There are over 13 million acres of privately-held forestlands in California. In Humboldt County alone there are nearly one million acres of privately held forestlands. The vast majority of this huge acreage is held by a few large industrial timber giants. While forest practices have greatly improved over recent years on some large industrial ownerships, other large industrial timber producers continue to cling to antiquated and highly intensive forest management practices.
Intensive forest management practices such as clearcutting, excessive road building and the application of chemical herbicides coupled with short harvest rotations depletes our forests and endangers our wildlife and watersheds. While contemporary forest practice regulations in California are among the most stringent in the nation, these regulatory schemes continue to fail at preventing large industrial landowners from depleting forest resources, damaging watersheds, and creating long-term cumulative effects that will take generations to repair.
EPIC’s Industrial Forestry Reform program works at every available level to reform and improve forest policy in California. EPIC monitors and comments on individual timber harvest proposals (Timber Harvest Plans), advocates for improved forest regulations at the state Board of Forestry, engages in forest policy-related legislation, and when all else fails, takes the fight into court.
From the ground level, to the meat-grinder of the Board of Forestry, to the halls of the legislature and the Capitol, EPIC is at the forefront of forest policy advocacy for private lands in California.
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This photo gallery is from an October 2012 overflight of Green Diamond clearcuts in their holdings in the Upper Maple Creek and Upper North Folk of the Mad River. These are Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified clearcuts.