Saturday, December 30, 2006

Winter Break

I am taking a break from Humboldt's rain and staying in Santa Barbara, for awhile. I bought a new Nikon Coolpix digital camera and have been practicing with it, so I can take good pictures in the woods, when I get back. There is the Los Padres National Forest here in Santa Barbara, and I'm Planning on ding some hiking there soon.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Please write a letter to help save the Mattole Forest.

Please write a letter to help save the Mattole Forest. 450 million dollars has become available for forest and wildlife conservation, thanks to the passage of Proposition 84. Please ask the California Wildlife Conservation Board to use some of this money to purchase Pacific Lumber Company’s Mattole River property. P.L. owns about 18,000 acres in the Mattole River Watershed. This includes around 2,000 acres of oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest.

Write to:

Wildlife Conservation Board

John P Donnelly, Interim Executive Director

1807 13th Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-8448
Fax (916) 323-0280

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Subject My first forest action: re-supply for Julia Butterfly

My first forest action was a re-supply hike to the Luna tree-sit, in Sept. 1998, where Julia "Butterfly" Hill was sitting in the ancient redwood tree "Luna". Julia went on to become world famous for sitting in Luna for almost two years, without ever coming down to touch the ground. She finally came down after reaching an agreement with the Pacific Lumber Company to save Luna. She then wrote a best-selling book: The Legacy of Luna. In early 1999, I was tree-sitting on Gypsy Mountain and would listen on my walkie-talky to Juliia talking to her visitors from around the world. Gypsy Mountain and Luna were not too far apart, as the crow flies. When I had an accident, and broke my back while repelling from the Stop-sign tree-sit, Julia climbed to the tip-top of Luna to talk to me on the walkie-talky, while I was laying immobile, waiting for rescuers to arrive.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

About Forest Defense

Sometimes we have action camps, where people learn about what the timber companies are doing in the forest and we have trainings in backwoods techniques, non-violence, climbing, and media. Some activists come from far places because they have heard that ancient trees are still falling, and endangered species habitat is being destroyed. Some forest defenders are local residents who are fed up with unsustainable logging practices. Some are traveling through and decide to get involved after hearing about us. Once activists are trained, they form into affinity groups that plan actions. There are town actions, backwoods actions, and gate actions. Some backwoods actions are tree-sitting, road-blockading, and free-stating. Tree-sitting invoves setting a climbing rope and some place to sleep, such as aplywood platform, cargo net, or dream-catcher made of parachute cord.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Canopy Occupations Continue in Freshwater and Nanning Creek

Tree-sitters continue to protect old-growth redwood trees by occupying tree-villages in Northern and Southern Humboldt. In southern Humboldt, forest defenders have been sitting in the ancient redwood "Spooner", in the Nanning Creek watershed, for about a year. It is one of the largest trees that activists have seen. They recently reported that Pacific Lumber Co. has resumed cutting of old-growth trees near the tree village. Their website is In Northern Humboldt, the Fern Gully Tree Village in the Freshwater Creek watershed is entering it's fourth year.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Mattole Forest Needs Protection

Thousands of acres of old-growth douglas fir forest are still at risk of being logged by the Pacific Lumber Company.This unique ecosystem is home to several threatened and endangered species.In the past ,some of the tactics activists have used to protest logging in this area are tree-sitting, road blockading, worker outreach, rallies, banner hanging, and creating a free-state. Much of the logging occurs on very steep slopes, causing erosion and silting of streams, which destroys salmon habitat.

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