Monday, May 20, 2013

Banner hung protesting Green Diamond clearcutting at Strawberry Rock

TRINIDAD, CA – Earth First! Humboldt has dropped a large banner reading “Respect Strawberry Rock — Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative Green-Wash Green Diamond’s Clear-Cuts.” The banner hangs 100 feet off the ground, and can be seen directly northbound on the 101 from Trinidad.

Green Diamond is the first U. S. based company that has received FSC certification while still practicing clear cut forestry methods, something that FSC is selling to the public as sustainable.  For the SFI, industry created label, clear-cutting is status quo. Green Diamond holds both FSC and SFI certifications.

Despite much vocal opposition from the community, including the mayor of Trinidad, as well as dedicated tree-sitters maintaining tree-sits, Green Diamond Resource Company is continuing the clear-cutting, aka “even aged management” around Strawberry Rock.  These plans include logging stands of residual old-growth and old second growth redwoods.

Included in the forest is a rare and little understood species, Bishop Pine. (editor's note: The last of Bishop Pine's native range in Northern California rests squarely inside Green Diamond's property in Trinidad.)  Green Diamond has a 45 year clear-cut rotation plan, including all of the land around Strawberry Rock.

Earth! First Humboldt is calling for Green Diamond Resource Company to create a special management zone of the Strawberry Rock area in which restoration forestry practices are followed include but are not limited to: not taking more than a third of the annual growth of the forest, protecting rare and endangerd species such as the Bishop Pine, Spotted Owl, and Marbled Murelet, and restoring mature forest habitat.

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