Then & Now! Richard Gienger Report

Craig Bell on site of riparian recovery (2011 during a Coho Confab) gesturing and describing the restoration project in the lower Garcia River which he catalyzed and led in its implementation. On the right side of the river, across from Craig and the group, the replanted alders and associated efforts stabilized sheer, unprotected, and eroding banks often 15 to 20 feet high. The subsequent results included substantive improvements in stream/river habitat for coho & Chinook salmon and steelhead — as well as other water dependent and terrestrial and avian wildlife.

Then from Trees Foundation’s Branching Out, Winter 1998-99, first Diggin’ In It’s hard to know where to start in the midst of so many pressing issues about the forestland watersheds and people of California’s North Coast. Perhaps it is best for me to go back to some of the personal perspectives that I and others…

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Rugged boulder channel of lower Standley Creek near the South Fork Eel River. Note the Redwood seedling rising between two mossy rocks in the right foreground.

Sort of getting claustrophobic, whether it’s North Coast, West Coast, Western Hemisphere, or the World. I just reread “Diggin’ In #65” (F&R News, Winter 2020/21). Hecka lot of information there. Don’t know how I managed that, and now there’s even more to consider and navigate. I should start with younger times when I was engaged…

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The North August Complex Fire near Ruth Lake, taken from the Salmon Creek watershed in 2020. photo by Greg Condon

Sort of tangled up in blues, threats, and complexities here. It’s not just some huge-impact fires in California, but all along the West Coast—with flames, floods, severe storms, melting icecaps elsewhere and ongoing COVID-19 with manic and destructive attitudes and actions. A “rethink and redo” moment needs to spur us on multiple levels or else.…

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Diggin’ In: The Richard Gienger Report

Large cutdown tree in a forest
Mature forest felled on RAinbow Ridge. This is what is at issue on Rainbow Ridge: the last remnants of mature forest. Photo by Mattole Forest Defense

Insist on California setting a course that will take generations of commitment to return healthy, high-quality forests to our region—and not settle for 5 years of “stepped-up pace and scale” of thinning and prescribed fire. Attaining larger and older trees is integral to fighting climate change and as necessary as human communities’ need to reform settlement patterns and impacts. See Why Forests Matter’s website, and for California’s emergency moving parts, processes, documents, and recordings, go to
fmtf.fire.ca.gov

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Diggin’ In: The Richard Gienger Report

Sure gets tough making sense of so much all at once and over lifetimes. Right now we are in the beginning throes of dealing with a virus that already is affecting millions around the world with not just threat of sickness or death but the disruption of multiple layers, numbers, and types of relationships and…

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