SAVE THE BEST
Learning from the past for a more sustainable future.
THE LOST COAST LEAGUE'S
Current Conservation Project
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THE MISSION OF THE RAINBOW RIDGE PROJECT is to restore the forests of the Mattole River’s two largest tributaries in a comprehensive effort to reverse climate change, resurrect native plant and animal species, and protect vulnerable treasures such as the remaining redwoods of the Eel River watershed.
- RAINBOW RIDGE & THE REDWOODS -
a video by the Lost Coast League 2016
"... You can feel the wildness and vibrancy in it's untamed landscape. Rainbow Ridge and the Forests of the Mattole Valley holds an important place in our hearts."
John Muir's Great-Grandson
— advocate of wild places
& Executive Director of Access Adventure
FULL FSC SIGN-ON LETTER
July 31, 2018
Re: FSC Complaint/Appeal for Humboldt and Mendocino Redwood Company
Dear SCS Complaint/Appeals,
I’m writing on behalf of the undersigned coalition of groups and individuals taking issue with Humboldt and Mendocino Redwood Companies (HRC) practices on two specific issues; logging of previously un-entered forest stands and the extensive use of herbicides through the hack and squirt method as well as foliar application. The precautionary approach as prescribed under the FSC standards has been neglected as relates to these issues and HRC has been directed by SCS in a Non-Conformity report (see attached FM_FRM_2011_HRC_Surv#84F4E6.doc) to address and comply with requirements related to High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) indicating the inadequacies in HRC’s process as relates to protecting these values.
These issues are taken in turn, but there is significant over lap as the areas of previously un-entered stands are also slated for and have been treated with a hack and squirt herbicide treatment prior to harvest and a follow up foliar application is planned.
In an effort to resolve these matters directly with the company, representatives of the Lost Coast League, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), and The Mattole Restoration Council (The Council) and others in both our official and personal capacities have engaged in email correspondence, phone conversations, field tours, and have met with company representatives at the company headquarters in Scotia California. .
Previously Un-Entered Stands
HRC filed two Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) in the lower North Fork of their Mattole holdings numbered 1-12-026HUM (2012) and 1-14-034HUM (2014) the Long Ridge Cable and Long Reach Helicopter THPs (collectively “the THPs”). These two THPs have been an issue of great controversy within the local community because of concerns that HRC has logged and will log within previously un-entered stands, in violation of the standards set forth by SCS and FSC. Stakeholders and the company’s nearby neighbors have reached out to HRC about our concerns. Within the boundary of the THPs, harvest has been completed in part (the eastern portion of unit 3 of the Long Ridge Cable THP) and not completed in other parts of the harvest plans. The actions taken by HRC is an ongoing harm and in need of immediate attention and resolution. Time is of the essence in this matter.
FSC standards demand the retention of previously un-entered stands as high conservation value forests (HCVF). See FSC Standards Indicators 9.2a, 9.1b, 9.4b, 10.5f, 6.3a.3. In determining a HCVF, FSC standards require that such decisions shall be made in the context of a precautionary approach. See FSC Principle 9.
PRINCIPLE 9: MAINTENANCE OF HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FORESTS
Management activities in high conservation value forests shall maintain or enhance the attributes which define such forests. Decisions regarding high conservation value forests shall always be considered in the context of a precautionary approach.
Indicator 9.1.a The forest owner or manager identifies and maps the presence of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) within the FMU and, to the extent that data are available, adjacent to their FMU, in a manner consistent with the assessment process, definitions, data sources, and other guidance described in Appendix F.
Given the relative rarity of old growth forests in the contiguous United States, these areas are normally designated as HCVF, and all old growth must be managed in conformance with Indicator 6.3.a.3 and requirements for legacy trees in Indicator 6.3.f.
Indicator 9.2.a The forest owner or manager holds consultations with stakeholders and experts to confirm that proposed HCVF locations and their attributes have been accurately identified, and that appropriate options for the maintenance of their HCV attributes have been adopted.
Indicator 9.1.b In developing the assessment, the forest owner or manager consults with qualified specialists, independent experts, and local community members who may have knowledge of areas that meet the definition of HCVs.
Indicator 9.4.b When monitoring results indicate increasing risk to a specific HCV attribute, the forest owner/manager re-evaluates the measures taken to maintain or enhance that attribute, and adjusts the management measures in an effort to reverse the trend.
Indicator 6.3.a.3 When [previously un-managed stands] are present, management maintains the area, structure, composition, and processes of all Type 1 and Type 2 old growth. Type 1 and 2 old growth are also protected and buffered as necessary with conservation zones, unless an alternative plan is developed that provides greater overall protection of old growth values.
These two THPs are comprised almost entirely of “previously un-entered stands,” areas of native forest having never before been subjected to industrial management/harvest. The areas are composed of a Douglas fir dominant over-story with mixed hardwood midlevel canopy. Compared to adjacent previously-entered stands, these stands are clearly un-entered. There is an absence of stumps, skid trails, and early seral forest conditions. On previous field trips, HRC has acknowledged that the stand appeared to have been un-entered.
Although HRC/MRC does have a legacy tree policy, which they describe as “an old growth policy,” that policy is out of alignment with the FSC standards in that it lacks any prescriptive protections for forest stands not previously harvested. Part and parcel of the FSC standards is that work is to be conducted in areas previously harvested and areas never before harvested are left intact. This is where the HRC/MRC policy falls short. They commit to not harvesting trees that were in existence prior to 1800 (i.e. a scrolling age so no new trees will qualify over time) and a diameter class (for Douglas Fir it is 36” or greater DBH). In other words if the tree is both big and old it will be left at the time of harvest. However, that does nothing to preserve areas that have never been logged but may not fit the “old growth policy.” According to the HRC/MRC website only 105 acres of previously un-entered stands have been identified. This appears to underestimate the actual amount of this forest class by a factor of 10 or more. These discrepancies must be addressed and reconciled and management plans must change accordingly if HRC/MRC is going to claim to comply with FSC standards and SCS is going to certify them.
HRC/MRC does not have a policy that complies with FSC standards as relates to un-entered stands. The HRC/MRC policy must be updated to include HCVF designation for all areas never before subjected to industrial forestry. FSC standards clearly prescribe protection for any area never before subjected to industrial forestry thus HRC/MRC must take steps to comply with this standard.
As a result of engagement with local community members, HRC designated a 202-acre block as High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) in a nearby stand which shares the same or similar character to the areas covered by the THPs in question. This designation is commendable, but given that the stands which remain subject to the planned harvest are of equal or substantially similar character to the designated HCVF, this change in management plans speaks volumes to the need to set aside all of the similar stands that are currently designated for harvest under these THPs. Since the forest character is the same, the appropriate prescription (HCVF) should be the same.
There are other areas in this region not currently under approved timber harvest plans with the same previously un-entered character that will likely be subjected to future harvest plans. This detail makes finding resolution to this issue at this time even more important.
While HRC has set aside the above-mentioned 202-acre HCVF, they have not developed a management plan that will protect or enhance the overall area, structure, composition, and process of these un-entered stands. They have in fact to date done significant damage to said stands by chemically killing old hardwoods using the hack and squirt method (see attached photos in Supporting Documentation/Chemical Application Photos folder taken February 1, 2018 on an HRC led field tour). Previously un-entered stands have been logged. Other areas of previously un-entered stands have been subjected to hack and squirt herbicide application as an initial treatment prior to harvest.
(See Supporting Documentation/Chemical Application Photos/IMG_0682 “HRC map indicating where herbicide was used to kill hardwoods Pre-Harvest”)
(See Supporting Documentation/Chemical Application Photos/IMG_0404 and IMG_0689 “Photos of large trees hacked and injected with poison within the area of map in IMG_0682”)
to view photos)
The undersigned have additional concerns about the application of herbicides, in particular “hack and squirt” application to remove hardwoods, in violation of FSC policy. HRC is not seeking to minimize, avoid, or eliminate herbicide use as prescribed under the FSC Principles and Criteria.
FSC policy states:
The Organization* shall use integrated pest management and silviculture* systems which avoid, or aim at eliminating, the use of chemical pesticides*. (The Principles and Criteria p. 19, Sec. 10.7). (Definition of Pesticide to include Herbicides, see Definition Pesticide, The Principles and Criteria, p. 28) (emphasis added).
HRC/MRC’s website states that more than 78,000 acres of forestland have been treated with hack and squirt herbicide application to date. Some of this area has had a follow up foliar application of herbicide post the initial hack and squirt treatment.
Within the two Mattole THPs an estimated 163 acres have already been treated with hack and squirt herbicide application prior to harvest in direct contradiction of the “post harvest” prescription as written in the approved THP.
Community opposition to hack and squirt practices is clear. In 2016, Mendocino County citizens put forward Measure V, which directly addressed the use of hack and squirt practices within the county. The measure passed with overwhelming support, gaining over 60% of the vote. Despite the clear mandate from local voters, HRC/MRC has continued to use hack and squirt on their lands. Further, HRC/MRC have been on notice through direct communications from stakeholders and local tribal people who have a direct link to the hardwoods, oak trees in particular, as a traditional source of food.
HRC/MRC subverts the will of its neighbors, the voting populous, and flagrantly ignores the mandate of FSC Principles and Criteria in its very extensive use (more than 78,000 acres) of herbicides on its holdings.
Consultation with Stakeholders
FSC standards prescribe extensive consultation with stakeholders and outside experts especially in relation to assessing and designating HCVF.
C9.2 The consultative portion of the certification process must place emphasis on the identified conservation attributes, and options for the maintenance thereof.
Intent: This Criterion is focused on the landowner or manager engaging in a consultation process and not the CBs certification process. FSC-ADV-30-901 Interpretation of Criterion 9.2 clarifies the meaning of this Criterion. The FSC Board of Directors agreed that the Criterion requires that forest managers should consult with stakeholders to identify presence of, and management options for, High Conservation Values. Further background information is available in the FSC Board paper BM28-17 FSC Criterion 9.2.
Indicator 9.2.a The forest owner or manager holds consultations with stakeholders and experts to confirm that proposed HCVF locations and their attributes have been accurately identified, and that appropriate options for the maintenance of their HCV attributes have been adopted.
Guidance: Experts may include employees of the forest owner/manager who possess the requisite expertise, but external stakeholders with experience pertinent to the HCVF attribute must always be consulted. (emphasis added)
Though HRC/MRC has taken substantial steps to incorporate input from concerned stakeholders, they have fallen short on implementation of the FSC standards and further discussion/negotiations appear inadequate to address the above discussed issues.
HRC has taken input from stakeholders and made substantial changes to their logging plans as a result. These commendable actions do not go unappreciated by the undersigned. We do appreciate having a neighbor that is approachable and willing to take action and admit error at times. In that vein, HRC/MRC has made two very significant changes related to these logging plans and adjacent stands.
First, HRC admitted to finding additional small stands that meet the Type 1 Old Growth definition AFTER proposing the Mattole THPs which included plans to harvest these newly designated HCVF areas.
Second, HRC has agreed to not log in the helicopter units of these THPs. This is a substantial portion of the THPs by acre (upwards of if not more than half the acreage).
However, this does not sufficiently address our concerns related to these previously un-entered stands and the appropriateness of HCVF designation. HRC has overtly stated they do not admit or intend to designate these previously un-entered forests as HCVF. Nor does HRC intend to make any other assurance regarding their commitment not to log the helicopter units other than their statement to concerned stakeholders that, “you’ll just have to trust us.”
Though we are grateful for HRC making the commitment to not log the helicopter units of this plan, that holds no assurance as they are unwilling to put these commitments in writing and are expressly reserving the right to log these areas at a later date.
As mentioned above SCS indicated to HRC in its 2011 report (attached below) that HRC was in Non-Conformity as relates to its HCVF policy and HRC was directed to correct this Non-Conformity by, “updating its HCVF process to include as assessment of precautions required to avoid risks or impacts to HCVs.” (SCS Report 2011).
HRC/MRC has inadequately addressed this policy deficiency. To fulfil its FSC obligations, HRC must take steps to update and improve its assessment process as relates to forests stands that have not previously been subjected to industrial forest management.
Non-Conformity With Local Law
While FSC prescribes conformity with all federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal law, in the application for the extension of the Long Ridge Cable THP 1-12-026HUM (absent that extension the THP would be expired) we see direct violation of these laws.
C1.1 Forest management shall respect all national and local laws and administrative requirements.
Indicator 1.1.a Forest management plans and operations demonstrate compliance with all applicable federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal laws, and administrative requirements (e.g., regulations). Violations, outstanding complaints or investigations are provided to the Certifying Body (CB) during the annual audit.
Indicator 1.1.b To facilitate legal compliance, the forest owner or manager ensures that employees and contractors, commensurate with their responsibilities, are duly informed about applicable laws and regulations. (emphasis added)
You will find in the attached document (20170829_1-12-026HUM_AM5M(1).pdf) in which the registered professional forester (RPF), Deakon Duey RPF#2853, checked the box at the bottom of page 1, asserting that, “(2) [no] Significant physical changes to the harvest area or adjacent areas have occurred since the timber harvesting plan’s cumulative impacts were originally assessed.” (Public Resource Code section 4590(e))
In the instant case at least one major landslide has occurred since the cumulative impacts were originally assessed. This slide is adjacent to Unit 1 of THP 1-12-026HUM (2012) and is easily observed from the main haul road and readily apparent from the road when we drove by on an HRC field tour as well as from Google Earth.
The failure to provide accurate information to CalFire is a violation of Public Resource Code section 4590(e), which provides:
“(e) The department shall not approve an extension pursuant to subdivision (a) or (d) if either of the following has occurred:
(1) Listed species, as defined in Article 1 (commencing with Section 2050) of Chapter 1.5 of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code or the federal Endangered Species Act ( 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq. ), have been discovered in the logging area of the plan since approval of the timber harvesting plan.
(2) Significant physical changes to the harvest area or adjacent areas have occurred since the timber harvesting plan's cumulative impacts were originally assessed.”(emphasis added)
In addition to violating state law in at least these two instances, HRC/MRC have simultaneously breached their obligation to FSC (C1.1 quoted above).
As a result of the above listed specific grievances and inadequate resolution though direct dialogue and negotiation with the company (HRC/MRC) we the undersigned here-by request a full and complete implementation of the FSC/SCS grievance resolution process.
Please respond within the prescribed time frame per section 4.2 of the SCS dispute resolution process of 5 days for notice and 14 days for a response.
Supporting Documentation and photographs are available at:
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Ellen E. Taylor
Lost Coast League
As well as a source of planetary regeneration, we aspire to see the forests as a source of human knowledge where scientists and artists can study geology, hydrology and biological phenomena, and where artists can find inspiration to bring peace and well-being to the world.
Coastal Redwood Trees
Earth's tallest tree! They date back to the Jurassic period. However, since the industrial revolution, less than 5% of these magnificent beauties remain from heavy logging.
THE LOST COAST
of Northern California
— a remote area of critical biological importance, rich with:
Old Growth Douglas Fir
can live for 1200 years providing
important habitat for such sensitive species as the Spotted Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, and the endangered Bald Eagle.
rare and endangered salmon, Steelhead, Goshawks, Golden Eagles, Pileated Woodpeckers, Western Pond Turtles, Pacific Giant Salamanders, Red-legged Frogs, Tailed Frogs, Southern Torrent Salamanders, Red Tree voles & the Pacific Fisher live on the Lost Coast.
Majestic Low Altitude Video of the Mattole River Estuary taken by Chad Smith, Fisherman, in March 2014; courtesy of the Mattole Salmon Group (mattolesalmon.org)
In these times of uncertainty and potential climate disaster, it is the responsibility of every human community to protect and restore and provide stewardship for their own part of the planet.
Studies have revealed that the forests of the Pacific Northwest are capable of storing carbon more efficiently than the “Lungs of the Planet” in the Amazon rainforests. The Rainbow Project has as a primary purpose the protection of the remaining ancient trees on these ridges, and limiting the extraction of younger trees to the sole purpose of facilitating recovery.
Protecting these coastal Douglas-fir trees will also provide a vital buffer for the neighboring giant redwoods of the Eel River valley, also powerful carbon fixers, and now noticeably climate stressed.
LCL Original Sign-on Letter
Help Save Rainbow Ridge
We at the Lost Coast League are excited about our current project. We have a great opportunity at this time, and your support is vital to its success.
The Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) currently owns 18,000 acres in the Mattole River watershed, in an area known, historically, as Rainbow Ridge. Approximately, 1100 of these acres are virgin, Douglas fir forest, representing what may well be the highest value, intact, unprotected coastal forest habitat that remains in the state of California. We say, "unprotected" because, tragically, this priceless forest is vulnerable. Humboldt Redwood Company, while certified for sustainable forestry, has approved timber harvest plans to begin logging. This means that HRC can begin cutting in these inexpressibly beautiful, primeval forests at any time.
However, the situation is not hopeless. The Lost Coast League, through dialogues with the HRC, has influenced management decisions. Some older stands, which were slated for harvest, will be left intact at this time.
We seek your support with an endorsement today to save the forests of Rainbow Ridge. This area, as the maps on our website lostcoastleague.org illustrate, is a direct link between the Humboldt Redwood State Park and the King Range National Conservation Area – well known as the Lost Coast.
Over 35 years ago, The Lost Coast League, in conjunction with BLM and other partners, played an important role in acquiring the coastline of the beautiful Lost Coast for public use resulting ultimately in designation as a Wilderness Preserve. The opportunity before us now will bring these two vitally important areas “closer together” by permanently protecting the corridor that connects the Lost Coast with ancient giants of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
All ecosystems are co-dependent in nature; protecting the link between these two natural treasures will enhance the habitat value of both areas for their many, dependent species. Our goal is preserving the biodiversity that still exists in this region. In addition, scientists have concerns that our tallest trees on earth, the coast redwoods, are threatened by climate change. Redwoods are experiencing a reduction in the fog that all summer they rake from the air with their tiny needles, dripping to their roots to provide essential moisture, without which they cannot survive. The temperate rainforests of Rainbow Ridge have, for centuries, provided a "fog buffer” for the adjacent majestic redwoods.
As our website demonstrates, we believe this to be one of, if not the most valuable, preservation opportunity in the state of California at this time.
Make sure to view the above video that we made for the Rainbow Ridge Project.
Please indicate your endorsement, or that of your organization, to support efforts for protecting the ecological integrity of Rainbow Ridge by signing-on below. It will help us communicate the extent of support the project is generating in our communities and throughout the region and nation.
The Lost Coast League
Lost Coast League Proposal for a Working/Learning Landscape on Rainbow Ridge
The 18,000 acres of the Rainbow Ridge tract (the headwaters of the Upper and Lower North Forks of the Mattole River) present a unique opportunity to find answers to questions concerning landscape management and its interactions with the regional climate and ecological dynamics during a period of a changing climate. We are seeking partners to realize the vision of a working forest that yields valuable information for the managers of this land as well as for managers of similar lands and policy makers in California and beyond.
The issues: Climate change is happening, and California’s forests—the protectors of the water supply for the state—are suffering from it. The incidence of tree die-off and major wildfire is at alarming levels in the Sierra Nevada, and climate modeling suggests that future Sierra snow-packs will decline. However, US Drought Monitor maps from 2011 to present show the forested coastal zone at the southern end of the Pacific Cascadia temperate rainforest to have largely been spared severe drought—this forest zone, if allowed to reach functional maturity, may well become an important source of reliable water supplies into the future. But to understand what opportunities may exist, we must understand the relationships between forest health and climate in the region, and we must understand how forest management influences those relationships. To do this, it is essential that information be collected from the few remnants of un-entered, old forests that still exist. Remaining old-growth redwood stands are largely protected; old-growth coastal Douglas-fir stands are not, so the opportunity for this research is quickly disappearing in a forest type that once was widespread along the California coast—these stands may hold the key to understanding the conditions for a large swath of the coast before forests began to be logged in the mid-1800s.
The land: The property includes 1,100 acres of untouched coastal Douglas-fir/Hardwood forests, perhaps the largest intact forest of that type remaining. Coastal prairies cover much of the land, and the third component is cut-over Douglas-fir. Currently, the property is managed by Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) whose stated intention is to restore the cut-over lands to health and productivity. Over the past two years, through an open process, HRC has declined to cut 86% of the old growth forest found in 3 approved Timber Harvest Plans. However, there is no permanent protection, and 14% may be cut in 2017.
The questions: The Rainbow Ridge forests would provide opportunities for research that are not available elsewhere. Here, where stands range in age from 10 to 300 years, it would be possible to compare un-entered stands with second-growth stands of various ages to assess differences in hydrologic response to fog; soil biological activity; carbon storage; responses to on-going shifts in temperature, rainfall, and fog frequency; and functions in supporting wildlife. It would also be possible to compare their roles and effectiveness as carbon sinks--as the Sierra forests burn with increased frequency, management of coastal forests to promote their role as carbon sinks may become increasingly important. We also need to better understand how the forests themselves once interacted with the local and regional climate and how those interactions have changed and will change in the future.
The opportunities: We believe that the Rainbow Ridge tract would be an ideal location for research for multiple reasons: (1) presence of old-growth remnants of a once-widespread forest type; (2) presence of an interested and involved human community: Mattole residents have been at the forefront of citizen-initiated campaigns to protect public trust values in their watershed, developing vibrant NGOs that partner with public land managers and state and federal agencies; (3) existence of data from earlier studies in the Mattole watershed; (4) management of the land by HRC, whose principal owners, Randi and Robert Fisher, are known for their intense interest in appropriate land management and issues of climate change; (5) presence of a mosaic of prairie and forestland (cut-over and un-entered), allowing assessment of interactions between interdependent ecosystems as both respond to climatic changes; (6) confirmed existence of Agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis) and possibly other rare fungi; (7) adjacency to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, thus extending a wildlife corridor to the King Range National Conservation Area (BLM); and (8) proximity to Humboldt State University, which has a robust Natural Resources department.
Lost Coast League would like to thank these individuals and groups who recently signed-on to support Rainbow Ridge Forest preservation efforts:
Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
Mattole Salmon Group
Professor Reed Noss - University of Central Florida
Michael Muir - John Muir's Great-grandson and Executive Director of Access Adventure & Anywhere Wild
Julia Butterfly -Circle of Life Foundation
Greg King -Siskiyou Land Conservancy
Chipp Tittman- President of Institute for Sustainable Forestry
Jerry Martien- Friends of Elk River
C.J. Ralph- Redwood Region Audubon and Klamath Bird Observatory
Edwin Smith- The Tribal Council of the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria
Karen Prickett- Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
Dr. Richard Widick- Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Thank you for your endorsement!
The forests of the Rainbow Project used to abound in many species of plants and animals, many of which have become rare, endangered or have vanished completely. Our aspiration is to restore the habitat for these species in the hopes that they will return and in the knowledge that species cannot survive isolated, especially under the stresses of climate change, to provide a corridor along which they may migrate, extending from the coast at the Mendocino Triple Junction to the King Range and inland to the redwood groves and Gilham Butte, much of which is protected wilderness.
We want to restore the integrity and stability of the Mattole’s two largest tributaries which several decades ago were renowned for their spectacular runs of anadromous fish.
“Mattole,” in the indigenous language of our valley, means “Clear Water” and we want to make it so.
It is well known that the forests of the world still harbor many secrets which can benefit life sciences such as medicine and biology and offer inspiration in other fields.
THE MATTOLE VALLEY
Rainbow Ridge: The Heart of the Mattole Valley
The Mattole Valley spans from the Humboldt Redwoods State Park to the Kings Range National Conservation Area and from the Sinkyone State Park to the Mattole Beach within the Kings Range National Conservation Area (KRNCA). In the heart of these majestic areas stands Rainbow Ridge.
The photo below was taken near Rainbow Ridge looking out onto the Mattole watershed.
Peer to the furthest mountain range of this photo and you will see the Kings Range. You will also see clear cuts, high up on steep mountain slopes, a few stands of old growth trees, but mainly second growth and third growth forests that the Lost Coast League and other local organizations are continually trying to restore and bring back from previous logging destruction.
Rainbow Ridge Map
Rainbow Ridge is highlighted in the salmon color below. Dark green areas signify important stands of critically endangered old growth trees.
Protection of Rainbow Ridge would be a huge win for conservation efforts everywhere! Not only is it an area of significant biological value, but it will help complete the efforts to reconnect the Redwoods to the Sea, provide a regional conservation zone for threatened and endangered species, and help to create ecological sustainabilty for generations to come.
About the Lost Coast League
"The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. ... So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for."
The Lost Coast League is a grassroots organization made up of working professionals. Collectively we believe that conserving what is left of our old growth forests—and restoring the vast majority of lands that have already been damaged—is important not only for our local ecosystem, but for the global community as well.
The Lost Coast is home to a vast number of plant and animal species indigenous and only found in the Pacific Northwest. We work closely with board members and consultants from other local non-profit organizations to restore and protect this unique area. Some of these organizations include the Middle Mattole Conservancy, Friends of Gilham Butte, Ancient Forrest International (AFI), Save the Redwoods League, The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), The Mattole Restoration Council (MRC), The Mattole Salmon Group, and Sanctuary Forrest. We give many thanks to the many important members who continue to support the efforts of the League over the years. Please search our site for past work created by our many members; you'll find letters, articles, and other projects that focus on conservation awareness.
Some of our key members active in the efforts to conserve 18,000 acres of forest on Rainbow Ridge include:
Concerned PA-C, parent & active community member
Arborist, Attorney, Member of EPIC Board of Directors
Owner of Lost Coast Ranch & OldGrowthTimbers.com
Mattole Salmon Group
Conservation consultant & concerened parent
DAVID SIMPSON & JANE LAPINER
Jane is director of Human Nature Theater Company. David co-founded the Mattole Salmon Group & served as president of Institute for Sustainable Forestry
The Lost Coast League's Vision
The Lost Coast of Northern California is one of the most precious ecosystems on Earth. Together, the neighboring lands of the ancient redwood forest, the Mattole watershed, the Kings Range National Conservation Area, and the Sinkyone Wilderness have the ability to sequester more carbon than most any other forested region on earth!
The Lost Coast League, deeply rooted in the principles of preservation and restoration, is here to help ensure this regions longevity; saving this "timberland" is critical. Founded in the 1970's to help create wilderness designation for the Kings Peak area, the League indignantly organized demonstrations against the agencies who failed to protect these values; League members sat in trees, blocked roads, and even got arrested. To this day we are a community based organization. We are a diverse group of local citizens, active parties from other organizations, concerned citizens, global volunteers and supporters.
The Lost Coast League is currently working to preserve the 18,000 acres in danger of being harvested by the Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC). These 18,000 acres are highlighted in salmon color on the Rainbow Ridge Map above. As the map shows: Rainbows Ridge's connectivity to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and its close proximity to the Kings Range National Conservation Area, could be critical in maintaining the structural health of this rare biological area.
What does it mean to "Save the Best and Restore the Rest"? "Saving" the few remaining, untouched, old growth forests, is of great ecological importance. We need to protect vital ecosystems and maintain habitat for endangered species, reliant on these specific forests for their survival. Meanwhile, the work we do "restoring" root systems and canopies to second & third growth forests, and stabilizing damaged watersheds to prevent flooding, landslides, and cumulatively impacted rivers, also has great importance to bring back ecological balance between the few remaining old growth areas of northern California's Lost Coast.
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness"
1. a collection of people, countries, or groups that combine for a particular purpose, typically mutual protection or cooperation.
As in "The League of Nations".
THE LOST COAST LEAGUE
Address: P.O. BOX 60 Petrolia, Ca 95558
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LOST COAST WEATHER
The unique biological and geological diversity of the Lost Coast can be tracked through its dynamic weather patterns. Click here to locate these towns that have biological linkages to Rainbow Ridge view the map above; notice how there can be more than a 10 degree difference of temperature, winds blow in from different directions at different speeds, and humidity can have more than a 40% variance on any given day.
From weather patterns to geography, our area is truly unique. The limited amount of remaining old growth and diversity of the area allow the Lost Coast the ability to sequester more carbon than most any other forest on Earth. Please help us to Save Rainbow Ridge by signing-on here.