TO ALL FRIENDS OF THE MATTOLE'S ANCIENT FORESTS
We just learned that the California Department of Forestry (CDF) is
intending to approve Timber Harvest Plan (THP) 1-99-475HUM as early
Friday morning, September 8th, 2000. This directly contradicts CDF's
promise to not approve controversial timber harvest plans on a Friday
afternoon, to prevent the possibility of a weekend massacre, before
citizens get a chance to challenge the logging in court. That promise
made only a week ago, and was made in a discussion regarding this very
This THP is one of six plans Maxxam has submitted in the Rainbow Ridge
of the Mattole watershed. The proposed logging will fragment 3,000 acres
of ancient forests by clearcutting 250 acres in 29 units spread throughout
the North Fork Mattole basin. This is the first of the so-called "sacrifice
zones" in which PL is allowed, under the terms of the Headwaters Deal
Habitat Conservation Plan to ignore the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Andrea Tuttle, Director of CDF, Ross Johnson, Deputy Director of Resource
Management, Dean Lucke, Assistant Deputy Director of Resource Management,
and Roger Thompson, Deputy Chief Forest Practices, all need to hear
you tonight and early Friday morning!
Tell them that it is not OK for them to approve these controversial
harvest plans that will fragment the largest stand of unprotected,
contiguous lowland, old-growth Douglas fir in California, and especially
not on a Friday. We as citizens of this community, state and nation
right to challenge Maxxam's intent to destroy our forests and watersheds.
Approval of this plan on Friday will likely mean that Maxxam will send
logging crew in over the weekend, and destroy the forest before it can
legally challenged on Monday.