HRC Logs Northern Spotted Owl Habitat : CalFire Pledges to Call & Ask Logging to Hault
Humboldt Redwood Company Logs Northern Spotted Owl Habitat in Rainbow Ridge, Protestors Occupy CDF Fortuna office and call for Immediate Cease to Logging!
Monday July 8 th, Forutuna
A large group of protestors occupied the CDF Fortuna office early Monday morning in response to Humboldt Redwood Company’s recent logging in the protective buffer zone of a Northern Spotted Owl habitat found this Spring.
In May, a new Northern Spotted Owl site was discovered by surveyors in HRC’s Long Ridge Cable timber harvest plan. HRC received support from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to greatly reduce the owl’s 1000’ protective buffer zone allowing HRC to log within it. The approval of these documents is in violation of the California Forest Practices Rules and the Z'berg-Nejedly Forest Practice Act of 1973.
Ten people have been arrested so far for nonviolent actions at HRC gates and on Rainbow Ridge since logging began without the Company's filing of crucial documents required by the Forest Stewardship Council in a Grievance procedure initiated last Spring by the Lost Coast League.
“They are deliberately dropping trees before the required re-evaluation was completed”, says Gabrielle Ward of the Lost Coast League.
For forty years, there have been on going community efforts to restore salmon populations in the lower North Fork of the Mattole River. Its headwaters originate in Rainbow Ridge.
“Instead of completing the work of redefining the High Conservation Value Forest on their 18,000 acre holdings in the headwaters of the upper and lower North Forks of the Mattole River, Humboldt Redwood Company is putting the future of owls, red tree voles, and numerous other rare, threatened and endangered species at risk,” adds Ward.
HRC’s logging on Rainbow Ridge remains a contentious issue. Jack Nounnan, an 87 year old veteran and activist locked himself to the main gate at HRC's Scotia headquarters last Tuesday. The following day, over 60 community members rallied at Monument Gate, the main entrance to the Rainbow Ridge timberlands. Tree sitters continue to occupy two ancient Douglas firs marked for cutting as part of HRC's Long Ridge Cable and Long Reach timber harvest plans. Lear security guards are stationed below their trees and continue to restrict access to their water, food, and gear supplies.