Clearcutting in the Berkeley and Oakland Hills

When we hear about clear cut forests, we probably think about logging happening somewhere 200 miles northeast of here, but sometimes it occurs closer to home. In fact, the largest San Francisco Bay Area forest clearcut in 100 years is planning to begin in August. An estimated 450,000 healthy, mature trees in the hills of Oakland and Berkeley hills will be clearcut with no plans for reforestation. For more information about this deforestation project, visit this article.

USGBC: US Green Building Council, Redwood Empire-Upcoming Event

Educational Seminar-Everyone is Welcome!

Sustainable Wood Series Part 1: The Evolution of California's Redwood Industry

July 7, 2016 - 5:30pm- 8:30pm

San Rafael Corporate Center, Tamalpais Room

750 Linardo St. San Rafael, CA 94901

Join USGBC Redwood Empire for the first in a two-part series about Sustainable Wood!

When Euro-Americans arrived in northern California during and after the Gold Rush in the mid 1800s, they marveled at the immensity and grandeur of the region's virgin redwood forest — and began logging it.

Today, around 4 percent of the original old growth remains and is virtually all protected in parks. Much of the remainder is second-growth forest where logging continues; but in recent decades there has been a remarkable transition across much of the redwood region from forest mining toward relatively enlightened forest management.

Presenters Jason Grant and Deanne Clough use vivid imagery and piquant detail to trace the arc of this extraordinary evolution, exploring both hopeful developments and continuing tensions between forest advocates and timber companies.

This event has been approved for 1.5 GBCI Continuing Education hours.

Save the date for part two of our Sustainable Wood series, "A Walk in the Woods Tour: Forest Stewardship in Action," which is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23.

Please follow the link below for information and registration-It should be a wonderful, informative evening! You won't want to miss it!