The MRC has Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) certification which creates a major misconception for the local community and conservation groups in regards to the future of our forests. It seems that a majority of concerned citizens and groups have been duped into believing that the MRC will not be harvesting Old-Growth trees on PL's disputed lands. Wishful thinking, lack of information, and blatant ignorance has created an atmosphere of believing that the lesser of the evil reorganization plans will save the last of the Ancient Trees left on our county.
So what is the lesson to be learned here? I believe that the attitude of “if you can’t beat them, join them” has infiltrated the same non-profit groups that are supposed to protect their donor’s interests and ideals. Sell outs, compromisers, and panderers are allowing the last of our precious ecosystems to be annihilated during this crucial time where our Earth has reached a critical tipping point. The FSC is one of many so-called “green” and “sustainable” non-profits that are cashing in on the newest fad of Orwellian double-speak, the same technique used by the US government to justify the Iraq war through fear and semantically altered catch phrases such as “Homeland Security“ and “War on Terrorism“.
However, in light of this deception and controversy, action is still the antidote for despair. Humboldt County, one of the birthplaces of forest activism, has been fighting for Old Growth protection for over twenty years. There are still solid and persevering tree-sits taking place right now on PL’s disputed lands. One action, Fern Gully Tree-sit Village in Freshwater, Ca, is going on strong for six years coming this October. Nanning Creek Tree-sit Village near Scotia, Ca, home of the famous “Spooner” tree, continues to safeguard some of the largest Coast Redwoods ever protected since November of 2005. And let’s not forget The Mattole, located in the Lost Coast, Ca. The Mattole is continually monitored for any sneaky attempts by PL to log the Ancient Douglas Firs that were defended by countless and dedicated activists since 1983.
Regardless of what happens to PL, and despite the fact that so many have been conned into believing that our Ancient Trees left standing on PL land will be saved by Mendocino Redwood Corporation, activists will continue to oppose PL, MRC, or any entity that claims to be “green” and “sustainable”, when in actuality they are the opposite. Actions speak louder than words, and in these current times, it seems that words are less likely to be based in reality.