dept. of Forestry (CDF) now has 14 days to approve or deny the plan. Technically the plan could be approved sooner if CDF has all of their responses to the public comments ready but its fairly unlikely. This plan was filed by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and is located near the coast a few miles north of Petrolia, Ca.

Spotted Owl Protection-148 Acres Off Limits
The plan has been delayed for several years for various reasons. Most recently, the company had to resurvey for Spotted Owl nesting sites. The nesting sites appear to be in the same locations so the old results still stand. 148 acres of forest that they wanted to log are off limits to protect the owls. This is because of the severe lack of habitat in this area due to SPI's intesive industrial logging, mostly clearcutting. Most of the 148 acres where "no operations shall occur" due to the owls presence is Old Growth Douglas Fir forest.

Some Old Growth still on the Chopping Block
Not all of the Old Growth in the logging plan was put off limits. There are at least two areas of Old Growth containing Mountain Beavers that can still be logged and burned or sprayed with herbicides.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Maxxam/PLs "Mas Patron" Old Growth Logging Plan Recommended For Approval

This plan (#1-06-036) to clearcut Old Growth Douglas Fir in Bear River is nearing it's final approval. There were some minor ammendments requested by the agency review team but its now been sent to Santa Rosa CDF for one last rubber stamp. This plan will destroy one of the last large Old Growth stands in Bear River, an area that has undergone extensive clearcut logging.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Unstable Areas Within "Pitchfork" Old Growth Logging Plan

The shaded areas on this map are "Riparian" Management Zones (RMZ). Logging is limited within these areas.

The brown unstable areas clearly extend beyond the RMZs.

For more info on this plan scroll down to the previous Bear Creek article.

This plan is not yet approved.

you can send comment letters on individual logging plans to California Department of Forestry at;


California Department of Forestry
attn. forest practice
135 Ridgeway Ave.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 9540

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