By Danna Smith, Opinion Contributor — 03/21/19The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill The introduction of The Green New Deal resolution and the appointment of a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, has propelled climate change back into the national policy debate. That’s why today, on […]

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By Jason Daley | Sep 25 2018 When it comes to discussions about climate change, things like clean energy, carbon credits, and even climate engineering get a lot of attention. But one important solution has gotten lost in the mix: conserving forests. That’s why the North Carolina–based Dogwood Alliance, a group that advocates for southern forests, just […]

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Felta Creek Threatened By Aggressive Logging Plan [Note: A court hearing on this logging case will be heard Friday, August 17th at 3 pm in Rm 18, Empire Collge Annex, 3035 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA.  The public is invited to view the Hearing but seating is limited.] As wild Coho salmon have disappeared in […]

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July 10, 2018 by John Talberth One of the world’s leading climate scientists joined a coalition of 18 conservation, scientific, and community organizations calling on Oregon’s new Carbon Policy Office (CPO) and the Department of Forestry (ODF) to do an about-face on the state’s evolving forest carbon policy and to immediately implement measures to curb the harmful […]

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AB 2889 I have submitted a letter to the Natural Resources Committee (attached) and added sections from the Forest Practice Act (the proposed leg. language makes the review team (interagency review process noted in the Act and the Forest Practice Rules)) process + plus public comment and Calfire review impossible). After re-reading #5 in the […]

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Clearcutting is Oregon’s single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Millions of acres of industrial tree plantations present huge public health risks because they are far more susceptible to fires, floods, unhealthy water temperatures and droughts than the natural forests they’ve replaced. But there are numerous options Governor Brown and legislators in Salem have to […]

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Residents battle proposed logging plan near Felta Creek By Tom Gogola A Humboldt County businessman appears poised to get the green light from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to log most of a forested 160-acre Healdsburg parcel crossed by Felta Creek. Felta Creek is a tributary of the Russian River and […]

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To All, I submitted these comments using the link provided in the previous posting on the threat to the Cascasde-Siskiyou National Monument. In this time of Climate Change (many scientists would characterize this as Climate Crises and Global crises), we need to protect forests for its watersheds, fish, and air quality. This benefits agriculture and […]

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Greetings to All, Just hours ago, the Trump Administration formally started their process to gut protection for the spectacular Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Help us protect the Monument! For this Monument and every other of the 27 monuments under attack by Trump, please take action now. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a gem of biodiversity at […]

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There are nearly 33 million acres of forested land in the State of California. Since the early days of European-American settlement, the wholesale destruction of our native, “old-growth” forests, and the overall depletion of the productive capacity of our forests, both public and private, have been the subject of debate and concern. Many may not […]

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Will Parrish, 2016 The day after an unseasonal June rain swelled the streams of the northern Sierra Nevada, Marily Woodhouse steered her 2003 Dodge Dakota through 65 miles of winding mountain roads near Mount Lassen. Woodhouse first traversed the area on horseback shortly after moving here 25 years ago. Back then, the land was lush with life, and its towering conifer forests […]

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MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | September 16, 2016, 4:21PM A Sonoma County judge has halted logging operations tied to a disputed timber harvest plan in the Gualala River watershed until a court challenge against the project can be resolved. Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday, affirming an earlier tentative ruling […]

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A battle is brewing over whether cutting down trees will increase California’s water supply. By Will Parrish The day after an unseasonal June rain swelled the streams of the northern Sierra Nevada, Marily Woodhouse steered her 2003 Dodge Dakota through 65 miles of winding mountain roads near Mount Lassen. Woodhouse first traversed the area on […]

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Cal Fire has approved a timber harvest plan known as Dogwood that involves logging century-old redwood trees despite the objections of environmental advocates. The Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. July 5, 2016 Cal Fire has approved the Dogwood plan that involves logging century-old redwood trees despite the objections of environmental advocates. The Press Democrat reports […]

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MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 10, 2016 A disputed plan to log century- old redwoods along the Gualala River is running into stiff opposition from environmentalists who say the days of timber operations near North Coast streams, even on land long used for commercial logging, should be over. Opponents of the proposed timber […]

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by Will Parrish, March 2, 2016 On June 10th, 2015, the Albion-Little River Fire Protection District’s board of directors considered a resolution at a public meeting to prohibit intentionally killing trees and leaving them standing dead. The measure would have effectively barred Mendocino Redwood Company’s (MRC) controversial Hack-and-Squirt technique within the Fire District’s roughly 40-square-mile […]

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Coastal redwoods battle heats up along the Gualala River BY WILL PARRISH The fight to save majestic coastal redwood groves in California has been waged for more than a century, starting with the campaign that created Big Basin State Park in 1902. In 1978, the Sierra Club dubbed its successful campaign to expand Redwood State […]

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By Tom Wheeler Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 In the late 1980s, before the Northwest Forest Plan, loggers were pulling 4.5 billion board feet of timber out of federal forests within the range of the forthcoming Plan. This amount was unsustainable, however, and was achieved largely through the liquidation logging of old-growth forests. The Northwest Forest […]

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by Will Parrish, July 8, 2015 Perhaps more than any large private timber company in the history of California’s redwood coastal region region, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) has branded itself as an environmentally responsible land steward.  The company’s main goal, according to the About Us section of its web site, is “to demonstrate it is […]

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I sent the message – below – to Stephen.  If this is allowed to be how forests are managed on private lands in California – virtually all private forest lands will be put in these permanent large scale Non-industrial Timber Management Plans (NTMPs) – with no future environmental review or ability to update to new […]

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To All, Don McEnhill, Executive Director of Russian Riverkeeper is a featured interview in: THE RUSSIAN RIVER: ALL RIVERS – THE VALUE OF AN AMERICAN WATERSHED “The time of using greed to justify degrading our environment is over.” “We need to get very honest with the amount of water we have in the worst year. […]

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Salmon River Wildlands Threatened By Clearcut Logging We don’t throw around the word “clearcut” often—it’s an emotionally charged word that describes removing all of the forest structure in a stand in order to replace a native forest with an artificial tree farm. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Klamath National Forest is proposing in the wild […]

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To All, chris poehlmann has just read and signed the petition: Protect California Redwood Forests From Winery Development You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/541/276/481/take-a-stand-to-protect-californian-forests-against-ever-expanding-wineries/ chris poehlmann: Hi, I signed the petition “Protect California Redwood Forests From Winery Development”. I’m asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures. […]

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To All, FYI: I’m forwarding a little experiment direct emailing to Keith LaVine, the CEO of Artesa who was hired in 2011, and  inherited the Artesa vineyard project in Annapolis. It’s aim is to precipitate a prelude to what we expect will be a wave of public relations aimed at Artesa coming this summer, in […]

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP AND PUBLIC HEARING Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges for Timber Operations on Non-Industrial Timber Management Plans in the North Coast Region   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) staff will conduct a public workshop on draft Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements […]

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Salmon River Wildlands Threatened By Clearcut Logging TAKE ACTION: Protect the Salmon River Wildlands from clearcut salvage logging. We don’t throw around the word “clearcut” often—it’s an emotionally charged word that describes removing all of the forest structure in a stand in order to replace a native forest with an artificial tree farm. Unfortunately, that’s […]

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To All, Tell the Forest Service: Only You Can Prevent Extinction It may seem obvious that fish need water, but some government agencies need to be reminded. Right now, stretches of the Scott River (some of the best salmon habitat in the Klamath Basin) are being completely dewatered. Although the U.S. Forest Service holds an […]

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