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Re: [DeepEcology] Pacific Lumber to cut ancient redwood grove

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  • Steve Harris
    PLEASE POST LINKS good one for that topic: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2005/11/17/17842131.php now linked here:
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2008

      good one for that topic:

      now linked here:

      --- ArcataNaturalist@... wrote:

      > Daylight and mist chase away the last of the
      > night’s moon shadows, revealing
      > a fern-dominated woodland floor and a forest
      > defined by ancient redwood
      > trees. A sense of peace rains down from the dense
      > canopy in showers of bird
      > songs. Centuries have passed untainted in this
      > place. At over 2,000 years old,
      > Spooner has stood witness over a long era of
      > harmony. Spooner is a redwood that
      > lives in this beautiful grove nestled in the
      > Nanning Creek watershed—a
      > tributary of the Eel River. Spooner, named by those
      > who visit it, is among the
      > last of the unprotected giants. But just two miles
      > away at the Pacific Lumber
      > Mill, plans are being made to see Spooner--and his
      > ancient kind--chopped down
      > and turned to lumber. The logging has started
      > already at Nanning Creek and
      > will continue soon after the endangered marbled
      > murrelets’ nesting season has
      > ended. The harmony of the Nanning Creek watershed
      > will soon be replaced by the
      > harsh, off-beat rhythms of chainsaws.
      > This watershed has already been transformed—many
      > of its pristine features
      > have been hauled away on logging trucks or buried
      > under a stampede of
      > mechanized oxen. Not far from Spooner is an
      > unbelievably tall hill of ash. The mill
      > dumps truckloads of it at the same spot almost
      > everyday. There is a large
      > drainage pool of black water next to this mess. In
      > its natural state there would
      > be frogs and salamanders in this forest pool, but
      > its murky water reveals no
      > life. When the ash is dumped the air turns grey,
      > but the workers are not
      > protecting themselves from the particles. Imagine
      > all the ash when you just clean
      > your fireplace. These men’s lungs must be colored
      > by soot.
      > The watershed bleeds dirt from the many slides and
      > roads that have washed
      > out. The eroded earth advances towards Spooner’s
      > grove. If you navigate through
      > the mud, slash and stumps, you’ll discover that a
      > piece of rainforest still
      > remains. It survives because of the efforts of tree
      > sitters and other people
      > who support the struggle to preserve what is rare
      > and ancient. Without them,
      > these trees would only be growing in the memories
      > of those loggers who
      > watched them fall.
      > The Nanning Creek watershed still has some
      > breathtakingly beautiful old
      > growth redwoods like Spooner. Some of these trees
      > have been named, too: Jonah,
      > the Cave Trees, the Welcome Tree, Charlie,
      > Belvedere, and on the very outskirts
      > Grandma and Grandpa. These trees are all in danger
      > of being killed. Names won
      > ’t save them, but those who named them will try.
      > The Spooner grove is a glimpse back into ancient
      > times. Spooner is 298 feet
      > tall and has a canopy of over a thousand square
      > feet. Spooner’s branches are
      > humungous with some wider than five feet. On these
      > colossal arms live
      > epiphytic ferns, canopy-dwelling salamanders, and
      > many species of birds including
      > spotted owls and marbled murrelets. Various types
      > of mosses, fungi, and lichens
      > flourish in this cloud-grazing garden. Spooner has
      > many reiterations.
      > Reiterations are like extra trunks growing out of
      > the main trunk or other branches.
      > Some people might think they’re suckers, but in a
      > redwood tree reiterations
      > add character and create more microhabitats.
      > Spooner has a triple top. The
      > middle top, at 265 feet, is broken off and still
      > over five feet wide, home to a
      > large huckleberry bush that produces delicious
      > fruit. The other two tops
      > reach even higher. Climbing around Spooner is easy
      > with branches that serve as
      > large pathways for wildlife like flying
      > squirrels—and wildfolk like tree
      > sitters. This architecturally unique, massive tree
      > is still growing.
      > In October 2005, just before timber harvest plan
      > 1-05-097 HUM first began,
      > the Nanning Creek watershed was abundant with
      > springs and creeks. Now many of
      > the springs are washed out mudslides and several of
      > the tributary streams to
      > Nanning are inundated by gushes of coho salmon
      > egg-smothering silt.
      > When an intense logging operation occurs,
      > everything gets trampled and
      > smashed to smithereens under the machinery and
      > felled trees. This happened at
      > Nanning Creek. Wildlife tumbled from branches as
      > trees were cut. The earth shook
      > and rumbled when each giant fell. Rare plants with
      > seldom seen blooms were
      > smashed under downed trunks. Now this shaded moist
      > place has become drier. A
      > great number of the tall trees that collected fog
      > drip are gone. Tall,
      > fog-scraping redwoods contribute 25-50% of the
      > total water input to their groves each
      > year. And much of that fog drip is provided when
      > water is needed the most—
      > during the summer. Without trees over 200 feet,
      > much less water will enter the
      > Eel River from this watershed. (Nanning Creek is
      > already listed as impaired
      > under the Clean Water Act Section 303(d)).
      > It is a very sad situation here in Scotia/ Rio
      > Dell, California. Cutting
      > these trees won’t really help the poor economy.
      > This timber harvest plan is
      > about to reopen in a matter of days. Can we save
      > this ancient grove? Let’s extend
      > this ecological legacy for our children, not create
      > yet another sad story
      > about mistakes made by those who lacked vision and
      > ignored the wisdom of
      > sustainability. The money made by PL’s logging at
      > Nanning Creek won’t help future
      > generations, but the loss of salmon and wildlife
      > habitat and the loss of
      > water for the Eel River will certainly hurt them.
      > Stop the madness and revoke
      > the license to kill the last of the ancients. THP
      > 1-05-097 HUM is a plan of
      > action to destroy 250 ancient trees--over 120 acres
      > of them designated as prime
      > murrelet nesting habitat (category E)! It is the
      > last desperate act from a
      > once-respectable company that’s had financial
      > cancer since the Maxxam
      > Corporation invaded the north coast of California.
      > Pacific Lumber has nicknamed the
      > THP “Bonanza” because they’ll make a lot of
      > money before bankruptcy. But
      > under the current ownership, how much longer will PL
      > loggers and mill workers
      > really have jobs after the few remaining trees like
      > Spooner are cut? How long
      > will it take this watershed to recover from this
      > onslaught? Does the Nanning
      > Creek watershed warrant the time it takes our
      > region’s residence to ask these
      > questions and understand the long-range
      > consequences of the “Bonanza” timber
      > harvest plan? The answer is: “YES!”
      > --Amy Arcuri
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