Do join us Tuesday, July 19th, 7 to 9 pm for a “Forest Talk”. Once again Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3 in Hayfork has invited the Hayfork Cooperative to use its comfortable premises to present another program about sustainable, responsible living in the Hayfork Valley and surrounds. In Trinity County we of course live in rugged, forested mountains managed mostly by federal agencies--predominantly the United States Forest Service--and private timber companies. These forests are so central to our lives and important to the economy of California that it makes sense to be updated on what is happening in and to them.
This forest talk will begin with a half hour film documentary ‘Seeing the Forest’ produced by the Forest Service Employees For Environmental Ethics (FSEEE). It deals with the the origins of the pivotal change in forest management from considering the forest little more than a big box store of timber and water to seeing it as a whole ecosystem of life that all lives here depend upon including our own, and that needs holistic consideration and care for life to flourish. Former US Forest Supervisor Jim Furnish and Executive Director of FSEEE, Andy Stahl, and others explain the reasons for and the restorative changes that occurred on the Suislaw National Forest because of the the US court’s ‘spotted owl decision’. The Suislaw National Forest is located in central, coastal Oregon and in many respects is similar to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Discussion, including questions and answers will follow this film.
Then, former Trinity County Supervisor Jeff Morris now co-director of Northwest California’s Mountains and Rivers will tell about that organization’s purposes and goals, including the restoration of the South Fork of the Trinity River. They are working with local conservation organizations, business owners, land owners, biologists, Native American tribes, hunters, anglers and other community members to develop a legislative proposal that protects and restores many remaining wild public lands and rivers in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte Counties. All are welcome at this free and informative event.