About 50 or 60 people turned out for a meeting today about the forests around Strawberry Rock. The iconic rock sits above the coastal town of Trinidad California and is a short trip up a trail to world class coastal views and 100 year old trees. Green Diamond Resource Company owns the land that once belonged to those that lived in Tsurai Village, The Yurok Tribe. Rob from Environmental Information Protection Center or E.P.I.C. gave a presentation followed by Eileen who had these great photos to share with the crowd. Emily gave a presentation of a message from a tree sitter. The audio is a bit rough because there was no public address system present.
Since Green Diamond has already been granted the permits to clear cut the 3 parcels outlined in yellow in the above picture and will have that option until around March of next year there is not a whole lot other than peer pressure that people can do to stop the inevitable pending doom for Mill Creek watershed. This will also drastically change the views for hikers to Strawberry Rock. There is currently at least one tree sitter in the area, his name is Eugene. He lives in a tree and calls radio stations like mine when he hears chain saws in the woods. He knows he is breaking the law by living in a tree on private property but he feels it is the best way to bring awareness to the situation and the best way to keep the saws off of at least one old tree.
meeting on Wednesday night at the Bay Side Grange at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be presented by Green Diamond and may be an opportunity for people to interact with the company and just maybe, find a stop gap or longer solution that would please the lovers of the forests and the company that owns them.