I'm sorry, but I think you are totally off-base on this. While I would agree that "many" people may lack access or computers, it is a relatively small percentage to what it was only 5 years ago. Computers are virtually everywhere today and while I have no quantitative data on Eureka computer ownership & use, it is way over 85-90% today (and WAY over 2% world-wide). The only people who really have NO access to computers or the Internet locally don't WANT computers or the Internet (in other words, they CHOOSE to remain unconnected). In almost every library, coffeehouse and public school there are free computers with Internet access. I'll bet you that many (most?) of the folks you cite as having no computer & Internet access have a big-screen TV and cable, so I argue it's not a matter of economics but rather choice.
We have a highly literate and educated population on the Northcoast (compared to neighboring counties and the State as a whole) and people are far more Internet-savvy here than anywhere in the country. The knowledge to use the Internet is no longer a high-tech sophisticated mystery - it's point-and-click simplicity. While I can agree that class-based differences exist today everywhere, the Internet is not one of them, in my opinion. If anything, the Internet has helped level the playing field more than any single social change in the past 50 years. That's MY experience.
In 2007-08 my son and I built a treehouse as his "coming of age" project (in lieu of a bar mitzvah) in two large Doug Fir trees. It's the engineering of the foundation (in other words - the floor) that makes the treehouse - all the rest is general construction. You need to provide for tree growth & sway in winter winds - a critical detail. I love the work of Peter Nelson and visited his "Treesort" in Cave Junction, Or. I would love to see a book on the treehouses of the Northcoast some day. I bet there are some really unique structures out there.
Ms. Hamann, suggests that the issues around the Timber Harvest Plans (THP) of Green Diamond are all but resolved at this time due to the foresight and goodwill of Green Diamond company. Ms. Hamann interviewed the principal parties: Green Diamond, The Trust for Public Lands, the Yurok Tribe and local forest activists, therefore we assume that all parties have been heard in this dialog. Unfortunately, this issue is far from resolved and our group, concerned Trinidad residents, have yet to be heard in this important discussion that affects us in our back yard.
The fact that Green Diamond had plans for five separate THPs that virtually ring Strawberry Rock is a fact that local citizens were unaware of until relatively recently, otherwise they would have demanded public hearings on the matter. Until forest activists began tree sitting, the citizens of Trinidad were ignorant to the fact that Green Diamond already had CDF approval on five THPs and set in motion a conservation plan that had no public input whatsoever. At least in the McKay tract negotiations there has been public input for the past two years to develop a comprehensive community conservation plan.
As a result of the effort of forest activists, the citizens of Trinidad have become informed of Green Diamond’s clear-cutting plans and, as a result, have organized a citizen’s action group called the Trinidad Community Forest Coalition. We have some concerns that have yet to be addressed. As a group we’ve met with a representative of Green Diamond and expressed our concerns. We commend Green Diamond for its conservation easement proposal for Strawberry Rock, the hiking trail and the 27-acre set-aside – this is a community-minded effort that demonstrates the company’s interest in conserving a valuable community asset. On the other hand, we believe that further conservation efforts are possible and we wish to discuss these options with the company. The Yurok tribe has indicated that this is “a spiritual place with deep cultural significance” and elders of the Trinidad Rancheria have indicated that this has historically been a place of “women’s medicine” worthy of protection.
While Strawberry Rock may not be a pristine forest like the McKay tract, it deserves as much effort to save it by the communities of the Northcoast who love this natural & spiritual landmark. At this time we urge Green Diamond, the Trust for Public Lands, the Yurok Tribe and other interested parties to have an open public discussion on the fate of this precious gem of the Northcoast in the hope that we can create a community forest – a natural asset preserved for our children’s children.
Larry Goldberg, Trinidad
Jan & Jack West, Trinidad
Clarence Goldberg, Trinidad
Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, Trinidad
Jeff Musgrave, Trinidad
Leslie Zondervan-Droz, Trinidad
Eileen Kitayama, Arcata
Bill Nelson & Martha Davis, Trinidad
Elliot Levin, Trinidad
In Print This Week:
Aug 14, 2014
vol XXV issue 33
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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