February 6, 2002 Alert
from the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE!
PACIFIC LUMBER YANKS PROPOSAL TO LOG IN ALLEN
Pacific Lumber has pulled their logging plan (THP
1-01-352 HUM) for Allen Creek, one of 13 Marbled Murrelet
Conservation Areas put off limits to logging for a period of 50 years in agreements contained in the Headwaters Deal. Flying in the face of the 50-year prohibition, PL was attempting to use their own creative interpretations of the
Deal's Habitat Conservation Plan to claim the
logging could be allowed.
The contract between Pacific Lumber and the state
of California for the release of money authorized as part of the Headwaters Deal clearly prohibits any kind of logging within the 13 Marbled Murrelet Conservation Areas for the 50 year period. PL even put forth the preposterous claim that their logging operation would "improve"
The public and environmental organizations
responded with a flood of calls and letters to agencies, particularly the California Dept of Forestry, responsible for review of all Timber Harvest Plans. In fact, last night, the Berkeley City Council passed a strongly worded
resolution opposing the proposed logging and committed to send letters about the plan to CDF and the Governor.
PL's director of government relations offered that the withdrawal of the plan comes
"as much from the political and emotional (sic)
response to the plan as it does from scientific concerns." However, the scientists were not with Pacific Lumber on this one, except for their own hired guns.
Some of those who were instrumental in crafting
the Headwaters Deal were also dismayed by the proposal. Sen. Byron Sher had communicated with the CDF, urging them to deny the plan, and the state Fish and Game and federal Fish and Wildlife Service had weighed in with their
Thank you for all you letters! It makes a difference!
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
2530 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, California 94702
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