Bay Area billionaire Robert Fisher profits by logging California’s North Coast forests, even as Governor Jerry Brown has tapped him to help implement the state’s anti-global warming agenda.
From WILL PARRISH
The world’s largest remaining contiguous stand of old-growth redwood forest resides in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. On the park’s northwestern flank, six people gathered last May to oppose a logging venture on adjacent private property. For four days, the activists shadowed the loggers and their supervising forester, as well as three Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies who were keeping a watchful eye on the forest defenders in case they edged over the park boundary.
The activists sought to obstruct the logging operation. But initially, the Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) loggers ignored them, toppling Douglas firs and madrone within thirty feet of where the protesters stood. The supervising forester dispassionately informed them that if any of them died, it would be ruled a suicide. Soon after, a tree crashed against the dead top of a smaller one, sending an errant wood chunk sailing perilously close to an activist’s head.
“There was a lot of bravado early on, but after a while, the loggers questioned what they were doing and stopped,” recalled the forest activist who goes by the name “Farmer,” and whose head was nearly hit by the airborne tree chunk. “They basically said they weren’t going to keep working under these conditions [with the protesters present].”