SCOTIA, Calif. — State forestry officials cleared the way Thursday for Pacific Lumber Co. to resume salvage logging in an old-growth redwood forest, as a stop-work order against the company expired.
"The order has been rescinded and they fully intend to go back in [Friday] morning," said Humboldt County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Philp.
The order issued by the California Department of Forestry expired at 4 p.m. Thursday, allowing the company to resume taking dead, dying and diseased trees--all fallen timber--from 450 acres in the Headwaters Forest.
The department had ordered a temporary halt to the 3-day-old salvage operation after Pacific Lumber loggers knocked down a 10-inch-wide hemlock while dragging a fallen tree out.