According to KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad:
"A 3,000 page document outlining logging practices over the next 80 years at Mendocino Redwood Company is up for public review. The timber company is hosting 2 community workshops to present their Habitat Conservation Plan this Wednesday and Thursday. The plan would add 8000 acres for roosting spotted owls and open up 10 more miles of streams to spawning salmon over the next 30 years, according to Mike Jani, Chief Forester and resident of Mendocino and Humboldt Redwood Companies. He spoke with KMUD and outlined some of the conservation measures they’re going to take for salmon and old growth trees."
Use the player below to hear the interview with Mike Jani. This story was aired on KMUD Local News, Monday, January 14, 2013 by Christina Aanestad.
Public comment on the proposed plan is open until February 21, 2013. However, Jani told KMUD News that the regulating agencies are considering extending the deadline to April 21st, so the public has time to navigate MRC’s lengthy, 3,000 page habitat conservation plan.
Public Workshops (held at MRC’s Fort Bragg office, located at 32601 Holquist Lane in Fort Bragg - turn east onto Gibney Lane approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 20/Highway 1 interchange, office is on the corner of Holquist and Gibney):
- Fish and water portions of the habitat conservation plan - Wednesday, January 16, from 7-9 pm.
- Terrestrial portions of the plan - Thursday, January 17, from 7-9 pm.
Click here for more information on the workshops.
Click here for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Mendocino Redwood Company Incidental Take Authorization and Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation.
Inland residents with questions unable to attend the meetings can contact the MRC project leader, John Ramaley at 707‐463‐5129.