Good news for Eureka salmon, spotted owls
The environment-rich Ryan Creek watershed may get its death sentence commuted in a deal that would protect forest and fish habitat by ditching most development plans.
The Times-Standard reports that logging company Green Diamond is working with the Trust for Public Land on a plan that could keep the area that borders the City of Eureka in timber production and create a community forest rather than subdivide it. A smaller portion could be retained for development.
Depending on the way the forest is managed, it appears to be an idea that everyone could support.
But it does touch on a hot button issue that still simmers in Humboldt County politics — whether development has a greater impact on fish populations than logging. The Humboldt Herald agrees with Fish and Game on this one:
”I would say the damage to fisheries by most timber harvest activities is slight compared to subdivision,” [Fish and Game Senior Biologist Scott] Downie said.
And though it’s not mentioned in the article, the area has been a focal point of protest and civil disobedience for the past two years and would no doubt have been clear-cut in preparation for development if not for the efforts of local activists.