Species At Risk
Several Special & Endangered Species Depend on Rainbow Ridge’s Complex Habitat Structure to Survive
Rainbow Ridge is a vital complex habitat structure for rare and endangered species such as the Pacific fisher, Coho salmon, Northern goshawk, Golden eagle and Northern spotted owl, as well as a large and distinctive type of Ancient Forest dependent medicinal fungus, the agarikon.
Spotted Owl Nest On Rainbow Ridge
“As if in solidarity, a Northern Spotted Owl, a threatened species on both federal and state lists, has started a tree sit of its own, eloquently identifying “high conservation value”
The Spotted Owl is protected to some degree on the Federal and State level. Cutting should not occur within 1,000ft of the nest, however once the owl leaves the nest, the area can be entered and logged, as if the owl would never return home given the chance. Currently HRC has reduced the required protective 1,000ft barrier by 60% around a newly discovered Owl . This leaves only a 400ft buffer zone, between the Owl’s nest and the logging activity.
“The Sonoma tree vole is mainly found in old forests, which are fast disappearing due to logging. While not listed as endangered, it is a species of special concern and an "indicator species" of forest health as well as the favored prey of the Northern Spotted Owl, a state and federally listed species.
"Sonoma tree voles are a rare species because their home-- mature and old-growth Douglas-fir trees-- are largely gone," said Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) in Arcata. "The presence of tree voles is strong evidence that this area is a High Conservation Value Forest and requires protection under HRC's own standards."
In 2011, HRC wildlife biologist Sal Chinnichi found that Sonoma Tree Voles were likely to be found in abundance on Rainbow Ridge, an indication that HRC was aware of the High Conservation Values before submitting the harvest plans.” - PR News Wire
The endangered Pacific Fisher could have been the Spirit Animal For Fisher Family - Now It will just be another species forced even closer to the brink of extinction, as more of it’s critically bio-diverse habitat is destroyed for profit of an already wealthy family. Wonder what their great-grand children would think?
Huffington Post Article On Medical Use of Agarikon
“Agarikon is not only a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, its extracts have also demonstrated antiviral properties. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attack, our team submitted more than 500 samples of diverse mushroom extracts to the BioShield BioDefense program, administered cooperatively by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. After many panels of tests, the species that stood out was Agarikon.
Of the 11 strains of Agarikon from North America that were tested, a few showed exceptionally strong activity against viruses including pox (cowpox), swine (H1N1) and bird (H5N1) flu, and herpes (HSV1, HSV2) viruses. In several sets of tests, dilutions of our natural ethanol extracts against flu viruses exceeded the potency of the positive drug control -- ribavirin -- against flu viruses by a factor of 10 or more. Most recently, a team of Russian researchers has confirmed the strong antiviral activity of Agarikon against H5N1 flu virus and found that Agarikon is comparatively non-toxic to human cells (Teplyakova et al., 2012).
Agarikon contains antiviral molecules new to science. Researchers for pharmaceutical companies may have missed its potent antiviral properties. Our analyses show that the mycelial cultures of this mushroom are most active but that the fruitbodies, the natural form of the mushroom, are not. The fact that Agarikon is active against both viruses and bacteria suggests that it can provide a natural bioshield against potential infection and disease transmission. As the medical values of Agarikon continue to be researched, the value of biodiversity -- or mycodiversity -- of this species can truly be appreciated.”
45 Years of Salmon Restoration at Risk
Many, many members of the Mattole Watershed community have worked to restore the salmon runs and have literally spent 45 years personally overseeing the recovery of their river, from damage done over 50 years of logging. Countless community groups have had boots on the ground and hands in the water, restoring the wild salmon. This community changed the way the world understands restoration work. The sediment discharge caused by logging on the steep and unstable slopes of Rainbow Ridge will muddy the waters and negatively impact salmon breeding habitat. Lets learn from the past and not repeat the same mistakes!
The Golden Hawk
Another of the many species dependent on the complex habitat structure of the Ancient Forest of Rainbow Ridge.