I read an L.A. Times article discussing ongoing logging of redwoods in Humboldt County. In a battle spanning several generations, tree sitters and eco-activists are putting their bodies on limbs in redwood tree tops to prevent logging.
This is not the first time tree activists have climbed hundreds of feet up old growth redwoods to prevent logging the tree and surrounding trees. It reminded me of a remarkable novel I read called “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. The novel is about people and their interaction with and the affect specific trees and forests.
It primarily focuses on loss of old growth redwoods and firs in the pacific northwest and activists actions to prevent tree and habitat loss. However, the novel was historical, taking place several decades ago. Yet it appears old growth logging in Humboldt county continues to in present.
I recently visited, camped and explored the Jedediah Smith State and National Redwood park, not far from where present day logging takes place. For me, the thought of logging off trees that are hundreds to over a thousand year old is difficult to accept.
We have commercial redwood farms for harvesting lumber. Of course, it does not possess the grain, size, color and characteristics of true old growth redwood trees. If we want future generations to be able to view and experience the incredible creation of a true, old growth tree, we MUST stop logging and preserve this resource.