Saturday, December 02, 2006

Logging Proposed for 325 acres of Oldgrowth Douglas Fir Forest

The Fort Baker Ranch Company has filed a logging plan proposing to cut 325 acres of upland Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest in Mad River in the Showers creek drainage north of Hwy. 36 on Stapp road. Part of the area to be logged is on Black Butte.

This area is directly adjacent to an SPI oldgrowth logging plan, "Shower Head THP" #1-06-039.There are oldgrowth stands to be logged on both sides of the property line.

THP# 1-06-203
Name: Black Butte THP

783 acres including 325 acres of oldgrowth.

you can send comment letters on this logging plan to the California Department of Forestry at;


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

O'Brien Doing the Dirty Work

If you're suprised by the latest 90 layoffs at Pacific Lumber then you haven't been paying attention. Thanks to Charles Hurwitz, Pacific Lumber is on the decline and O'Brien is just the latest of Hurwitz's proxies sent here to dismantle the company.

O'Brien said financially, the company is performing the way it's supposed to and is on track to make all of it's debt payments on schedule...- eureka reporter 12-02-06

Friday, December 01, 2006

Will Strawberry Rock be Blasted and Quarried?

Strawberry Rock is a 300' or 400' or foot tall rock formation on Green Diamond/Simpson holdings north east of Trinidad, Ca. Those who have travelled to Srawberry Rock in within the past year have probably noticed the increase in quarrying activity at two nearby rock formations. This and the attempted closure of the road that most people hike or bike to get there have led many locals to worry that the company plans to blast Strawberry Rock to extract gravel for road building. If anyone knows more about this please comment.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

What is an HCP? A license to kill endangered species.

When it comes to Green Diamond and Pacific Lumber, a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is basically an agreement with the government accepting greater environmental protections in some areas in exchange for permits to kill endangered species and/or destroy their habitat. This opens up forest areas that were formerly off-limits. The permits are called "Incidental Take" permits.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service says, "Take" is defined in the Act as any action that would "harrass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect," any threatened or endangered species. It also includes significant habitat destruction that could harm a listed species.

Lumber companies like Green Diamond don't just agree to extra environmental restrictions because they were in a good mood. There has to be a financial incentive somewhere in the plan. My real question is where , geographically, is Green Diamond's financial incentive in being allowed to "Take" endangered species?

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