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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Nanning Raid Update/PL Violations of Murrelet Protections?

Eric Shatz was one of the raiders cutting down platforms, traverses and living spaces with gas powered chainsaws in Marbled Murrlete habitat during Murrlete protection season. This has been verified by experienced activists. No (loud)work should be done by PL during this protection season. Not only did they disturb the wildlife, they also dumped our contained food stores all over the forest floor. This is a BIG taboo for sitters, we compost all food scraps, we avoid feeding wildlife because corvids such as Grey Jays and Crows attack nesting birds. Corvids are attracted by garbage and human scraps. The raiders also left the equipment they did not steal such as sleeping bags, blankets, ropes and other non-biodegradable items scattered throughout the woods.Forest defenders were away from Nanning this summer for a number of reasons. We felt that the grove was safe due to the Murrlete restrictions. We felt that our presence, even at a bare minimun, was not ethical. If we were in the canopy during the summer, we may have discouraged nesting Murrletes...contradicting our hard work to protect this habitat. We run a tight ship in regards to "leaving only footprints" in the woods. Yes, it is more than obvious who's property we are on. However, we were really surprized at the lack of respect that Eric Shatz and his crew has for the forest and wildlife. We hope that you will answer the call to help us, to hold PL accountable for their actions, and to support the effort to protect Nanning Creek.

As of Wednesday, September 12th, PL continues to harass sitters from the ground, as well as maintain a security presence at entrances to the Nanning sit. Please use caution if you attempt to enter the sit. Call Humboldt Forest Defense for more information.


Marin Dan said...

I understand they cut your stuff from the trees, but it is still yours. You brought it into the forest and you need to clean it up and take it out. By the way, composting will still attract jays. Ever see them on the ground rooting worms and grubs. They love it.

Sorry for your loss, but you know how I feel about trespass, and the amazing amount of extra time you are giving this tree "spooner" while Douglas-fir trees just over the mountain are hitting the ground so big they need special processing just to get one log onto a truck. One load loads as you describe and another page tates some are even bigger than the trucks and need cut down to fit on the racks. Too bad the trek is too much for you guys to handle, or it is that SPI would already has you in jail?

Sounds like PALCO is too easy on their trespassers.

Spooner Treesit said...

Yes Dan, I agree that the mess is our responsibility to clean up. I feel it shows the lack of regard PL employees have for the forest. We clean up trash all the time from PL employees, squatters, hikers, etc.,not just our neck of the woods, but individually everywhere in Humboldt County. If they had left the removed sit in a central area, we could have addressed the issue more immediately and completely. The site continues to be cleaned up, including microtrash and compost. Those grey jays and other creatures recieved a free meal, due to the actions of PL. Of course, if we were not there, there would be no food or chance of our imposition on the environment. Then again, if we were not there, the trees would not be there.

PL is not the only corporation raping our county and local environment. This has been stated on multiple local Forest Activist blogs. Look out Green Dimescam(I made that one up myself), look out SPI(still brainstorming their forest name),...Humboldt Forest Defense is growing, with the future ability to address the destruction of our forests on multiple fronts besides the fight against PL. Would you like to help us, Dan? You sound extremely knowledgeable on the subject of forest plundering. I can tell it bothers you also to see one log trucks on the 101.

Thank you for your condolances on our loss, but "We built this city...we built this city on truckers rope". Nanning sit is bigger than ever. Sometimes the phoenix can rise from the ashes. This is comparable both to the Nanning sit and the entire forest defense movement. This is happening because it needs to happen, this is the eleventh hour for MAXXAM, and hopefully a new beginning for PL. Stay tuned...

Anonymous said...

one note, its marbled murrelet. rock on.


Oops! Thanks!

Forest Defender said...

Marin Dan works for PALCO. His ISP address is Pacific Lumber in Scotia. His comments come from there during regular work hours. See comments on my blog at


I hope that doesn't discourage Marin Dan, I personally love his writings. It is good to have a balance between the lumber industry and environmentalists, and I always look forward to reading his comments, even if I don't agree with all of them.

However, it is important to aknowledge the fact that PL is interested in our recent actions, blogs, etc. We must maintain a culture of security, on the ground, in the trees, and especially on the web.

Then again, maybe Dan sympathizes with what has been stripped from our local forests as well as what Maxxam stripped from PL. Hope you didn't get him in trouble, Forest Defender. He may have been a useful connection...

John Doe #86 said...

That guy?! Here's one of his first comments under that alias.

Marin Dan said...
I just laugh at the fact that the peace loving activist like to pick on the little boy [PALCO] when there are huge companies having their way with the forests. Some companies I see record more acres harvested than PALCO owns on all of its lands. It is as if they logged all of PALCO every year. Anyone Anyone???? Do these companies have a habitat conservation plan? NO! Do they harvest with as many set asides? NO! As a teacher we try and teach students to analyze the facts and make proper deductions from them. This does not seem to be happening here. Or, maybe it is the fact that PALCO is just a short bus ride from Arcata? No pun intended about the short bus.

Mercy mercy mercy, you have them where you want them! However, I hope someone like Sierra Pacific Industries buys them out so everyone can see just what it means to have liquidation harvesting. Hell, Sierra Pacific Industries has another mill right there to help mill it all up for your house and deck. Maybe Weyerhaeuser can show California how it is really done. MAXXAM has owned the company for over 20 years. That’s not liquidation harvesting, or do they just suck at it? No you cannot take credit for it forest defenders because so far I do not see you have been too successful. It looks like you need more credibility before you can persevere.

Maybe you all were not thinking about this during the “lets save a tree era” but the real possibility is that a large company will take over and liquidate the forests to pay for the “PALCO” they just purchased. Isn’t that what Sierra Pacific has done several times in the past? Isn’t that what happened to Arcata Redwood Company by Simpson?

Do I want to see that happen? NO! But, I am also willing to see it happen on that small 200,000 acres so you all will open your shut eyes and take a look at these other people who do way worse on way more acres. Hell, some of them own a million plus acres and we hear nothing but a little dribble about there harvest. OOOOOOH! The forest defenders wrote an article about the Wind Mill THP that is near the ocean on Sierra Pacific Industries land. Am I mistaken or shouldn’t there be a dozen or more tree sitters in that plan? Shouldn’t they have gone to it when it was first thought marbled murrelets might be living there by the wildlife guys? Where is your direct action groups and why haven’t they stopped the logging of the individual old growth trees that are not in areas awaiting release? Isn’t that what goes on with PALCO harvest permits? My understand from your article and another is that some places they started logging, including “one log loads” of old growth and other areas are even better that surveys are being done on. Shouldn’t you be climbing and not writing or is that someone else’s job?

I do not understand. It seems hypocritical to focus on one company and not the issues when you claim is that it’s about the environment (again, one issue, even if complex). Really, the environment? I dot not think so! See it is about PALCO, or you would have as much direct action and protest at the Anderson office of Sierra Pacific, as you have at the Scotia office of PALCO. Hey, what about the old growth sugar pine being cut by the companies to the east? Why haven’t you protested its harvest? Why not focus on landowners without habitat conservation plans geared directly towards their lands? Too many questions about your real motives here.

I recently heard a representative of two conservation groups (TNC included) report that the redwoods are some of the most protected ecosystems in the US and they were turning their attention away from conservation of redwoods and towards more deserving ecosystems in peril. If that’s the case, then why all the fuss on PALCO permits? They actually have mini-reserves of old growth on their lands already. To say it is a MAXXAM issue is crap. Yeah, MAXXAM owns them and they have for over 20 years. Get over it! The owners of Green Diamond are in Washington and no it isn’t a family business!

What about Green Scam (Green Diamond) and the clear cut harvest of the Klamath? That place is amazing and I see little if any complaint about what they do. Most of their clear cuts are at the limit of the rules or over with a special excuse for why they have to cut more than what is allowed. Are you in those trees? Why not?

In one conversation you tell me PALCO has screwed the world, and in another I am told they have the last unscrewed land and no focus is on the other timber companies because there is nothing to save there. Come on! Do you buddies even believe you when you say that? Green Diamond has nothing to save? They own the old Arcata Redwood! Yeah, I have been doing a lot of research on this because I get tired of lies. Sierra Pacific Industries has nothing to save locally! I got to see some of their clear cuts while touring PALCO. What a shame. Those big stumps must have been not worthy of your attention. I think the plan I saw was all old growth they logged. There wasn’t a stump smaller than a meter across as we drove by, same with Green Diamond in the Klamath.

Shame shame shame on you all! I guess those trees are too far from home to save?

I had to delete my last post just because it wasn’t strong enough. These are my feelings and I expect no one else to share them, but I also see nothing reported here or elsewhere that would require or prompt me to change my views on this issue. I hate hypocrites that hide behind a cause and hide behind a lie for another less attractive agenda item. Sorry if I offend anyone. It really is not my intention to do so.

8/08/2007 11:39:00 AM

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