Letters needed now to save Rainbow Ridge

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Controversial plans to level original, primary forests at Rainbow Ridge on California's Lost Coast appear to have been temporarily halted by the recent filing of a formal complaint by local citizens and their allies.

Hanging in the balance are extensive stands of unprotected and never-logged Douglas-fir forest and fire-resistant hardwoods, grasslands and rare, pristine wildlife habitat. San Francisco-based Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) recently filed an official notice to begin logging of 1000 acres of approved Timber Harvesting Plans of the storied Rainbow Ridge area in the Mattole River watershed about 30 miles south of Eureka.

But a formal grievance filed by the Lost Coast League (LCL) challenges HRC's longstanding certification as producing "sustainably" harvested timber on Rainbow Ridge under the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC's) guidelines.

Please put the brakes on logging at Rainbow Ridge now by writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper in your area.

"The lumber-buying public believes that certified wood does not come from cutting down pimary, original forests," said LCL's Michael Evenson. "And they believe it does not come from forests that have been doused with herbicides.

"HRC is violating those norms of 'sustainable' forestry and the public doesn't yet know it."

The grievance letter has resulted in a formal audit of HRC's timber practices, to be conducted in the coming weeks by SCSGlobal Services. This delay provides the concerned public with an opportunity to point out that logging primary forests destroys irreplaceable and fast-disappearing ecosystems, impacting water quality, wildlife, susceptibility to catastrophic wildfire, and much more.

We can halt the logging of Rainbow Ridge but we need to act without delay. Your letter to the editor will help enormously in this regard.

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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

Your contribution today will help California's forests thrive!


  • Here is the full formal grievance letter filed with SCSGlobal Services.
  • Click here for a recent overview article about the fight to save Rainbow Ridge. (2/13/18)

Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
John J. Berger

from Forests Forever Foundation
and the Center for American Places