Action Alert: Mattole Headwaters Threatened By Logging!


Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) has proposed extensive logging in headwaters of the Upper North Fork of the Mattole. The Fox Camp THP 1-21-107-HUM is located directly adjacent to Humboldt Redwoods State Park within the ancestral territory of the Bear River Band.

The plan proposes cutting of Douglas fir and hardwood forest that has never been logged. Humboldt Redwood Company did not adequately disclose such stands inside the plan area. The plan area also contains multiple northern spotted owl (NSO) nest sites. Logging near nests will likely displace owls. This is unacceptable given that the NSO population continues to decline throughout the Pacific Northwest.


The plan will also make use of toxic herbicides including glyphosate. These herbicides are frequently used to kill hardwoods that are vital to our forests ecosystems. Hardwoods like tanoak provide nutrition for numerous prey species that are essential for NSO survival. Many of these trees will be killed and left standing which will increase the risk of and severity of wildfire. Given that the plan abuts Humboldt Redwood State Park, this is unacceptable.


Finally, the THP also proposes intensive logging and road building on unstable slopes in an area with very high seismic activity and numerous landslides. These roads will cause erosion which will cause sedimentation of rivers and creeks that are essential habitat for endangered coho salmon.


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