THIS IS OUR STAND!
Headwaters Forest contains the largest unprotected stands of ancient redwoods left in the world. Write your representative. Insist they support a Headwaters Forest Act with all six ancient groves.
FULL AND IMMEDIATE PROTECTION FOR ALL THE ANCIENT REDWOOD GROVES.
Headwater's Forest contains the last large remnants of unprotected ancient and residual redwood forest in the world, totaling approximately 17,000 acres. The Headwaters Grove is the heart of Headwaters Forest, and the other groves are the backbone. All the groves are essential for continued survival of the ancient redwood forest ecosystem.
PROTECT MARBLED MURRELET NESTING HABITAT.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently designated nearly 40,000 acres of
Pacific Lumber and Elk River Timber Company land in the Headwaters Forest as critical habitat for the marbled murrelet. Headwaters is one of three remaining nesting areas in California for this small seabird that nests in ancient coastal forests.
PROTECTION OF COHO SALMON SPAWNING HABITAT.
The coho salmon is awaiting listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Five to ten percent of California's remaining wild coho salmon spawn in the waterways of Headwaters Forest. Especially critical is the 15,000-acre Elk River watershed on the north side of Headwaters where logging is now underway.
ENSURE JOB SECURITY FOR LOCAL WORKERS THROUGH RESTORATION AND SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY PRACTICES.
A real solution must include worker retraining and employment in forest and stream restoration, and new, ecologically sustainable methods of forestry. The Clinton Administration can initiate a model sustainable forestry and restoration project for the Redwood Region in the cutover portions of the Headwaters Forest.
INSTITUTE A LOGGINC MORATORIUM.
The Clinton Administration must seek interim protection for Headwaters Forest by insisting that Pacific Lumber Company cease logging, including salvage operations, in the old-growth groves during the current negotiation process. It must also negotiate with Elk River Timber Company to protect coho salmon habitat in Northern Headwaters.
NO LAND TRADES FOR OTHER ANCIENT FORESTS.
The government must identify surplus federal property that may be suitable for a land swap; and secure a Debt for Nature swap, trading Maxxam Corporation's $1.6 billion debt to the American taxpayers for the backbone groves of Headwaters Forest. Federal acquisition cannot be accomplished by trading other old-growth forestlands.
NO RESTRICTIONS ON CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL OR JUDICIAL REVIEW.
The federal acquisition process must not include any agreements that would limit future citizen participation or environmental or judicial review of timber corporations' compliance with environmental laws.
THE HEADWATERS FOREST COORDINATING COMMITTEE
ADVOCATES A BIOLOGICALLY SENSIBLE HEADWATERS FOREST PROTECTION PLAN.
Send a letter to the President
Dear President Clinton,
Take decisive action now on the Headwaters Forest crisis. There is an intense drama being played out between police escorted lumberjacks and protesters doing what they can to stop them. This is not just any forest, but one of the last remaining forests that has not been cut down and replanted.