Closure of Carlotta Mill
For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 9, 2001
Contact: Naomi Wagner, (707)-629-3546
"Maxxam/Pacific Lumber's recent layoffs
and subsequent blaming of Earth First! are both regrettable and
unnecessary," said Naomi Wagner, long-time Earth First! activist
and Petrolia resident, "When will this company learn to live
The company is complaining that the Habitat
Conservation Plan (HCP) is not providing them with a steady supply of logs and that pressure from
activists is slowing them down. But, according to Citizen Monitors, Maxxam/PL
has continued logging at an unsustainable rate this year and has thousands of
acres in active
and pending Timber Harvest Plans (THP).
In Freshwater they have filed some fifteen
plans, at least half of which are
approved. The company owns about 15,000 acres in Freshwater, two-thirds
were clearcut between 1990 and 1997. Clearcutting has dumped massive
sediment into water courses, harmful to fish and water quality.
They continue to
ignore the cumulative effects of years of overcutting watersheds.
In Bear Creek,
considered the most heavily impacted watershed, CDF has approved
an additional 700 acres.
"The underlying problem is their refusal
to perform real water quality
monitoring as required by the local and Regional Water Quality Agency",
DiPerna of THP Watch. "Out of 22 watersheds in their more than
holdings they have not even started a monitoring program on a single
are now defying a special Order to Comply and are challenging Water
authority to issue such an order."
Water quality monitoring is a pre-requisite
for completion of the watershed
analysis requirements of the HCP. When the Habitat Conservation
Plan was written
it totally disregarded the already existing jurisdiction of the
Clean Water Act
(CWA) and North Coast Regional Water Quality has always maintained
that the HCP
does not meet its CWA standards.
Maxxam / PL blames protests in the Mattole
for the layoffs at the Carlotta Mill,
but that mill processes mainly redwood, while the Mattole is solely
Fir forest. They also sight lack of access to the Hole in Headwaters,
is another matter of their needing to comply with a court order
water quality monitoring.
The company has filed a Strategic Lawsuit
Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
against 70 community residents and activists claiming harm to their
operations. "We are simply protecting public values and upholding
Species Act . They're attempting to drive a wedge between activists
workers, but we have never thought of loggers as 'Us and Them' but
all of us!" said Jack Nounnan an elder activist from Arcata
named and served in
the lawsuit. Meanwhile Maxxam/PL continues to hire Columbia Helicopter