Along the northern coast,
Just back from the rock-bound shore, and the caves,
In the saline air from the sea, in the Mendocino country,
With the surge for bass and accompaniment low and hoarse,
With crackling blows of axes, sounding musically, driven by strong arms,
Riven deep by the sharp tongues of the axes—there in the Redwood forest dense,
I heard the mighty tree its death-chant chanting.
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

The destruction of California’s once vast and magnificent redwood forests is entwined with American expansion westward, violent dispossession, and the ravenous commodification of nature. The remaining redwoods demand our protection.

Urgent: An Appeal To the Governor

Read: Forests, Logging, Climate

Priscilla Hunter

Coyote Valley Pomo

“Our view of a sustainable forest is a forest that sustains our culture, values and way of life, not one that is managed in order to be cut for profit. As such, we placed a wilderness easement on our Intertribal park lands in order to prohibit in perpetuity any commercial logging there . . .”
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Voices: Jackson State Forest

Susanna Hecht

Here Professors Susanna Hecht, Institute of Environment and Sustainability, UCLA, and William Russell, Environmental Studies, San Jose State University, add their voices to the discussion concerning the Future of Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The interviews were produced for KZYX, Mendocino County Community Listener Supported Radio by Loreto Rojas and Cal Winslow.

Listen: Susanna Hecht on Forests and Forestry
Listen: William Russell on Redwoods

Will Russell on Redwoods

Will Russell
Will Russell

Herbaceous Understory Indicators of Post-Harvest Recovery in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Forests
Will Russell | Open Journal of Forestry | 2020

Old-Growth Characteristics on a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.) Pygmy Forest Ecotone
Will Russell, Zuhayl Lambert and Suzie Woolhouse | California Botanical Society | 2019

Variation In Old-Growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Reference Sites In Mendocino County, California
Kristin K. Michels, Will Russell | Madroño | January 2016

Edwin Deacon, Campfire in the Redwoods, 1876, Courtesy Laguna Art Museum

Approximation of Fire-Return Intervals with Point Samples in the Southern Range of the Coast Redwood Forest, California, USA
Will Russell, Gregory A. Jones | Fire Ecology Vol. 11, Issue 3 | 2015

Survival and Recovery Following Wildfire in the Southern Range of the Coast Redwood Forest
Rachel Lazzeri-Aerts, Will Russell | Fire Ecology Vol. 10, Issue 1 | 2015

Stand Development on a 127-yr Chonosequence of Naturally Regenerating Sequia Sempervirens
Will Russell, Kristin Hageseth Michels | Madroño, Vol. 57 | 2010


Public Comment on Timber Harvest Plans
Priscilla Hunter, Tribal Elder, Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Seventy Feet Up an Ancient Redwood
Cal Winslow | LA Progressive | April, 2021

Defend California’s Redwoods
Cal Winslow | Jacobin Magazine | August, 2020

Bill Lemos
William Lemos

The How Many Salmon Eggs per Board Foot Problem: Roads, Trails, and Resource Protection in Jackson Demonstration State Forest
William Lemos | Daylight Ducks Publishing | Spring 2021

Save the Redwoods
Cal Winslow | Jacobin Magazine | April 2021

A Tale of Two Species
Will Russell | River of Fire, Commons, Crisis & The Imagination | 2016


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