The fate of a ballot-box victory that would effectively end the practice of industrial-scale tree-poisoning in Mendocino County hangs in the balance.
Although Oct. 22 is the deadline for Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC) to file for an injunction against Measure V, the "hack and squirt" ballot measure, one well-placed source has told Forests Forever that MRC is expected to file a legal action after that date, challenging the measure.
"Hack and squirt" is a forestry procedure in which a worker chops or saws an incision into the bark of a tree and applies herbicide to the open wound, killing the tree.
Forests Forever earlier this year joined citizen activists in Mendocino County and gathered the necessary signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, then promoted the initiative and organized get-out-the-vote efforts on election day. On June 7 the voters approved Measure V on an overwhelming 63 percent yes vote!
Since then, however, MRC has dragged its feet. Despite the vote's strong expression of public opinion against the tree-poisoning practice, MRC recently made it known that it continues to use hack-and-squirt on its holdings, which total some 227,000 acres in Mendocino and Sonoma counties.
It's time to turn up the heat on MRC! Please write a letter to one or more North Coast newspapers today and tell them you expect to see MRC obey the will of the people and comply with Measure V!