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Join Friends Of Trinidad Forests In Acting To Stop The Logging Practices Of Green Diamond!
by Friends Of Trinidad Forests
Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2013 10:06 PM
Please spread this following vital information widely

With this message we are launching these last minute efforts
to stop Green Diamond from clear-cutting forests
around the sacred site of Strawberry Rock, Trinidad.
We urge all of you to join us in this endeavor!
Immediate Threat:
The Strawberry Rock Timber Harvest Plan (Tracking Code: THP #1-10-137 HUM) is an "eye opener" to all of us: 80 acres of clear-cutting is about to begin, literally in our own backyards! A year ago, tree-sits sprang up in response to this logging plan and are still intact, still stalling this forest from being clear-cut. Now we must bring more people in the community together, because urgent action is critical now, as the harvest could begin at any time!

Please spread this following vital information widely

With this message we are launching these last minute efforts
to stop Green Diamond from clear-cutting forests
around the sacred site of Strawberry Rock, Trinidad.
We urge all of you to join us in this endeavor!


HAVE YOU SEEN THE VIEW FROM STRAWBERRY ROCK?
How will we preserve these trees for future generations?     

Join Friends Of Trinidad Forests In Acting To Stop
The Logging Practices Of Green Diamond!

Will we be able to turn this entire area into a State Preserve?


Immediate Threat:
The Strawberry Rock Timber Harvest Plan (Tracking Code: THP #1-10-137 HUM) is an "eye opener" to all of us: 80 acres of clear-cutting is about to begin, literally in our own backyards! A year ago, tree-sits sprang up in response to this logging plan and are still intact, still stalling this forest from being clear-cut. Now we must bring more people in the community together, because urgent action is critical now, as the harvest could begin at any time!

Background:
Over many generations, the community of Trinidad, CA, as well as visitors from out of the area, have found deep relationship and have informally adopted this site and its surrounding forest, thousands hiking in each year to appreciate one of the most extraordinary views. Strawberry Rock is considered sacred by the Yurok tribe, but Green Diamond still persists with its destructive practices in this beautiful and inspiring area..."on the block" now to be further destroyed and sold to profit corporate shareholders in total contradiction to our deepest values.  

Ecological Importance:
An intact forest is not only a crucial source of life and enjoyment for humans, it's also habitat for many species, which are either killed or forced from their homes as a result of clear-cuts and forest fragmentation, the last remaining stands here, of viable habitat for declining species of the North Coast. 


* A view of our Strawberry Rock area, below, in the center
with future clear cuts soon'. . . if we don't make our stand!

This is a computer simulation of what the Strawberry Rock area will look like after the new planned clear-cuts. Trinidad head is in the distance.    The clear-cuts were taken from the THP and georeferenced in GIS software, so it should be pretty accurate.
!-Roger

Not understood by most people is how Strawberry Rock and the area between Little River at Moonstone Beach and Patricks Point was all Tsurai Village (Yurok Tribe ) lands,  all sacred to them.

Right next to this majestic boulder Green diamond has already crushed a smaller mound/rock into pavement gravel

The depth of public ignorance of all these doings has been monumental, lacking visual evidence regarding the physical desecration of what these terms really mean. Such deceptions are the worst of any lies
for the results they bring.

See The Extent Of damages For Yourself!
These photos confirm the extent of the companies ruin of our forests.
We all know what brown patches mean! 
A flyover 'eye full' of Green Diamonds practices
shown to be far more destructive
than the 80's-90's plunder by Maxxam/Palco

                     

Unfortunately, Green Diamond has chosen to follow the destructive path of their Simpson Timber roots, and the ecologically and economically bankrupt MAXXAM/Pacific Lumber Company, rather than the forward-looking and selective approach of HRC and the BLM. 
from “Greenwash
By Gary Graham Hughes
Nov. 8th, 2012



  
We must act quickly, with our great collective strength of numbers
to stop this present plan of clear-cuts around Strawberry Rock!


Community Meeting to protest the Strawberry Rock
Timber Harvest Plan:

* Sat. Feb. 9,
"Trinidad Town Hall Meeting" 
1:00 - 4:00 

Come with your questions, share your ideas, tell your stories.
Help us send a message to Green Diamond
that we must have this Timber Harvest Plan stopped!


** Please Sign The Following Protest Petition:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopclearcuttingforestsaroundstrawberryrock/


* Check out our Photo site:
"At The Center Of The Universe"
http://strawberryrocktrinidad.tumblr.com
courtesy Eileen Kitayama


We urge all Community members to fill the Town Hall on Feb 9th. . . Join us in these vital Community efforts needed
to save our precious home environment
Only more massive public action now will be effective in stopping
Green Diamond's momentum to begin cutting!

Friends Of Trinidad Forests
Forest Defenders
Trinidad Tree Sit
For further info: Abe Brower 707-845-1643



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Valuable resource info from E.P.I.C. (excerpts only)
(Environmental Protection Information Center)
Eye on Green Diamond- Dec. 18, 12'
By Rob DiPerna
(707) 822-7711
http://www.wildcalifornia.org

Instead of managing to grow big trees faster, Green Diamond plans to intensively manage for young, evenaged homogenous tree plantations through the application of clearcuts. These practices can cause significant modification to drainage patterns in the watershed and will result in generations of a significant amount of surface erosion. These effects will in turn be felt downstream as channel capacity in the Elk River proper is continually compromised. And under this companies controls our forests will never again become mature Old Growth with all of their biodiversity!

The State, for its part, has been shown to be complicit to Green Diamond’s plans to intensively manage its holdings in such a sensitive and cumulatively impacted watershed. 

Despite Green Diamond’s appearance of compliance with the law through acquisition of Habitat Conservation Plans and other programmatic agreements, the company continues its rapacious march to convert recovering native forests into homogenous evenaged tree plantations.

If it were not for EPIC, the destructive activities of Green Diamond Resource Company (ex-Simpson Timber) would go unexposed and unchallenged. No other organization is watch dogging the timber industry in Northwest California like EPIC.

“The evidence is overwhelming that redwood forests are essential to the conservation of the species. Leaving them out of the final rule is a big mistake.",” remarked Andrew Orahoske, conservation director for the Environmental Protection Information Center.

“Independent scientific peer reviews have been crystal clear on owl recovery being tied to protection of old forest habitat especially as competition with the more aggressive barred owl increases

Corruption, mis-management, back-room deals, and late-night after hours legislative shenanigans are the watermarks of Sacramento in 2012... Governor Brown’s legacy of timber industry give away only confirms who it is that the government in Sacramento is intent upon serving. The real winners continue to be the landed timber aristocracy, and their business interests. The losers are the natural resources of this state and their protection for this and future generations.

* More reports will be posted soon.



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