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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 … Continue reading
Urgent Action Alert! Support EPIC’s Petition to Protect Spotted Owls and Save Public Funds Support EPIC’s petition to remove outdated and harmful regulations that damage Northern Spotted Owl habitat.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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Wild and Scenic Film Festival September 20, 2012 at Chatom Vineyards (Wine, Farm fresh food and Films!) Please visit www.sierrafilmfest.org for reservations and film information.
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 … Continue reading
Viewpoints: Sierra Pacific’s clear-cuts impoverish forests, economy – sacbee.com I spent a recent Monday on a Sierra Pacific Industries’ forest tour outside the rural Calaveras County town of West Point. Sierra Pacific has clear-cut thousands of acres in Calaveras. It … Continue reading
Watch the Sierra Animals Protest Video – EPFW’s chickaree is in the protest video! pass it on … share on your Facebook page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ruRMJN50x0&feature=related
California taxpayers subsidize the logging industry to the tune of $18 million a year, according to testimony at an Assembly hearing Tuesday.
The key question before the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee was whether any of that subsidy is justified.
Owners of the state’s 8.7 million acres of private forestland argue they provide public benefits including wildlife habitat, clean air and carbon sequestration – not to mention about 22,000 jobs.
Environmental groups counter that logging causes habitat loss and water pollution and that the industry should cover all of the state’s cost to police those problems.
Data provided by the Legislative Analyst’s Office show that regulating logging on private land costs state government $18.8 million a year. That includes processing timber harvest plans, inspecting logging areas before and after harvest, and protecting downstream areas from erosion that harms salmon habitat.
The industry pays state agencies about $550,000 a year in permitting fees.
On July 28, 2011 KQED had a live radio show on the forest clearcutting activities in the watershed of Battle Creek where public money is attempting to restore the watershed Ths show is incredibly informative and is is a must listen for those who care about our salmon and forests. Learn about the widespread clearcutting by one company – Sierra Pacific Industries – in this watershed. You can access it at http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201107280900 Continue reading
A new map is now available at www.sierraforest.org which shows the extent of forest clearcutting in Calaveras. This sattelite view of Calaveras and Toulumne clearly shows the amount of functional wildlife habitat that has been destroyed in just over a decade. … Continue reading