Tree-sitters Outlast Pacific Lumber in the Headwaters

By Holy Solar

Pacific Lumber is dead…long live…Mendocino Redwood Company…?

Redwoods Straight Up photo provided by Mel B. courtesy of Creative Commons The long-fought standoff between Redwood forest defense activists and Maxxam/Pacific Lumber seems to have come to an end, and the trees are victorious.

The villain of the tree-sitter’s movie under the pernicious leadership of Charles Hurwitz, Pacific Lumber has killed more than trees in their pursuit of old-growth lumber among the world’s most ancient living beings.

Humans have also died in this struggle, as well as enduring the harassment of logging company security, while protesting the harvest of some of the planet’s most venerable forests. Pacific Lumber has been plagued by increasing financial troubles, which they had hoped to remedy by clear-cutting in Humboldt County’s unique and irreplaceable giant Redwoods.

Thanks to the efforts of local activists, Pacific Lumber has been largely foiled…and fallen to the earnest tree-sitters. The land has been purchased by the progressive Fisher family, who have met with treesitters, and pledged to never cut the old-growth trees in the Headwaters.

Promising to practice sustainable timber policies, the Fishers have ordered tags to be placed on the ancient trees designating them as immune from logging, all trees which date back to the nineteenth century or earlier.

There is still a world of work for those engaged in forest defense, and we’ll all be watching to see if the walk follows the talk from Mendocino Redwood Company, but this development marks an historic victory in Northern California. On behalf of tree-loving people everywhere, Holy Solar would like to extend a million blessings to the tree-sitters and those who have supported them.

*Redwoods Straight Up photo provided by Mel B. courtesy of Creative Commons.

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4 Responses to “Tree-sitters Outlast Pacific Lumber in the Headwaters”

  1. YogaforCynics
    2:33 pm on September 7th, 2008

    How wonderful to see such good news on the tree front, and the activism front. Here’s to the tree sitters!

  2. M. D. Vaden
    9:38 pm on March 30th, 2010

    The story sure goes on, doesn’t it. On the west coast when folks put forth this effort, it not only has an immediate effect, but keeps building a legacy. These are almost like fireside stories not that keep being told again and again.

    MDV ~ Oregon

  3. Lewis
    3:34 am on December 23rd, 2011

    I love trees me the thing about trees is they never seem to dissapear or reappear they are one with them selves and my daddy got killed by one once but they’re ok U guys are brilliant solar power what is up with that.

    Look forward to receiving my cheque.

    Kindest regards

    Mr J Middleton

  4. Ifrah Khan @GreenGlobalTravel
    12:44 pm on May 22nd, 2015

    A huge thank you to the tree sitters!


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