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:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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