Friday, September 08, 2006

Hyperion

The new world record for for tallest standing tree has been set at just over 378 feet. The ancient Coast Redwood, named Hyperion by researchers, stands amongst other giants on a steep slope in Redwood National Park. The area of forest where the trees stand was added to the park only 30 years ago, narrowly avoiding logging.

"They aren't all that far from an old clear-cut," said biology professor George Koch. "Basically, they were almost nuked. The fact that they weren't is amazing."

And while it may be the world's tallest tree at the moment -- providing another unmeasured giant doesn't prove taller or its top doesn't topple in a storm -- it's not even close to the size of some of the towering redwoods of the North Coast's early logging years. One redwood felled in Elk River in 1886 was 424 feet tall. writes John Driscoll of the Eureka Times-Standard.

Timber companies like Maxxam's Pacific Lumber continue to log giant Redwoods to this day. These unprotected groves are now few and far between. Who knows what natural wonders and global treasures are lost every year to the exploitation and plundering of the ancient Redwood forests?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

No Logging Yet in SPI's Windmill THP

As of today, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has not filed notice of "startup" for their Old-Growth Douglas Fir logging plan in Davis creek and Bear River. Davis creek has some of the most unstable terrain in an area notorious for geological instability. It has been heavily logged since SPI purchased most of the drainage from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the 1970s'. SPI is targeting what little remains of the original forest in this drainage.

Monday, September 04, 2006

September in the Redwoods

On September 15th Pacific Lumber Company (PL) will once again be able to log in Nanning Creek. Last winter the Nanning Creek Old-Growth Redwood forest was the site of numerous protests, blockades and tree-sits. A skeleton crew maintained the tree-sits during Marbled Murrelet breeding season when the forest is protected due to the birds endangered status. The tree-sitters expect the company to send in climbers to remove them after the 15th.

September 17th will mark the 8th year since the death of David "Gypsy" Chain. He was killed by an enraged logger while trying to stop illegal logging operations in Marbled Murrelet Habitat near Grizzly Creek State Park. The group of activists he was with had made contact with the PL logger, A.E Ammons. They explained that the logging was illegal and told A.E. to stop cutting. He was told that a CDF forester would soon be visiting the site to determine if the operation was legal. He replied "When the fucker tells me to stop I'll stop!". He madly chased the group into the woods, shouting "Fuck I wish I had my fucking pistol" and then returned to his saw and started cutting trees in the same direction that everyone had run. Soon after, one of those trees hit David Chain, killing him instantly. The D.A. at the time, Terry Farmer, briefly considered prosecuting the activists who were with David at the time but never brought charges against A.E. or Pacific Lumber.


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