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
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).
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.