Felta Creek Logging Court Dates Set

Friends of Felta Creek have challenged the approval of a logging plan 1-17-017 SON which will damage the salmon run in Felta Creek!

Please attend these court dates if you can. Showing the judge that lots of people care about protecting Felta Creek and stopping this timber harvest plan can only strengthen our case.

May 16, 3:00pm Courtroom 18, 3055 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa is the hearing to hold off timber operations.

August 17, 3:00pm Courtroom 18, 3055 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa is the main trial hearing where Friends of Felta Creek is suing CalFire for approving this THP.

June 8, 2019: Dinner Under the Redwoods

Join us for a barbecue under the redwoods!

Please join the fun at our Fifth Annual Summer Dinner under the redwoods.   Great food, lively music, awards and current forest news.  Plus a special guest: Brian Nowicki, California Climate Policy Director of Climate Law Institute, Center for Biological Diversity will give an informative talk .

Forest Unlimited will also presenting an Environmental Activist awards to a deserving forest activist.

When:  Saturday, June 8, 2019, 3-6pm
Where:  Anderson Hall, Camp Meeker
Live music: All Swing Considered
Food:  Wild salmon is back as well as veggies on the grill!  There will be side salads, appetizers, and desserts.
Tickets: $55 salmon/$35 veggie per person on or before May 15. $65 salmon/$45 veggie after June 1.  Mail check to: Forest Unlimited, PO Box 506, Forestville CA 95436.  Please write “Dinner” on the memo line
or
Tickets Online: Select Salmon or Veggie Dinner in “Dinner Under the Redwoods” in the sidebar and pay through Paypal.
Further information: call 707-887-7433 or email larryjhanson@comcast.net.
Don’t miss it.  Mark your calendar now!  This is a fundraiser for Forest Unlimited.

January 2020: 20th Annual Redwood Seedling Reforestation Project

January 4th and 5th, Forest Unlimited volunteers will be planting approximately 1,600 one-year old redwood seedlings for reforestation and erosion control.

Forest Unlimited will provide trees, all equipment and a free hot lunch, including drinks and snacks. Vegetarian food will also be available.

If you would like participate in our January planting, please contact our Reforestation Manager, Harlie Rankin at harlierankin@gmail.com.  Further information on the rendezvous location, appropriate attire, etc. will be sent to all volunteers by mid December.

Coastal redwoods battle heats up along the Gualala River

by Will Parrish, Bohemian.com

The fight to save majestic coastal redwood groves in California has been waged for more than a century, starting with the campaign that created Big Basin State Park in 1902.

A RIVER TRICKLES THROUGH IT According to the EPA, the Gualala River has been “impaired” due to sediment caused by logging. - RORY MCNAMARAIn 1978, the Sierra Club dubbed its successful campaign to expand Redwood State and National Park the “last battle” of “the redwood war,” but the battles to protect this globally recognized icon of nature would only intensify.

In 1985, a junk-bond dealer named Charles Hurwitz engineered a hostile takeover of Humboldt County’s most respected logging company, Pacific Lumber, and folded it into Houston-based investment company Maxxam. Meanwhile, Louisiana-Pacific, a Georgia-Pacific spin-off, was cutting its more than 300,000 acres in Mendocino and Sonoma counties at roughly three times the forest’s rate of growth.

“We need everything that’s out there,” Louisiana-Pacific CEO Harry Merlot told the

Press Democrat in 1989 “We log to infinity. Because it’s out there and we need it all, now.”

This unruly phase of the story involves the birth of radical environmentalism on the North Coast, complete with tree sits and road blockades, and culminates in the campaign to save the largest remaining area of unprotected old-growth redwoods in California, and thus the world: the Headwaters forest, located between Fortuna and Eureka. President Bill Clinton made saving Headwaters an election pitch in 1996, and in 1999 the state and federal governments purchased 7,500 acres to establish the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

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