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Taking a Different Approach

Taking a Different Approach

Forestland Mmanagement in the Redwood Region

(p.141) 8 Taking a Different Approach
Stitching the West Back Together
Mike Jani
University of Chicago Press

In northern California’s Mendocino County, tensions between longtime residents who worked the timber industry and environmentalists peaked in 1990s. One outcome was the departure of the county’s largest timber owner, whose 228,000 acres were purchased by a family who started Mendocino Redwood Company. In addition to eliminating clear-cutting and harvesting below the growth rate, the company sought annual certification from the Forest Stewardship Council to provide third-party verification that its operating plans are sustainable, respect the usage rights of adjacent landowners and indigenous people, reduce its environmental impact, and maintain the ecological functions and biodiversity of the forest. A U.S. Forest Service-approved habitat conservation plan coupled with a California Department of Fish and Game-approved natural community conservation plan is being developed to provide a holistic approach to species and habitat protection; if successful, it will be the first such plan for industrial timberland in California.

Keywords:   Mendocino Redwood Company, Mendocino County, Forest Stewardship Council, habitat conservation plan, natural community conservation plan, ecological function, industrial timberland

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