Working Forest Management Plan rules challenged

In 2013 the California Legislature passed SB 904 which created a new logging plan called a Working Forest Management Plan (WFMP).  The industry-dominated Board of Forestry was required to promulgate regulations implementing the WFMP.  True to form, the Board attempted to subvert the strong environmental requirements of the legislation.  Consequently in November Environmental Protection Information Center, Coast Action Group and challenged the regulations in court.  Forest Unlimited has financially supported this suit.

Oral arguments on the case were heard in Alamedia Superior Court on Friday April 20 and members of Forest Unlimited were there.  The Atroney General’s office and a CalFire attorney defended the regulations.  Well know attorney Sharon Duggan represented our side.  Ms. Duggan is the author of Guide to the California Forest Practice Act and Related Laws, a tome used by attorneys and ordinary citizens alike to understand forestry law.

Alan Lavine, Director of Coast Action Group, said “I think we did well in Court.  Sharon Duggan was well prepared and thorough in her presentation on the issues.   The Attorney General’s Deputy was not prepared as she admitted.  Judge was very thorough and had obviously done a lot of reading and studying and was well versed on the details.”

The Judge seemed a little upset with the AG.   For example, in response to one of his cogent questions she had no response.  The judge responded “Really -that is all you have?  Your kidding !, You must have more. That is it?  Huh.”  In contrast, Sharon Duggan did a masterful job.  After viewing Sharons’s performance, Forest Unlimited’s Executive Director Rick Coates commented “It was a pleasure to watch Sharon demonstrate her well-honed skills.  I am optimistic that the judge will rule in our favor.”

We should see the final ruling a week or so.  Hopefully, the Board of Foresty will learn that it can not just do whatever it’s wants and must actually follow the law.  Given their history, we know that is a lot to ask.

Felta Creek Logging Court Dates Set

Friends of Felta Creek have challenged the approval of a logging plan 1-17-017 SON which will damage the salmon run in Felta Creek!

Please attend these court dates if you can. Showing the judge that lots of people care about protecting Felta Creek and stopping this timber harvest plan can only strengthen our case.

May 16, 3:00pm Courtroom 18, 3055 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa is the hearing to hold off timber operations.

August 17, 3:00pm Courtroom 18, 3055 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa is the main trial hearing where Friends of Felta Creek is suing CalFire for approving this THP.

April 21, 2018: Earth Day at the Neighbor Wood

Earth Day Natures’s Way

Join Forest Unlimited in celebrating Earth Day by actually doing something for Nature!

Our Urban Forestry Program will celebrate the Roseland Neighbor Wood with a cleanup of the park and Roseland Creek on Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to noon.  There is Parking at Roseland Creek School directly across from the Neighbor Wood.  Bring gloves .

June 30, 2018: Dinner Under the Redwoods

Join us for a barbecue under the redwoods!

Please join the fun at our Fifth Annual Summer Dinner under the redwoods.   Great food, lively music, awards and current forest news.  Plus a special guest: Dr. Chad Hanson, Director and Chief Ecologist of Earth Island Institute’s John Muir Project will give an informative talk .  Dr. Hanson will present information gained from his interesting research on fire ecology.   He is the author of The Ecological Importance of Mixed‐Severity Fires.

Forest Unlimited will also presenting an Environmental Activist awards to a deserving forest activist.

When:  Saturday, June 30, 2018, 3-6pm
Where:  Anderson Hall, Camp Meeker
Live music: To be determined
Food:  Wild salmon is back as well as veggies on the grill!  There will be side salads, appetizers, and desserts.
Tickets: $50 salmon/$35 veggie per person before June 1. $60 salmon/$40 veggie after June 1.  Mail check to: Forest Unlimited, PO Box 506, Forestville CA 95436.  Please write “Dinner” on the memo line
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Tickets Online: Click the “Donate”  in the sidebar.  Be sure to indicate that this is for the Annual Dinner.
Further information: call 707-887-7433 or email larryjhanson@comcast.net.
Don’t miss it.  Mark your calendar now!  This is a fundraiser for Forest Unlimited.

January 2019: 20th Annual Redwood Seedling Reforestation Project

This January, Forest Unlimited will be planting approximately 1,600 one-year old redwood seedlings for reforestation and erosion control.

The planting dates are yet to be determined.

Forest Unlimited will provide trees, all equipment and a free indoor lunch, including drinks and snacks. Vegetarian food will also be available.

If you would like participate in our January planting, please contact our Reforestation Manager, Larry Hanson at larryjhanson@comcast.net. Further information on the rendezvous location, appropriate attire, etc. will be sent to all volunteers by mid December.