I have a great deal of respect for PEER (and recently did an interview with Karen Schambach, their California coordinator, for the EcoNews Report on KHSU), but Mr. Ruch's fear that the Yurok tribe's proposal here is being moved in secret is not one I share: I first heard about this idea in I believe 2004, and Mr. Fletcher has been very upfront about it in conversations this year. Those discussions have left me feeling both that there's a lot to like about the Yurok's plan, and that the tribe is more than willing to discuss its details with conservation advocates.
Timber companies had to stop cutting the big trees Heidi, you know that sentence is completely wrong. Don't you?
For the record: there has been no protest at the Panther post-fire "salvage" timber sale up Elk Creek.
Thanks to the the Forest Service's use of a completely bogus "Emergency Situation Determination" - which means there's no stay on the logging pending appeal - and the Bush Administration's Healthy Forest Restoration Act - which makes it incredibly difficult to get an injunction against any project the USFS decides qualifies - the burned forest above Elk Creek, near the Norcross Campground and the trailhead to Bear Lake, is being logged without delay.
The logging will inevitably degrade water quality and fish habitat in Elk Creek, set back natural succession, and create another fire-trap tree plantation that the USFS will never get around to thinning.
So "Standing up" should stick to making things up.
It's important to reflect on these tensions and how they affect people. But it's also important to identify the key actors and reflect on their rhetoric, which goes far beyond putting a nasty sign in the window of the local market. This story suggests the dynamic is enviros pushing and put-upon local people reacting.
I think that's a narrative that Danielle Linders and KARE, for example, are more than happy with.
But when Ron Smith says "If you don't get up and fight KS Wild right now your children will become slaves or they will be dead!" as he did the night of Thursday, October 7 at the Applegate School, it's not hard to predict there will be consequences. I think the NC Journal has a responsibility to spotlight efforts to incite violent reaction, and not just the reactions.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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