No New Logging Plans This Year
Prior to this, PL submitted a reorganization plan calling for the selling of 22,000 acres sudivided into 160 acre parcels and labeled as "trophy" homes or "kingdoms". This was met with outspoken resistance from residents and the Humboldt County Supervisors that don't live on PL land.
Pacific Lumber has yet to complete their "Watershed Analysis" that was begun over a year ago. We have every reason to believe that PL is trying to build an arguement for the reduction of stream protection buffer zones. These buffer zones are supposed to protect watercourses, and thier inhabitants by keeping soil disturbance far from the creeks and keeping the creeks shaded and cool. The greatly diminished salmon and trout need cold clean water to survive. Downstream human residents also benefit from watercourse buffer zones as they reduce the risk of landslides and flooding. There are unusually high amounts of year-round streams here in the rainbow Ridge area which results in a large amount of forest being protected.
Mattole Wildlands Defenders continue to monitor the situation 24-7-365 or something close to that.
Please get in touch if you have questions and/or want to help.