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Mendocino Redwoods comes a courtin’

MRC_message Mendocino Redwood Co. will hold three “town hall meetings” in Fortuna and Eureka to present its plan of reorganization for the bankrupt Pacific Lumber Company.

A full-page ad in Sunday’s Eureka Reporter invites the public to the meetings which will be held March 15th and March 18th (click image for details).

Second district supervisor candidate Estelle Fennell says the MRC plan is one of “two potential deals … providing promising alternatives that would bring a long-term focus to management of PL lands. That means long-term benefits to the community, stabilizing forest jobs and stabilizing the economy.”

The ad highlights MRC’s focus on the Scotia Mill, which another 2nd Dist. supervisor candidate, Clif Clendenen, says “needs to be successful for the long term since it also fulfills the needs of many small landowners in the county.”

  1. thorn
    March 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    just hope we “won’t get fooled again” the way too many folks were fooled by the headwaters deal / hcp where we bought mostly stumps and left maxxscam/horrificplunder with plenty of old-growth to log, and new ways to get around the endangered species act to do it. the results on rainbow ridge alone were quite atrocious.

  2. Anonymous
    March 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Well, you have to ponder the facts that:
    1) the damage has been done (mostly);
    2) the HCP stands no matter who buys the land;
    3) we’ve all learned a lot over the past 20 years;
    4) MRC is going to have to contend with all of the above.

    Not to mention that MRC has surely learned a lot too, since buying the hacked over L-P land. If an entity already in the timber industry–suggesting that they know what they are getting into–has a way to make it work financially while taking care of the many damaged watersheds, well that might work out ok. I’m sure MRC knows plenty about TMDLs, threatened and impaired waterbodies, etc. And they know a bit about restoration, road decommissioning, etc.

  3. Anonymous
    March 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I thought you guys hated mendocino redwood? Isn’t that the “GAP” family?

  4. March 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    While better than Maxxam to a degree, there are major public concerns about MRC’s rate of logging and practices in watersheds like the Albion River.

    Though the info they’ve released is minimal, the community forestry model involving the Nature Conservancy looks like it may be the best alternative for the environment so far but I think they only have a chance if the land goes up for auction.

    The goals of the majority of forest defenders that I work with is an end to the following practices; old-growth logging, clearcutting, logging on steep and unstable slopes, herbicide use.

    When it comes down to it, I think most forest defenders are holding their position, doing their thing, and are waiting and watching. I’m pretty sure that anyone who tries to log Old-Growth trees on these lands is liable to end up with a case of the tree-sitters.

  5. thorn
    March 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    treesitters, who unfortunately have succeeded in saving only about a dozen old growth trees in as many years, while maxxscam had no problem going about their business in cutting down the thousands of old growth trees around them?

    don’t get me wrong, i think their efforts are heroic and i’m glad trees like “luna” and “jerry,” and a handful of others, have been saved, but i wouldn’t count on the “forest defenders” and their treesits to fend off further cutting of old growth trees. we’d better have a lot more strategies than just that one in mind, folks.

  6. The Monitor
    March 10, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Anyone out there researched MR’s history? Albion was mentioned but no details.


  7. March 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Thorn- I was using tree-sitters as a catch-all phrase, sorry for the gross oversimplification.

    Where did you get that number of trees saved by tree-sits? I didn’t realize it was so clear, thought it was pretty nebulous.

    I’m aware of of 12 or 13 old-growth trees in one spot that are part of a large contiguous old-growth stand that would have been logged had it not been for tree-sits. I don’t think you counted those ones.

    Tree-sitting isn’t really a strategy, it’s a tactic. And you’re right- to be successful, forest defenders need strategies that employ a variety of evolving tactics. Believe it or not, some of us actually do things besides tree-sitting.

    see- http://mattolewild.blogspot.com

    I think that the combined effect of many different types of activism, including tree-sitting, has led to the preservation of places such as Headwaters Grove.

    To say that PL had “no problem” cutting down tree’s that were unoccupied is historically inaccurate. Brings to mind countless road blockades, lawsuits, occupied logging sites, etc.

    Thorn, I don’t know who you are but I hope “we” come up with something good if/when the need arises.

  8. kaivalya
    March 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    And by “MRC” you DON’T mean Mattole Restoration Council, which is commonly referred to as “the MRC”.

    Leave it to Heraldo to keep things clear.

  9. Anonymous
    March 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    One would think that the heading Mendocino Redwood Comesa Courtin would be a dead giveaway. The first sentence too. Oh well, not everyone reads before they comment.

  10. kaivalya
    March 10, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    That would be MRCC, wouldn’t it? Or MRC(r) …

    No I don’t like reading this blog really, too many PITA anonymees contaminating the pond. I mean, you aren’t actually looking for someone saying something smart, here?

  11. Anonymous
    March 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Certainly not you since you jumped in and made your sarcastic comment about Heraldo keeping things clear without reading the heading or body of the thread topic.

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