Article Link: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/18/18819241.php
On November 16 2018, Forest Defenders in Humboldt County took to the trees on forestland owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), California's most massive clear cutter and largest landowner. They are defending old growth and mature trees on a timber plan very close to where they have been defending forests on Humboldt Redwood Company land. The site is deep in the forest, and the activists are risking arrest to call attention to corporate logging of large, fire-resistant trees, damage to water quality, and other destructive environmental impacts.
When asked why they are taking direct action against SPI, a bold forest defender who goes by the moniker of Oats replied, "The smoke from the devastating Camp Fire fills the air here, providing a constant reminder that lives are on the line. The health of these fire resistant forests is crucial to protecting the health of our planet both locally and globally. This type of timber extraction leaves the forest slashed, dried out and very fire prone."
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At least a dozen Humboldt County forest defenders hiked in to a Sierra Pacific Industries logging operation in the Mattole area, occupying the site, sending the log trucks coming in back out of the forest, effectively shutting it down. The activists were at the same area where a treesitter has been up since last week.
After putting up a tree-sit 100' high in an active Sierra Pacific Industries' (SPI) logging plan last Thursday, about a dozen forest defenders were on the ground in the plan this morning, resulting in the shutting down of the logging activity. The timber harvest plan (THP) is in the Rainbow Ridge area in the Mattole River watershed in Humboldt County, site of a long-running, multi-pronged campaign to preserve the legacy forests there under Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) ownership. Nearby HRC land is the SPI plan, near Taylor Peak on the North Fork of the Mattole River, and is the "Pig Mat THP", according to CalFire. Logging trucks on site, attempting to move huge Douglas Fir and Tanoak logs, have left the forest area, about 17 miles in from county roads, and have not returned.
The tree sit, plus a group of activists, and several surrounding old growth trees remain.
This action follows on the heels of the raising of the tree-sit last week, in efforts to protect this area from clearcut logging and the cutting of old growth in the Mattole River watershed. SPI, the largest private landowner in California, is the most prolific clearcutter. A report on the tree-sit, with further background, can be found in the previous IndyBay story at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/18/18819249.php.
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