New video released “Clearcutting California Forests”


Clearcutting our forests – Time is running out for wildlife.  Tens of thousands of acres will be clearcut this year.

Please check out this  NEW short video – “Clearcutting in California”  then share the shameful secret that California is allowing massive forest and habitat destruction in California and help us stop it. Please don’t sit back and let our forests be clearcut.  It is devastating our wildlife, watersheds, releasing huge amounts of CO2, and forever removing natural biodiverse forest plants and habitat.

Take a moment to write to Governor Brown today, and tell him you want an end to clearcut logging in California. You can email Gov. Brown at the following link:  Also please sign the petitions  posted on our website and share the video and how to act on  this shameful secret using social media.


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Check out video – forest animals demand end to clearcutting!



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Environmental groups sound alarm over logging near Big Trees

A recent oped by Mark Boyd  “Environmental groups sound alarm over logging near Big Trees”  was published in the Modesto Bee.  It highlighted concerns about forest ecosystem clearcutting destruction surrounding Calaveras Big Trees State Park. “Since 1996 in Calaveras County alone, SPI has clear-cut or nearly clear-cut over 24 square miles of important and varied forest habitat,” said group’s Susan Robinson. “Plans have even included clear-cut type logging within just a few hundred feet of the Big Trees Park border.”

“John Buckley of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center shared similar concerns, saying the clear-cuts near the park “have hammered the forest ecosystem.”

Read more here:

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Action Alert! Support EPIC’s Petition to Protect Spotted Owls

Urgent Action Alert!  Support EPIC’s Petition to Protect Spotted Owls and Save Public Funds


NSO fem&juv _0397 Support EPIC’s petition to remove outdated and harmful regulations that damage Northern Spotted Owl habitat.  Existing state regulations have allowed intensive logging of spotted owl habitat within known owl territories resulting in the abandonment and loss of hundreds of historic nesting sites.  Changing state regulations to reflect the most current scientific and regulatory guidance is necessary in order to address these deficiencies.  Changing existing state regulations will also serve to streamline review and approval of timber harvest plans.

On February 6, 2013, EPIC filed a rulemaking petition with the California Board of Forestry to remove regulations that have resulted in harm to owls and significant loss of owl habitat, and comment the deadline for this issue is February 26th. It is Urgent that you take action today!   Go to


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New short video on biological importance of burned forests

A short video has just been released to help people understand the biological values of  recently burned forests. This video “Forests Born of Fire”  shows how Western US forests burned by high-intensity fire produce important and rare wildlife habitat — but widespread policies of salvage logging harms this habitat. The video demonstrates the beauty and life found where burned forests are left to wild nature.

The video was filmed in burned forests of the Lassen National Forest of California.  The idea was conceived, the script written, the footage gathered, and the video narrated and edited entirely by biologists studying wildlife that use burned forests!

Please help  spread the word by sharing this video link with others.  Consider posting it on Facebook etc. By showing the world the wonder and vibrancy of a burned forest, we can help to protect this rare and critical habitat for the many creatures who depend upon it for survival.  Read more about WNI’s work to study and protect wildlife in burned forests at

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New Clearcut Logging Plan Near Arnold, CA

Sierra Pacific Industries has filed yet another horrific clearcut logging plan.  Here are the details and an aerial overview of this forest area that will be severely clearcut.

THP 4-12-030 CAL (Lookout THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 404 acres; 61% clearcut, 25% fuel break, 8% no-harvest, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Licking Fork, Swamp Creek (MD: T6N R14E Sec.36; MD: T6N R15E Sec.20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 goshawk territories, three bracted onion, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/13.

This THP is generally SE of Sacramento, and 6 miles North of Arnold, CA and Highway 4.  SPI will be extending clearcuts to the West in this area at an elevation of 4,280 – 6,000 feet.  They are planning 6,700 feet of new road construction, and to use track excavators on slopes less than 50% for fuels work.  SPI wants to use an existing landing and 5 road segments in streamside areas, and there are 5 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking and culvert repair.  SPI will also be using 33 acres of so called “operational areas” to construct tail holds and skid trails/roads that are outside, but lead into harvest units.  Three Bracted Onion habitat was found in units 2157, 2167, 2168 & 2225.  SPI reported 9 CA spotted owls within 1 mi.

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New clearcut logging plan adjacent to Big Trees State Park

SPI has a new clearcutting logging plan near Arnold and Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Here is a summary of that plan from the THPtrackingcenter. The aerial view above shows how much complete forest removal has already occurred in this area. EPFW plans to submit comments opposing the clearcutting in this sensitive area.

THP 4-12-026 TUO (Boulder THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1073 acres; 36% clearcut, 35% selection, 26% no-harvest, 3% commercial thinning, misc roadside logging.  Doud’s Landing, Lower Beaver Creek, Lower Griswold (MD: T4N, R15E, Sec 1; T4N, R16E, Sec 3,4,5,7,8,9; T5N, 15E, Sec 33,35,36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, 4 unstable areas, road failure sites, slopes up to 70%, 23 road drainage work sites, near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 3 goshawks within 1mi, osprey within 1 mi, 13 CA spotted owls within 1mi, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/12.

This THP is generally East of Stockton, CA about 4 miles SE of Arnold and Highway 4.  It is in a mid elevation (3,800 – 5,400 feet) watershed that flows down the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.  This THP is adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and is on the western edge of an area where SPI has been doing a lot of clearcutting in the past.  SPI is using so-called 100 foot “operational buffers” around units which allows them to harvest additional damaged trees, and to do fire line construction, etc.  There are 3 oversized units proposed, and 4 unstable areas; including hummocky ground and wet areas in units 1542 and 321, a slump in unit 1025, and wet areas in unit 1818.  SPI plans to use 2 skid trails in unstable areas (units 1542 and 321), and construct 6,200 feet of new road construction and 2,200 feet of road re-construction.  They are planning some limited use of tractors and haul roads during the winter period, and to use 2 skid trails inside a class II watercourse.  They also want to use an excavator for site prep on slopes over 40%.  23 road drainage work sites are proposed including culvert repair/replacement, rocking and dip construction.  There are 3 goshawk territories within 1 mi, with 1 goshawk nest in or around units 1455 and 1510 that was active in 2012.  An osprey nest site was reported to be 1 mi upstream of THP area along the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.  Clarkia Australis was found in unit 610.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park Clearcuts PDF and Photo

Big Trees State Park various pictures poster revised (PDF)

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EPFW Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Film Festival September 20, 2012 at Chatom Vineyards (Wine, Farm fresh food and Films!) Please visit for reservations and film information.

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Should CA Cap and Trade provide $ for clearcutting?

EPFW was featured on a Bay Area News story (Channel 11 NBC) on May 17 about how the timber industry–in this case Sierra Pacific Industries–will be using the Cap and Trade offsets market to make potentially hundreds of million of dollars from “business as usual”  timber practices. It is a complicated issue and the news spot doesn’t make all the connections–it doesn’t mention clearcutting– but it does question why companies like SPI should be profiting from dubious Cap and Trade offsets for tree plantation projects they would have done anyway.

EPFW members Susan Robinson, Ron Szymanski, and Bruce Castle–along with Brian Nowicki of the Center for Biological Diversity–challenged the rewarding of SPI for their destructive timber practices.

The big problem with the Forest Protocol offset program is that clearcutting should never be rewarded because it releases massive amounts of carbon when soil, trees and vegetation are destroyed. Mature forests store carbon the best — not industrial tree farms that SPI is planting in the wake of their destructive clearcuts. And the California Air Resources Board hasn’t accounted for the carbon in the soil, woody debris and vegetation that is released by clearcutting practices.

California’s Cap and Trade market is unlikely to actually reduce carbon in the atmosphere if polluters are allowed to purchase these bogus timber industry offsets.

Click here to view the video

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