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|Nonviolent Protest at Mendocino Redwoods Company Mill in Ukiah|
|Date||Tuesday July 19|
|Time||9:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
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9 am: Rally at Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah
11 am: Demonstration at the Ukiah mill operation of Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC)
|Organizer/Author||KP & BACH|
Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) has poisoned thousands of acres of “unwanted” trees in Mendocino and Humboldt County with Imazypr, leaving millions of tanoaks and other hardwoods to die slowly, standing up. MRC also routinely broadcast sprays Glyphosate (“Roundup”) and Triclopyr (“Garlon”) to kill vegetation that they see as hindering the growth of their more commercial tree species.
Hack 'n' Squirt Alert! Residents of Mendocino County will rally in front of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers on Low Gap Rd. in Ukiah at 9 am on Tuesday, July 19, prior to an (approximately) 11 am demonstration at the Ukiah mill operation of Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC).
North Coast activists are protesting the continued use of herbicides in the forests, through the practice of “Hack ’n’ Squirt,” which is the direct application of toxic substances to trees, and then leaving the dead trees standing, creating a significant fire danger besides the health hazard to wildlife, streams, workers and residents.
MRC, owned by the Fisher family of GAP fame, kills the non-marketable trees—mostly hardwoods like tan oak—in a redwood or Douglas fir forest. The protesters say the practice of leaving standing dead trees has now been outlawed through Measure V, which passed on a County ballot by a two thirds majority. Moreover, MRC touts a “certified sustainable” label, bestowed by the Forest Stewardship Council. Sustainable lumber generally boasts a higher market value.
Forest activists point out there is nothing sustainable about using toxic herbicides, nor the elimination of tan oak trees, referred to as “nurse trees” that play an important role in protecting the soil and encouraging biodiversity, creating a healthier forest.
Those gathered for the rally and demonstration are demanding that MRC hold to its stated intention to stop the use of herbicides, including Imazypr and Glyphosate, and that their County Supervisors implement Measure V and carry out the ban on standing dead trees being left in the forest.