Emergency Mobilization to Protect Plumas National Forest

We found out just minutes ago that the U.S. Forest Service has approved an Emergency Authorization to approve what we’re calling the “Community Destruction Project,” industrial logging and applying $30 million of highly toxic herbicides to  more than 217,000 acres in the Plumas National Forest (PNF), including mature and old growth forest. They essentially want to convert wild public forests into private tree farms, pretending that these tree farms will somehow protect communities when research has shown that nothing done beyond 100 feet of a home makes any difference whatsoever in whether a home survives a wildfire .

This plan would endanger human, animal, and plant communities by worsening wildfire conditions and exacerbating the climate crisis that is the main cause of recent extreme wildfires in California, according to research.

You can access and download the US Forest Service project documents here. Though this is the largest logging project ever approved for the PNF, and the plan involves major Forest Plan Amendments that would strip Spotted Owl protections, the Forest Service refused to hold a single public meeting and the plan was not debated in public or covered by the local media.

How are we going to respond to this attack on the wild? We are calling for an emergency mobilization to stop the destruction of wild forest lands. Come to Plumas County, join us if you are already here. We (and our imperiled planet) desperately need your help!

Please watch our video call to action above, read our letter to the editor that kicked off the resistance, and read our recent Where I Stand article in the Plumas News that provides links to the science, particularly useful if you are new to this issue. Also consider reading Chad Hanson’s Smokescreen: Debunking Wildfire Myths to Save Our Forests and Our Climate which is a great summary of the issue from one scientist working to save our forests.

What you can do:

1. Donate. We need funds to get the word out, organize, and hold the Forest Service accountable. Your donation will go directly to direct costs.

2. Contact us with questions or to volunteer: we need help flyering, spreading word on social media, etc. etc.

3. Sign up for our updates and spread the word.

4. Come to Plumas County, CA. It is lovely in the fall, there is free and low cost camping available, it is uncrowded and we have clean air and beautiful forests that need protecting.

Thank you for your support. Please spread this extremely troubling news far and wide! Click on the image below to download our latest flyer in pdf.

Dr. Swain on Recent Record Shattering Climate Events

If you are not familiar with Daniel Swain, he is probably California’s foremost weather expert. In his latest online office hours, he outlines the El Nino conditions impacting the Earth at the moment, with recent extreme fires and floods in Greece, China, Canada and elsewhere. He talks about the trajectory we are on for 2.5 or 3 degrees centigrade average warming, which would be truly catastrophic on a global level.
The overall path we are on is grim, particularly if people insist on the levels of energy consumption and hypermobility to which many — especially the wealthy— have become accustomed, and if people continue to allow forest thinning (AKA deforestation) that releases carbon into the air and inhibits future absorption.
We highly recommend subscribing to Daniel’s regular office hours on youtube— it is the best available climate / weather analysis geared to California.
Bottom line: We need to drain the tub (let forests and grasslands recover) and stop filling it (burning fossil fuels). Watch to the end for a full explanation from Daniel.