Categorized | Local

The View From Strawberry Rock

 

–Green Diamond and Environmentalists See it Differently–

 

By Lillian Boyd

 

Many travelers from all over the country coming to Humboldt County do something illegal:  they hike to Strawberry Rock.

hiking strawberry rockHumboldt State wildlife student Eileen Kitayama first hiked the trail to Strawberry Rock in 2011 by herself—a challenge that took three hours of Google mapping and driving around Trinidad.  She revisits the rock to reflect, paint landscapes, and meet new people.

One of Trinidad’s most well known trails, the path to Strawberry Rock is nestled behind a crowded cul-de-sac of young-growth and old-growth Redwoods alongside Highway 101.

“The trail is covered with footprints that I can follow,” Kitayama said.

“From the top of the rock I can see a blanket ofstrawberry rock logging redwood forest, snow-covered mountains, the Mad River valley, little boats and sea-stack rocks around the Trinidad peninsula.”

The path, the rock, the redwoods, the Sitka spruce, and the fir trees all sit on an 80,000-acre site privately owned by lumber companies since the early 1900s.

Logging company Green Diamond purchased the land from Louisiana Pacific in 1998 and approved its most recent timber harvest plan– THP# 1-10-137-HUM –– in March 2011 to cut down trees in portions of land surrounding Strawberry Rock.

HSU forestry lecturer Gary Rynearson manages forest policy and communications for Green Diamond.

“We take a good, hard look at every tree,” Rynearson
said.  “If they have key features for wildlife benefits
they are retained.”

green diamondGreen Diamond plans to implement a combination of cable and shovel yarding –– an alternative harvesting method with less impact on the forest floor compared to tractor yarding.

Yarding involves a large piece of machinery that transports
fallen logs onto the main road.  Shovel yarding has wide
smooth padded tracks with low ground pressure compared
to tractor yarding.  Shovel yarding does not churn or disturb
the soil like tractor yarding does, Rynearson said.

stop green diamondThe timber harvest plan includes harvesting a total of 84 acres in areas surrounding Strawberry Rock.  A separate 27.5 acres will be left alone.

Although Green Diamond does not plan on harvesting in 2013, community members are not waiting to voice their opinions against clear cutting.

The newly assembled organization Friends of Trinidad Forests met in the Westhaven Fire House on Dec. 15 to discuss the history of the area, possible conservation strategies, and ways to publicize the issue.

strawberry rock fogSome community members have taken up tree sitting as a form of protest against clear cutting.

Tree-sitters will set up camp on a tree branch using a line to secure themselves from falling.  Usually, a team of sitters will alternate between who camps on a branch after a certain amount of time.  The idea is to prevent loggers from cutting down the tree– or else the tree-sitter goes down with it.

Abe Brower, an active member of Friends of Trinidad Forests, said that tree sitting would be a last resort.

“We want the Trinidad Forests to be treated like the Arcata
Community Forest,” Brower said. “With minimal and very
selective cutting.”

strawberry rockFor now, Brower and fellow member Jack Nounnan are focused on spreading the word on the timber harvest plan through tabling and future meetings.

Their next meeting will be held in Trinidad Town Hall on Saturday, February 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“I’ve been involved in forest activism since 1974,” Nounnan said.  “I’m positive that public concern will make a difference in this community.”

 

Friends of Trinidad Forests Informational Meeting
Trinidad Town Hall
Trinity Street, Trinidad
February 9,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

strawberry rock closing

 

 

 

 

strawberry rock closing2

 

 

 

 

 
* * * * * * * *

Random comments from the local community can be found here at the Humboldt Herald.

This article by Lillian Boyd orginally appeared in The Lumberjack.

(Images by the Humboldt Sentinel.  Posted by Skippy Massey)

One Response to “The View From Strawberry Rock”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. [...] The Sentinel’s previous article on Strawberry Rock is here. [...]


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Democracy and the 'hood
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives[Remarks at a conference in 2006]Sam SmithWASHINGTON'S advisory neighborhood commissions came out of a time that seems distant today, a time before 9/11, George Bush, the closing of DC's public hospital and the socio-ethnic cleansing of DC.Sure, we were still recovering from the riots, but the very word […]
  • Iatrogenic violence
    From 50 years of our overstocked archives  Sam Smith, 2006 - Reader Dan writes in response to our listing of American corporations tied to Israel: "Do you have a comparable list of corporations that remain silent when a Palestinian bomb explodes aboard an Israeli bus? The policies of the Israeli government are abhorrent, but the tactics of the Palestini […]
  • Transportation news
    Transportation news Bike news High speed, high cost, high income rail What roads and rails tell us about class and power […]
  • Letting a nine year old play in the park alone considered child abuse
    Laura Clawson, Alternet - McDonald's has fired Debra Harrell, the woman who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old daughter play alone at the park while she was at work. Harrell originally had her daughter come to work with her and play on a laptop during her summer vacation, but their home was burglarized and the laptop stolen, so she allowed her d […]
  • Toy wars
    Sam Smith - Regardless of the considerable bias in the mainstream media over little wars like those right now in Palestine and Ukraine, it is important to remember that the big media first and foremost loves toy wars. For example, sending Wolf Blitzer to Israel journalistically makes about as much sense as sending Justin Bieber to report from a girl's s […]
  • Nestle contributes to California water shortage
    Al Jazeera - The Golden State is in the third year of record drought, and while consumer restrictions are not expected to make a sizeable dent in state water usage on their own, officials hope the fines, which go into effect August 1, will send a message to Californians who apparently have yet to grasp the severity of the situation.That message, however, has […]
  • The real economy
    Global Research - The percentage of children in poverty hit 23 percent in 2012, up sharply from 16 percent in 2000. Some states are much worse. For almost the entire American South, the share of children in poverty is higher than 25 percent. […]
  • Infrequently asked questions
    If sanctions are so righteous against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, why not try them against Israel's invasion of Palestine? […]
  • More on Israel's role in building Hamas
     Robert Dreyfuss, Institute for Public Accuracy - In Gaza, between 1967 and 1987, when Hamas was founded, the number of mosques tripled in Gaza from 200 to 600. And a lot of that came with money flowing from outside Gaza, from wealthy conservative Islamists in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. But, of course, none of this could have happened without the Israelis c […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    Some day our leaders may again be as good as our firefighters..- Sam Smith […]
  • Word
    Those who want the government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide. -- Harry Truman […]
  • Word: Where the Palestinian crisis began
    Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. Most recently, she was a founding member of Jews Say No!, is on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is a member of the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project--US.Donna Nevel - As Israeli government violence against the P […]
  • Israel hiring students to troll social media sites
    USA Today - Israel is looking to hire university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks — without needing to identify themselves as government-linked, officials said Wednesday.The Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement that students on Israeli university campuses would receive full or partial scholarships to combat an […]
  • The war crimes Israel and Obama are committing
    Shamus Cooke, Anti-War - The two most glaring war crimes Israel is committing – as defined by the Geneva Convention – are the concepts of “collective punishment” and “necessity and proportionality.”Under collective punishment, a warring party cannot respond to an attack by waging war on the attacker’s community, as is clearly happening in Gaza. The clearest […]
  • California drought update
    LA Times -Te groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.hMeasured in volume, the groundwater level for the basin is now about 500,000 acre-feet below full, according to Douglas Headrick, general manager for the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.That would put it below the previous […]