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Falling an old-growth redwood, 1985
Falling an old-growth redwood, 1985 Photo: Karen Tillson

Timber and Forests: Post War to Present - A Humboldt County Local Legacy

This project documents the logging boom and subsequent environmental movement of the last half of the 20th century. Historically, timber has defined the regional culture of the California north coast. The historic overview chronicles post-war logging; establishment of the Six Rivers National Forest; state and federal legislation for management and protection of the forests and non-timber-industry values; the environmental activism that changed the way National Forests are managed and also led to the preservation of the Headwaters Forest in 1999.

Ninety high school students through Humboldt County conducted the interviews to record first-hand accounts and viewpoints of community members. Quoting directly from interviews with loggers, a small landowner, timber company executives, a biologist and forest activists, the overview illustrates the conflicting views of the timber industry and environmental advocates, how this dichotomy affects the local community, and what the future holds for timber and forests. The search for answers that are both environmentally and economically viable will continue.

Project documentation includes a 19-page report with bibliography, interview transcriptions, maps of Humboldt County, and 28 8 x 10 photographs.

Originally submitted by: Mike Thompson, Representative (1st District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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