On September 28, several watershed and environmental groups in Mendocino County, along with wildlife, fisheries and toxics experts--some 40 people in all--met with John Fisher, who is in charge of the Fisher family logging investment. We gave Mr. Fisher a four-hour presentation on the condition of the forests that his family had purchased from Louisiana Pacific, and the reasons for our strenuous objections to clearcutting, herbicide spraying, logging the last big trees in these cut-over forest lands, and winter operations (high impact on endangered fisheries).
We also objected to the behavior of the Fishers' logging company, Mendocino Redwoods, in regard to a public interest lawsuit that the Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance had filed against four of Louisiana Pacific's worst logging plans--plans that Mendocino Redwood Company is aggressively defending and seeking to implement.
One of the presenters, the Kaisen Gulch group, asked for a small conservation land trust to protect some of the very last big trees in the Albion River watershed. Mr. Fisher's response was, "Who's going to pay for it?"
That answer pretty much sums up the Fisher family response to our appeals. (Note: The Fishers possess a fortune from Gap clothings stores reported to be over eleven billion dollars, and are the primary investors in this logging venture.)
Our positions on these issues are detailed in the letter to the Fisher family that appears below. The letter was presented to John Fisher at the meeting. There has been no response from the Fishers or their logging company, except for an aggressive public relations campaign in defense of clearcutting, herbicide spraying, logging the last big trees and winter operations.
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