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Over Kill? Under Growth? Try the EF! Diet!

Please call Santa Cruz Earth First! at (831) 425-3205. Meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm, 509 Broadway near Ocean St., ground floor on left side of building. Donations can be mailed to P.O.Box 344, Santa Cruz, CA, 95061.
As far as health and happiness go, when Mother Earth is, we can be too. Please don't wait. Protect her now.
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002

Subject: Over Kill? Under Growth? Try the EF! Diet!

Sit your way to health and happiness

By Earthling

Tired of fad diets, heavy exercise regimens and self-help books that leave
you fat and unfulfilled? That's right, shave off those unwanted pounds and
gain newfound happiness just by sitting? in a tree!
Santa Cruz Earth First! seeks people to help in their campaign to save our
precious forests, specifically Ramsey Gulch in Corralitos.
Known as Ramsey II, this is the second time Redwood Empire Timber Company
(RE) has cut on steep slopes above this once pristine fish-bearing stream
that bisects the San Andreas Fault. Last year they cut on the west side of
the creek in Ramsey 1. Earth First! successfully defended about 3 acres of
trees. Though Nancy Drinkard of CDF (California Department of Forestry)
was heard saying that THP (timber harvest plan) was the best she'd ever
seen, the part of the forest Earth First! could not save looks like death
and destruction on a steep slope to those of us with beating hearts.
Where there was once a beautiful forest, cool, dark and moist, even in
summer, there are now tons of dead branches covering hard, sun-baked soil
that supports little life. It is not a pretty picture.
Currently RE is building a road through documented landslide terrain above
Ramsey Creek. Even though National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),
Department of Fish and Game (DFG), Regional Water Quality Control Board
(RWQCB), and the Watsonville Water District opposed this THP, CDF approved
it as they do ALL THPs, regardless of the impacts to the environment,
unstable geology, neighbors' water uptakes, endangered fish, etc.
This is why Earth First! is in the woods. If CDF did their job (protecting
forests, not killing them) we would not be here trying so hard to protect
them. I've heard people say that CDF really stands for "Cut Da Forest".
The only THP that hasn't been approved by CDF yet is known as Islandia in
Lompico. The last I heard (Sept. 30) the plan was in its 19th extension.
This is also a RE property the company is trying to log over the
objections of basically EVERYONE including the 520 residents who get their
water directly from Lompico Creek. CDF just hasn't figured out how to
approve this plan without inciting a riot.
The Lompico Watershed Conservancy has been trying to buy this property
from RE owner, Roger Burch, but Burch is asking a kings ransom for the
property, reportedly at least twice fair market value and many times what
he paid for it. He bought it as part of a package deal along with Ramsey
Gulch and the now butchered Gamecock Canyon.
Of course Gamecock Canyon is a huge story on its own. Quickly, RE hired
the Hayward Brothers from Mendocino to log the trees. Peter Twight was
supposed to oversee the Haywards and ensure they complied with the
restrictions in the plan. 37 violations of the Forest Practice Rules were
documented by CDF. They all blamed each other. Neighbors won a lawsuit
against RE for using their private road. Hayward Brothers went bankrupt.
RE and Peter Twight are still destroying forests. And we're still
treesitting.
We've been in Ramsey II for over a month now. The only trees that have
been cut at this point (October 5) have been due to road construction and
right next to the upper treesit. The loggers were laughing that now we
have no shade. We cry because they have no clue.
Treesitting during the fire was grueling. The upper treesit was less than
2 miles from the fire and engulfed in smoke. The fire was right at the
north side of Summit road and we are barely south of it. It was really
sketchy for a few days. At one point Echo had a nosebleed from breathing
through a wet rag all day. Ground support kept close contact and Ayla went
out with a respirator to replace him but Echo refused to abandon the tree
just then. We all survived. Thanks to all the firefighters who risked
their lives controlling the fire. They are the branch of CDF who do real
work.
On October 4 the upper treesit was temporarily abandoned due to lack of
treesitters (many of us have jobs too) and RE climbers cut our platform
out of the tree. This leaves only the trees occupied down by the creek but
we need help defending them too.
This is our call to everyone who can do their part, however small or
large, to stop the cycle of destruction of our forests and planet. Some of
you may be good writers. Some may be friends of lawmakers or people
crafting environmental policies. Some may have money, food or equipment to
donate. Some of you may be able to spend some time in the forest.
Treesitters and resuppliers are needed desperately. We can't continue
these efforts without more support from the community. And it doesn't end
here.
Please call Santa Cruz Earth First! at (831) 425-3205. Meetings are every
Tuesday at 7pm, 509 Broadway near Ocean St., ground floor on left side of
building. Donations can be mailed to P.O.Box 344, Santa Cruz, CA, 95061.
As far as health and happiness go, when Mother Earth is, we can be too.
Please don't wait. Protect her now.

Dennis P. Davie

1-800-886-5232 x5520
510-770-5520
KMX 490-5520
FAX 510-490-6328
 
 


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