Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ancient Redwoods in the News

German television correspondents recently visited the tree-sitters living in Old-Growth Redwoods slated for logging above Freshwater Creek. I had the pleasure of meeting them and guiding them into the woods. It's pretty rare these days to get coverage like that on the issue of Old-growth Redwood logging. Here's a link to the 6 minute 15 sec. story. In the first half they cover a 90 something year old man who has worked to protect the Giant Sequoias of the Sierra Mountains for most of his life. The second half covers the tree-sitters.

Then there's this story from Voice of America. It's pretty good but in my opinion understates the severity of the decline of Marbled Murrelets, the endangered seabird that nests only in very large trees.

Scotia Resident Rejects Media Portrayal

Scotia's not a dying ghost town
Article Launched: 04/21/2008 01:27:19 AM PDT

Susan Pryor
Re “Scotia's uncertain future weighs on residents,” news article, April 8:

A Times-Standard reporter was in Scotia on Monday, April 7. The article, which appeared on the front and back page of Tuesday's paper, focused on the changes in Scotia, making Scotia sound like a dying ghost town. One of the photos was of a piece of trash in the street. Why on God's green earth would you put a photo like that in your newspaper? This is the very reason I refuse to talk with reporters. You sensationalize on the bad. There is still a lot of good left in this town. I, of all people, don't deny that times have changed. I am the housing administrator for the Pacific Lumber Co., and my job here in Scotia has become increasingly difficult over the years, but at the same time, all of the changes cannot be put on Maxxam Inc.
I also do not deny that maybe things wouldn't be quite the way they are now if Charles Hurwitz had never become a part of Palco. However, changes in the forest products industry in general have affected all of the local mills, and changes in society today have affected how people live.

Once the Scotia homes become available for sale, those of us who want to remain and make Scotia our home can only hope and pray that others will purchase a home to live in themselves and have pride in their investment so Scotia can remain a vital and beautiful “small town.” None of us want to see Scotia become a rental investment community. Scotia needs stability, and homeowners could provide that stability.

The next time you are in Scotia, will you please photograph some of the beauty of this town? Our gardeners work very hard at keeping the downtown area of Scotia looking absolutely beautiful. And I plead with the residents to put forth a little more effort to keep the rest of the town a place to be proud of.

Susan Pryor lives in Scotia.

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