Frequently Dodged Questions
THE SEA RANCH FOREST
On 13 March 2016, the Sea Ranch Association's Board of Directors announced that they have suspended the logging plan, with the following text:
... the Board voted unanimously to suspend current NTMP activities (including the NTMP Board subcommittee), in order to begin conceptualizing possible options for a revised planning approach for the CTPZ. The Directors do not, will not, and legally cannot, walk away from our management obligations for the CTPZ and other commons. Conditions exist that we are duty-bound to confront. By our Sunday vote, we hope to re-visit these issues in the months ahead with fresh eyes and the respectful contributions of the membership. Just as some members have asked us to re-open our minds and to consider our options, we will be asking the same of all members.
We thank the Board for their vision and courage in suspending the logging plans for the central forest. They are doing the right thing at this time in proposing to “begin conceptualizing possible options for a revised planning approach for the CTPZ.” Now that more members have become interested in plans for the forest, a renewed examination of forest conditions, goals, and management options is perhaps more viable than was the case before.
Pending this renewed process, we do not expect further updates to this website any time soon. At the same time, since many confusing documents in favor of logging remain on the Association website, this website will also remain visible for the foreseeable future as a counterbalance.
Do join our mailing list if you wish to remain informed of any further developments. Our group will probably (after taking a few weeks' rest) organize forest-centered activities along both educational and artistic lines; getting on the mailing list will ensure you are notified of such events.
What's the plan? To cut down, and sell as timber,
between 30% and 40% of the trees above 18” diameter in the
central forest. (NTMP
FAQ, question 3)
Is this just once? Not at all. The forest is
divided into four “units.” One unit will be logged
roughly every four years. After the fourth unit is logged, the plan
is to go back and log the first unit all over again, with no limit.
Each unit will only be allowed between 12 and 16 years to recover before
being logged again. (NTMP
FAQ, question 2)
What about the neighbors?
What about the trails?Some of the trails in the forest
would be turned back into wide, graded, logging roads capable of
supporting heavy equipment. Others would be turned into “skid
trails” suitable for dragging large logs. Sea Ranchers would
lose access to the trails in each unit for a year at a time while
logging is going on, and in the aftermath. (NTMP
FAQ, questions 11, 12)
How does this match the Sea Ranch concept of living
lightly with the land? It doesn't.
Where is the affected area? Right in the middle of the Sea Ranch: