An osprey forest in Humboldt County is being defended by tree-sitters
Forest activists demand the company stop clear cutting and over-logging as global climate catastrophe looms
Trinidad, Humboldt County, CA–A group of forest defenders have started defending another redwood grove a few miles north of Trinidad, CA. Green Diamond Resource Company plans to clearcut the forest under an active Timber Harvest Plan (THP). The 40.5 acres of the THP is almost entirely within the limits of the protection zone of two osprey nests (Pandion haliaetus). This bird of prey is a “Species of Special Concern” in California and is considered a key component of the ecosystem.
- Gary Rynearson, Chief Communications Officer and Forest Policy Director, Green Diamond Resource Company
- Forest Stewardship Council – US Board of Directors
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board of Directors
- Stefan Bergmann, Certification Forester, Technical Associate, Scientific Certification Systems, Inc
- Dennis Hall, Forestry and Fire Protection Administrator, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
- Charlton H. Bonham, CDFW Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Pacific Southwest Regional Director of Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Steve Madrone, 5th District Supervisor, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
From: Redwood Forest Defense firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: An Open Letter to Green Diamond Resource Company from Redwood Forest Defense
Monday, June 29, 2020
Dear Mr. Rynearson,
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, department leaders in managing the State of California’s forests and wildlife, and international agencies certifying sustainable timber production,
We, a group of community members advocating for the health of the forests in the Humboldt County bio-region of Northern California, write to inform you that Green Diamond Resource Company is irresponsibly managing timberland in Humboldt County without adequately mitigating for climate change and biodiversity loss.
We are protesting Green Diamond’s forestry practices and, in Timber Harvest Plan (THP) 1-19-00215 HUM, have raised and are dwelling in multiple treesits throughout Unit A. In addition to the trees now actively hosting human life, several are connected with aerial traverses. It would be extremely dangerous to fall trees or operate machinery anywhere within the single, large unit in this THP. These actions are in addition to multiple treesits in the adjacent THP 1-18-00157.
Deforestation is a major driver of climate change worldwide, and because temperate rainforests such as this one are especially powerful carbon sinks, logging within the redwood bioregion has global implications. Green Diamond’s management is devastating for the species that call this ecosystem home – but it also affects other biomes worldwide. We are calling for a moratorium on industrial logging during this climate catastrophe.
We call for Green Diamond to cancel these two Timber Harvest Plans, but more broadly, to take responsibility for the generations of harm they have caused – the legacy of colonization they benefit from and their profit-driven destruction of habitat. We also call on CalFire, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to stop approving and supporting Timber Harvest Plans that destroy habitat for the threatened species they are tasked with protecting. Now is the time to realize the value of these forests and restore them rather than allowing further degradation.
Overall this forest is remarkably decadent, especially compared to surrounding Green Diamond timberlands. Areas within this THP are of particular value and deserving of special protection. This unit displays ecological value not commonly found within second growth and contains what could be the next generation of old growth, if it is allowed to survive and thrive.
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WRITE & CALL the following decision makers:
Chief Communications Officer and Forest Policy Director
Green Diamond Resource Company California Timberlands Division
Forestry and Fire Protection Administrator at State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Northern Regional Manager
Scientific Certification Systems, Inc
Certification Forester, Technical Associate
Forest Stewardship Council
Support the Open Letter to Green Diamond Resource Company and complicit State agencies by calling and emailing the following individuals to demand:
Forest activists in Northern California recently sent an open letter to a timber corporation in Northern California while simultaneously putting up a new tree-sit in a threatened redwood forest. The company, Green Diamond Resource Co., is notorious for its bad logging practices. Despite their clearcutting and encroaching into habitat of threatened and endangered species, GDRC managed to get “sustainable” certification from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This forest lies just north of an area that has been protected from additional logging by tree-sitters since 2012. The forest activists are also calling out other state agencies, including CalFire and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, that approve Green Diamond’s timber harvest plans as being complicit in the continued destruction of forest habitats.
- Green Diamond immediately file for Final Completion or Cancellation (as deemed appropriate) with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) for THPs 1-19-00215 HUM and 1-18-00157 HUM.
- Green Diamond cease and desist across its holdings, all forestry practices such as clearcutting (even aged management) that compromise habitat connectivity throughout the forest canopy to less than 71% on average.
- Green Diamond prioritize species habitat by retaining coniferous and hardwood trees, snags and stumps that demonstrate the following characteristics: broken-topped crowns, dead-topped crowns, half crowns, sparse crowns, upturned leaders, leaning holes, forked or multiple bole below breast height, conks on lower bole, conks on upper bole or crown, resinosis, fire scars, fire blackened-bark, fall scars, excavated cavities, mid-bole cavities, basal cavities, root cavities, reiterations (all types including immediate, delayed and traumatic), large lateral limbs, “cathedrals” or baseless sprouts, in addition to retaining any endemic tree and plant species.
- Green Diamond pay annual reparations ad infinitum to local Indigenous tribes and be willing to offer any land within the Tribes ancestral territories upon their request for re-acquisition.
- Cal Fire, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cease and desist approving, assisting, and supporting Timber Harvest Plans that include forestry practices such as clearcutting (even aged management) that compromise habitat connectivity throughout the forest canopy to less than 71% on average.
- AND: Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative remove Green Diamond’s sustainable forestry certification which exploits and misinforms the general public.