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Spooner Tree-sit Raided Today
Forest Activists in Southern Humboldt reported today that two activists were arrested and lumber company climbers were raiding the village and taking gear.
Tree-sitters in the Nanning Creek tree village sent a text message today saying that Pacific Lumber climbers were raiding the tree-sits. Also two forest defenders were arrested on the ground for trespassing. Activists are heading to the gate to protest against Palco's actions. Some activists have raised concerns that the company is violating the law by cutting branches during Marbled Murrelet nesting season, which ends on September 15. Much of the tree-sitter's gear has been taken or destroyed. Spooner is a huge, ancient redwood tree that is almost 300 feet tall and is estimated to be as much as 2,000 years old. Marked to be cut down by Pacific Lumber Company, Spooner is located in the Nanning Creek watershed, near Scotia, Ca. Activists began sitting in Spooner two summers ago and have set traverse lines to protect the surrounding grove of trees. A direct action forest defense base camp will be taking place September 6th-10th For more information please call 707-834-3100 or 949-274-0998 or 707-845-9046
This ancient tree could be cut down after Sept. 15, when marbled murrelet nesting season ends.
All 298 feet of Spooner is currently located in the Nanning Creek area near Scotia, California.
Spooner is 14 feet in diameter at breast height.
200 feet up, before the branches, Spooner is only 10 feet in diameter.
Spooner is the largest tree in that grove.
Logging of the grove has already begun.
It has been temporarily postponed because the grove is the nesting ground for a sea bird on the endangered species list, the marbled murrelet.
Where, exactly, the endangered birds will nest if the grove is cut after this year's nesting season is an unanswered question.