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chris_girard

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Just stumbled upon another good logging novel about the tale end of the logging of the old growth Redwoods. The book is written by a young lady who used to live out there and seems to know what she's writing about, though I never knew about the herbicide spraying program that the logging used to use? Below is a outline of what the book is about:


Not a lot of guys are born to do something.

"For generations, Rich Gundersen’s family has chopped a livelihood out of the redwood forest along California’s rugged coast near Damnation Grove, a swath of ancient redwoods on which Rich’s employer, Sanderson Timber Co., plans to make a killing. In 1977, with most of the forest cleared or protected, a grove like Damnation – and beyond it 24-7 Ridge, named for the diameter of its largest redwood, a tree Rich was born to harvest – is a logger’s dream.

It’s dangerous work. Rich has already lived decades longer than his father, killed on the job. Rich wants better for his son, so when the opportunity arises to buy 24-7 Ridge – costing all the savings they’ve squirreled away for their growing family – he grabs it, unbeknownst to his wife, Colleen. Because the reality is their family isn’t growing; Colleen has lost several pregnancies. And she isn’t alone. As a midwife, Colleen has seen it with her own eyes.

For decades, the herbicides the logging company uses were considered harmless. But Colleen is no longer so sure. What if these miscarriages aren’t isolated strokes of bad luck? As mudslides take out clear-cut hillsides and salmon vanish from creeks, her search for answers threatens to unravel not just Rich’s plans for the 24-7, but their marriage too, dividing a town that lives and dies on timber."

Here's a link to the author's webpage:
Ash Davidson

So far it's been a really good read.

I'm sure Jerry can tell us a whole lot more about Damnation Creek and the misty Redwoods that are within that grove. If you guys want to check out some awesome photos of the grove, just look in his coffee table Redwoods picture book, they're in there!
 

gf beranek

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Oh, yeah. Damnation Creek. Nice hike. Steep, thousand-foot high bluffs right over the ocean. Hardly a day goes by without the fog misting through the trees and sunbeams (god rays) shining through. Truly magical place.

I lived in Crescent City. 7 miles north of Damnation Summit. Back in the 70s and early 80 the companies were using 24-D to keep the Blueblossum down. (Ceanothus) Too many complaints and suits. So they quit using it.

24-D is the same as Agent Orange. Anybody that went to the Nam was exposed to it. No escaping it. It was in the air and on everything. Hard to nail down precisely how it affected people. Weighing in sensitivity and amount of exposure and all. Studies showed it was bad ju ju all the way around. So they quit using it.
 

chris_girard

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Do they still log in Crescent City? 2nd growth or even 3rd growth now?
 

chris_girard

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That's right Jer, the timber grows back. And from that awesome photo that you posted above, the Redwoods look like they're doing just fine.

Still any "outlaws" left n Navarro?
 

SeanKroll

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Logging does not reduce the impact of fires, or viceversa, though, in the grand scheme, outside salvage logging, i don't think.

They are cumulative.

Do you agree or disagree, @gf beranek?
 
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