Chronology

Lost Coast League Incident Report Summary : Humboldt Redwood Company did not Fulfill Corrective Action Request From Certifying Agency & Began Site Disturbing Activities


July 2018


November 2018

Original Complaint Filed by Lost Coast League (LCL).



SCS Global Services files an investigation report of project on Rainbow Ridge. SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims.


January 2019


January 2019 to Present


January 2019 to Present


May 2019


May 2019


June 5, 2019


June 25 2019


July 3rd 2019


July 4th 2019


July 8th


July 9th

SCS Global Services issued (HCVF) High Conservation Value Forest designation and a herbicide Corrective Action Request (CAR) for the project in Rainbow Ridge.


Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) did not involve the Lost Coast League, as required by certifying agency, in their response to either Corrective Action Request from the certifying agency, despite offers from LCL to both SCS and HRC.


HRC never fulfilled SCS directive to participate in High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) designation, never did “share” their findings, and, apparently (according to Ben Hawk on June 6, 2019) felt they had satisfied SCS and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


HRC and SCS non-communicative when Lost Coast League inquired about whether HRC had responded to the Corrective Action Request. Then, before hiring on contractors to begin logging, a newly established Northern Spotted Owl site is Discovered. The Owl is identified as 292. This new information was filed incorrectly by HRC on May 31st, 2019 as a “minor amendment” not as a “significant deviation,” which would have triggered Public comment.

The Lost Coast League refrained appealing to Assurance Services International (ASI, is a company important in the chain of custody certification) until Humboldt Redwood Company began logging, wanting to give them every opportunity to follow Corrective Action Request directives.


Humboldt Redwood Company began (and continues) logging on Rainbow Ridge, a High Conservation Value Forest area.


Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) submitted request to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to modify the “no harvest” core area of the of the Northern Spotted “Owl 292” protective buffer Zone. This request was filed as a “Minor Amendment.” It should have been considered “ Significant Divination. ”


“Gound-truthing footage and GPS way points confirm that HRC logged within the Northern Spotted buffer zone BEFORE potentially gaining an official approval stamp from Cal - Fire.


Cal-Fire approves modification plan for Northern Spotted Owl 292 buffer Zone. (Cutting already had been going on in the area.)


Community members present evidence to Cal-Fire office in Fourtuna.


Tim Meyers, Cal-Fire Unit Forester visits site in question.