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Earth First! Blocks Sierra Pacific Logging Truck at Manila Sawmill

[Press Release] – Manila, Ca. – 30 Earth First! activists protesting Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) logging practices rallied peacefully outside the gates of SPI’s Arcata mill on Monday, demanding a stop to the company’s logging of old-growth.

“We’re here to expose SPI’s destructive logging” said Jeremy Jensen. “They claim to be sustainable under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative label but SPI intensively clear-cuts and logs old-growth forests all over California.”

Demonstrators blocked the logging truck entrance to the mill, holding banners reading “SFI is a scam” and “Stop old-growth logging.” They stood in front of a truck trying to enter the mill, disrupting logging traffic for half an hour.

In addition, three activists delivered a list of demands directly to the administration office at the mill stating in part that EF! Humboldt wants “Sustainable, light, selection logging, restoration of wildlife habitat and a rate of harvest that restores rather than depletes the forest.”

Earlier in the day, an activist was handcuffed and detained by police in Arcata while hanging a banner on an overpass that read “Sierra Pacific Logs Old-growth”. He was later released with a warning.

The activists cite two examples of SPI’s clear-cutting and old-growth logging plans in Humboldt County. One, a 245 acre logging plan in the Mattole River and Bear River watersheds, and another in Redwood Creek totaling 241 acres. Click here for photos of threatened old-growth trees.

In the 21st century the remaining old growth forests have incalculable value and these private timber corporations are stealing them from under our noses. Forests like this need to be protected, and clear-cut logging needs to stop,” said Elise Gerhart.

The SPI timber company owns 1.9 million acres, making it the second largest private landowner in North America. The bulk of this land lies in the forests of northern California. The company’s logging practices are certified sustainable by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

SFI is one of the largest certifiers of logging operations in the country. It was originally created by the American Pulp & Paper Association. For more information click here,

Earth First! is an international movement dedicated to using direct action to protect threatened ecosystems from runaway resource extraction.

More photos at the Earth First! Humboldt flickr page.

  1. August 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Old growth? When does something become old, or even old growth? Would you and I become “Old growth” because we are 50+?

  2. Just Watchin
    August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The truck driver should have run them over….

  3. August 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I didn’t know about the blockade, or I would have joined in. The many, many, logging trucks are just rollin-on by here on Hwy. 36 – logging just east of me – devastating! Then, mid Sept. to mid Nov., gravel mining happens . . . to keep Hwy. 36 (and others) well paved for the logging trucks! It’s a vicious cycle! The alleged Supes. gave the go-ahead last summer to, if I remember correctly, a ten year contract for gravel mining just east of me on the Van Duzen. The spot has a small ‘State Park’ sign??? and this is where the trees are being murdered. There’s gravel mining on two places on the Van Duzen (that I know of) – both close by.
    Someone recently told me that Sierra Pacific bought acres from Banana Republic Clothing, a/k/a (so-called) Humboldt Lumber Co. LLC. I wasn’t aware of this.

  4. SNaFU
    August 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    The only good tree is a stump! Timberrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Shunka's Revenge
    August 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!! Oh, too funny. Guess what I did on my summer vacation?

  6. Mitch
    August 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Heraldo lives!

  7. August 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    “Limps” might be a better description.

  8. Ponder z
    August 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Well this is just sad. A bunch of stoners on the dole of enviormentalist organizations. Losers! Assclowns! This timber is harvested by plan on private land. So fuck you, protesters. Go protest what Obama is doing.

  9. August 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Go protest what Obama is doing. .

    They won’t.

  10. bye bye
    August 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    It’s official. The trolls have taken over the blog. The ditto heads are talking to each other. They think they are making a statement – but who is listening anymore? The smart ones have left HH, leaving the stupid ones to spew, and then sweep up each others’ boring BS.

  11. Bolithio
    August 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Take a look at the log truck in the background. That guy makes a living wage by driving. So EF! Is effective in that they are hurting people who work in the industry. Thing is, that guy isn’t the 1% – not even close. Secondly, one old growth log would take an entire truck, or even split in two in the old days. Those logs are not even close to old growth, and it is unlikely any of the logs they are receiving are.

    If ef wants light selection logging, they should start a logging company and try it. Or, if they really, really wanted to stop environmental atrocities, we would see them taking action where old grow is being destroyed, forests are actually be de-forested, and no human rights or environmental laws exist. E.g central and south America.

  12. What Now
    August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Bye Bye, it appears that one ditto-head is makeing many of the posts, based on the same avatar appearing over and over.
    “Living wages”-if that particular industry hadn’t set-out to cut everything more than 4 inches in diameter in the 60’s and 70’s there would still be plenty of decent jobs in the field, not a hand full of beligerent brain dead numnuts urgeing on the complete asphalifcation of the entire planet with weak and specious arguments.

  13. firesidechet
    August 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Sierra Pacific mills logs that are brought to them by local landowners. Any tree over 400 years old is old growth. Mostly of what you will see these days is going to be fir. It seems to me that the older trees should probably be left alone. It would be nice if the landowners could be paid a one time fair market value to leave them standing, but that’s not going to happen.

  14. 713
    August 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t believe that mill is set up to process old growth redwood. They’re too big.

  15. Paul Bunyon
    August 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    There are no mills set up for old growth redwood anymore. These logs are likely doug fir, which is what sierra pacific processes out there in Manila. And what the heck is old growth fir, anyway? Next up for saving; old growth Spruce!!! Or better yet, old growth Alder!! Wait, wait, Old Growth Eucalyptus!!!

  16. Jim Lewis
    August 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Cut everything, we need the money. Then we can help busting those growers, there’s thousands in Hum.

  17. Gil Yule
    August 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Being retired after 40 years in the timber industry where my job, in part, was determining old growth timber from second growth I must wonder what the protesters criteria is in determining what is old. It’s not always so
    “clear cut”…ho-ho.

  18. August 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Ponder z,
    “I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are a daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of the owners or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    How’s that foot taste?

  19. Humbiz
    August 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The only real old growth logs going into that mill are being cut in Hoopa, but those are harvested under FSC certification so it must be okay

  20. Duh
    August 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I would have been there to protest but I was murdering the blades of grass in my backyard.

  21. August 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Bolithio :
    Take a look at the log truck in the background. That guy makes a living wage by driving. So EF! Is effective in that they are hurting people who work in the industry. Thing is, that guy isn’t the 1% – not even close. Secondly, one old growth log would take an entire truck, or even split in two in the old days. Those logs are not even close to old growth, and it is unlikely any of the logs they are receiving are.
    If ef wants light selection logging, they should start a logging company and try it. Or, if they really, really wanted to stop environmental atrocities, we would see them taking action where old grow is being destroyed, forests are actually be de-forested, and no human rights or environmental laws exist. E.g central and south America.

    1.We moved out of his way after about half an hour. In the meantime he ate his lunch.

    2. It wasn’t about the one log truck.

    3. There are light selection logging management plans as you must be aware, being part of the industry.

    4. Old-growth forests are being destroyed by Sierra Pacific right here in California.

  22. August 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

    DUH (how fitting),
    You like the taste of foot too.
    You can’t put sense into a fool’s brain.
    Roll on over and go back to sleep.

  23. What Now
    August 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Farmer, thank you for your post and thank you for your good works.

  24. bill boitano
    August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    SPI DOES DESTROY OLD GROWTH BUT THEY ALSO TAKE YOUNG TREES SO THERE IS NO FUTURE FOREST

  25. Maggie Fleetfoot
    August 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve been trying to find the Thomas Jefferson quote posted by Forest Queen. Can’t find it. I did, however, find this quote from Mr. Jefferson:

    “We must use a good deal of economy in our wood, never cutting down new, where we can make the old do.” Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Bacon, December 8, 1806.

  26. Black-Flag
    August 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Not this again…

  27. Farmer
    August 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Black-Flag :
    Not this again…

    That’s what I’m saying.

  28. Jerrys Kid
    August 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I have worked at this mill in Arcata for 15 years and the size and quality of our logs have fallen each year..Long gone are the days of big timber. Im not tryin to justify nothing but when we do cut the big pumpkin logs(which is mabe once every 3 months..Mabe!!) there usually rotten crolls and we have too do alot just too get a good cutting..And if your listing Earthfirst ..We get up at 3:50 every morning to feed our familys and pay taxes so you can shop at Winco at the 1st of everymonth so dont hate on the workin man..I dont belive in clear cutting or destroying our planet just to make a buck either and by all means it is your god given American right to hold up your paper sign that came from the same “old growth” tree your protesting to let eveybody know you have nothing better too do with your day.Just dont stand in front off a mans paycheck..Just too give you a heads up some of them old truckdrivers where around during the PL days and might not stop.. And the word “Old Growth” was coined from your four fathers in the 80s and early 90s during the PL days. Can ya be a little original..FYI i have never seen one redwood log ever inside the gates of SPI.So if your feeling frogy Earthfirst.. pack up the bong and the gronola and lets dance..Dont make me dust off my” Earth First!! Log the other planets later” shirt..lol

  29. Rob
    August 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Earth First is a crappy subhuman existence, we should run them over with our trucks. I’ll spit in they’re faces.

  30. August 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Rob
    Any PERSON that spits in My face better be prepared to meet their maker – it’s a reflex. I didn’t realize that you are so superior, should we all bow down to you, or what? Who granted you the authority to pass judgment? Evidence for your claim as being superior – cough it up.
    I’m curious, are you trolls receiving doll hairs to post such low-life, low frequency, dense tone, remarks – as infiltrators? Or are you actually just that ignorant – willful lack of education. Arguing amongst ourselves while the planet is being turned into a gigantic pit of fertilizer is slave mentality.

  31. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I wonder who decided you can pass judgement on timber workers?
    You talk about lack of education, Like the load of old growth logs on that truck?
    Are you sure its old growth???? hmmm
    Ignorant is correct , but who`s really the ignorant one??????
    If your going to protest , at least have some respect for the man who`s just trying to do his job.

  32. August 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    @Anonymous,
    I didn’t mention old growth or timber ‘workers.’ Who are you posting to?
    Respect for the males just “doing their ‘JOB.’ Sure, I think it’s just great to needlessly remove all of the trees with the brain not engaged . . . then Northern California can be just like the rest of the States – desert.

  33. forest king
    August 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    now we just protest anything? big trees small trees where does this stop at?
    we need timber products!
    if you really think you can solve the worlds problems, then figure out how to do things with out the use of timber products.
    timber products are used in just about everything you and i do every day.

  34. norm
    August 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    if you all want to protest/// go to hoopa where the old trees are coming from,
    see how long you last there????
    lol lol

  35. steak n eggs
    August 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Humboldt county annually produces a new brood of uneducated and cluless activists ready and willing to protest anything. More amusing is how seriously they take themselves while the policy makers and majority of taxpayers yawn and roll their eyes. Thank you Heraldo for getting your future sheep some publicity…its great stuff!

  36. Just Watchin
    August 14, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Forest Queen :RobAny PERSON that spits in My face better be prepared to meet their maker
    I’ve seen these exchanges hit the gutter, but never seen an actual death threat. Someone should forward to the local authorities.

  37. August 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Not a threat, a promise. I said that it would be a reflex. Obviously you don’t know who you are. “Someone should . . .” why not you? Put your action where your mouth is. If you can’t follow through . . .you’re words are useless.
    Done with this thread.

  38. Just Watchin
    August 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Wrong…..this thread is done with you…..

  39. Farmer
    August 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    If there are hardly any oldgrowth logs going through the mill than it seems like it would be easy for SPI to just stop logging them all together.

    Forest Queen does not represent Earth First!. We don’t retaliate, but we also don’t stop.

    I was involved back in the 90’s too and remember what Maxxam did to this county, so lets talk. It’s not over. SPI doesn’t give a rats ass about job security for their workers.

    Clear-cutting is unneccesary and so is oldgrowth logging. We want the forest to be healthy for all of our benefits. Part of why we were protesting is because SPI has upcoming oldgrowth logging pans in Bear River and the Mattole. It’s not just Hoopa, but those logs from Hoopa are a great example of what SPI may be cutting once again in the near future.

  40. August 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Farmer,
    I did NOT post that I represent Earth First! What I DID post was that I’d be there for support, STANDING in silence – as is my right – non-negotiable. I’ve also worn the Earth First! bright orange vests while at the Grove. I do appreciate your informative posts. Earth First! people, as I understand them, are much more physically involved than I care to be.
    And, I requested to be deleted from these emails – twice.

  41. August 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    @Maggie Fleetfoot,
    I found where I got the Thomas Jefferson quote from: goodreads.com/author/quotes/1673. Thomas_Jefferson

  42. August 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Farmer, for the sake of conversation, what do you mean by ‘old growth’? – specifically for the upcoming SPI plans. Whats at stake?

    Also, how do you know clearcutting is unnecessary? I mean, is it a gut feeling? Or are you considering things like historic disturbance regimes or the removal of the fire climate from western forests?

  43. Farmer
    August 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    SPI is about to log residual oldgrowth Douglas Fir in the Mattole and Bear River. These trees are around 150 to 200 by our estimates. Trees in that picture from their log deck are several hundred years old. In the Mattole, 150 years old is the figure people have been using. Check out the Mattole PTEIR, it also prohibits clearcutting.

    Clearcutting is proved to be unneccesary by the companies, organizations and individuals that practice uneven aged management, yet remain in business.

    Historically, stand replacing fires do not occur in our region on a 45 year, or even 80 year, rotation over hundreds of thousands of acres. So no, you are not mimicking natural disturbances with intensive clearcutting.

    Perhaps you were thinking of the explosion of Mt. St Helens?

  44. Anonymous
    August 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve heard that Arkley also logs large tracts of land in the Mattole headwaters.

    “Where have all the Salmon gone, long time passing….oh, when will they ever learn”.

  45. HUUFC
    August 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    SPI and even the Pacific Lumber Co. never logged a tree that somebody didn’t buy the lumber from. Glad to see them employing men and women in productive jobs. Unlike protesting.

  46. Farmer
    August 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    HUUFC :
    SPI and even the Pacific Lumber Co. never logged a tree that somebody didn’t buy the lumber from. Glad to see them employing men and women in productive jobs. Unlike protesting.

    So the over-logged, bankrupt and now non-existant Pacific Lumber employs people eh?

  47. August 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Farmer, IMO, the Matole PTEIR is unsustainable. But thats another discussion.

    You say: Clearcutting is proved to be unneccesary by the companies, organizations and individuals that practice uneven aged management, yet remain in business.

    You make a valid point. In other words, clearcutting my be economically unnecessary as a policy. I more or less agree. However i think there is still plenty of non-economic reasons to clearcut. As well as the obvious longterm economic benefits for clearcutting certain stands. Its site specific.

    I am a fan of having preserved forests as well as industrial ones. We need resources. We need unspoiled wilderness. Most activists I meet refuse to accept the strides we have taken in CA forestry/logging as ever being adequate. Meanwhile for all our efforts, mills close and the pressure of demand is offset to foreign countries. Can you not see the difference between logging then and now? Your right, logging in the 50-60s did effectively clearcut close to a hundred thousand acres in Humboldt alone. You can see 500+ acre cuts on the historic photos. No creek buffers, no consideration to road placement, etc… Now, a clearcut is general 20-30 acres, tempered by age, spatial placement, and regulated by the most comprehensive rule package (for logging) in the world!

    Im not advocated for a clearcut everything strategy for forestry. If I was a SPI or GD, I would not limit my self to only clear cutting or only selection. Why limit your tool box? In the wilderness, when a ips outbreak decimate 50 acres of timber, you let nature take its course. The trees die and eventually a fire burns them up. 200 or so years later you might have a similar stand of trees. But on the land we manage for societies use, we harvest it and replant it with the tree species that benefits us most. That is what conservation is all about.

  48. August 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Farmer says: So the over-logged, bankrupt and now non-existant Pacific Lumber employs people eh?

    Well not exactly. Actually they are called HRC, who purchased PL. They employ hundreds of people and use only selection on their 250,000 ownership. Trippy how the TOTALLY DESTROYED DESERT-SCAPE forest is currently functioning as a productive forest. Weird.

  49. Dave Kirby
    August 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The irony is that historically Douglas Fir has become an “invasive” species. Prior to the arrival of europeans to this area there were far more areas of oak grasslands with Doug Fir densities of a few trees per acre. Native Americans would maintain these food bearing areas with periodic intentional fire. That and the fact that naturally occurring fires were not suppressed kept Fir seedlings from thriving in areas where they are now the dominate species.

  50. Farmer
    August 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    bolithio :
    Your right, logging in the 50-60s did effectively clearcut close to a hundred thousand acres in Humboldt alone. You can see 500+ acre cuts on the historic photos.

    To summarize my position: We can do sustainable un-even aged management on the hundreds of thousands of already logged acres and stop logging what little remains of the rest. Leave residual Old-growth trees. Restore the wood volume and habitat by logging more slowly than the trees grow. I know you know what I mean. It’s not that complicated. One more thing, GD and SPI predominately clear-cut, it’s not just some tool in their toolbox.

    P.S. Look up strawman argument and save us both some time.

  51. August 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Some day Farmer, Im going to run into you, buy you a beer, and we’ll hash it all out.

    But to summarize my position; we are doing sustainable management on the 1.9 million acres of timberland in Humboldt County. There are over 650,000 acres of public/park lands. These are all more or less being managed with a preservation mandate. With the rest of the lands following conservation. I accept the concept of having dedicated areas where industrial logging occurs. ‘Restoring’ the forest to a pre-man condition is a unrealistic expectation for all forests. Less than a 1/3 of the timberland in the county is managed using the industrial, aggressive clear-cut model you hate so much. In the past, there was no model, and everything was cut. The balance of the lands are managed with a variety of goals. Some people are tree farmers. Some are ranchers. Some are hunters. We have diverse lands and more trees of all shapes and sizes than we know what to do with. There is no pending risk of reverting back to the old ways either. Sure its a shame we lost most of the old growth redwoods. But thankfully we have 100s of thousands of acres set a side to recover some of that.

  52. norm
    August 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    NATIONAL PARKS ARE TO MAKE SURE WE ALWAYS HAVE OLD TREE`S.
    I JUST WONDER WHEN THE END OF THIS CRAP WILL COME?.

    REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO HOME DEPOT OR MILL YARD OR SOME SORT OF PLACE LIKE THAT, JUST REMEMBER IT WASNT ALWAYS A 2X4
    YOU THATS RIGHT YOU ALL ARE THE ONE`S BUYING THESE BOARD FOR YOUR HOME`S -DECKS -GARDENS AND SO ON!
    SO THE PROBLEM IS “YOU“ NOT SIERRA PACIFIC NOT THE LOGGERS NOT THE TRUCKERS BUT “YOU“
    YOU FIX THE PROBLEM.

  53. August 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

    “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Merchants: Maxaam, Banana Republic a/k/a Humboldt Lumber Co., LLC., Sierra Pacific, Arkley.

  54. norm
    August 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    hmmmm it don`t seem to be that way now does it???

  55. jack of hearts
    September 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Forest Queen :
    Ponder z,
    “I wish I was a despot that I might save the noble, the beautiful trees that are a daily falling sacrifice to the cupidity of the owners or the necessity of the poor. The unnecessary felling of a tree, perhaps the growth of centuries, seems to me a crime little short of murder.”
    Thomas Jefferson
    How’s that foot taste?

    Taste like toe jam…..back to my Husqvarna.

  56. September 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Can the herald post the link to the photos of threatened trees as mentioned in the 6th paragraph? It says, “Click here for photos of threatened old-growth trees.” But there is not link “here.” Thanks!

    I am so grateful to courageous people who are working to stop clearcutting and logging of ancient trees and ancient ecosystems. We are losing everything. Short-sighted greed and even short-sighted survival measures can have very long-term affects. If people could come together and work together to protect the planet AND insure that we are all surviving and living in a good way NOW and for the future, that would be the goal, the answer, the way. Working class people need to UNITE, struggle TOGETHER, not fight each other. How many times are the greedy corporate agendas and CEO’s going to tell you how to think? We don’t have much time… When will people finally come together against a COMMON enemy-greed and disconnection- instead of allowing the “big boss,” who could give a shit about any of us (or our families, or our future), to divide us? It’s so pathetic in my mind that everyone in this area didn’t learn from Maxxam/PL! Talk shit about Earth First!ers until you lose your job and even the industry that you have skills in (That will be the corporate greed screwing everyone again), but at least Earth First!ers are trying to expose all the corruption and change the shitty way EVERYTHING is going down the tubes… . Figure it out now. Let’s start fighting together!

  57. norm
    September 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    there is no common ground between people who work ,and people who don`t work.
    the people who work need the resorces,the people who don`t work just need obama.

  58. Chris
    October 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Unfortunately, the uneducated dominate this site. Go get yourself an education and stop sticking your head in your own local ass and learn about the welfare of our planet. Trees are not just a comodity, and a job means nothing if they cannot be sustained (your children will be the ones to suffer from your ignorance).

  59. norm
    October 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    IM A CHILD OF A TIMBER WORKER, BUT I GUESS I DONT COUNT.
    I NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL AGAIN TO LEARN HOW TO PUT LOCAL ASS WORKERS OUT OF WORK.
    I FEEL SMARTER ALREADY.

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