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July 14, 1989
I doubt that those who oppose the burning of our national symbol, the U.S. flag, would stand by while the flag was similarly desecrated by a chain saw. And while this debate rages on, our state government has rejected a bill that would protect ancient California redwoods from the logging companies. These 1,500-year-old trees are a living symbol of our national heritage and, like the California grizzly that graces our state flag, we may soon see the last of them as well. How will we explain to future generations that we felt these irreplaceable examples of living history, and the wildlife they harbor, were best used to provide us with hot tubs and redwood decks?
November 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Disneyland was built on a 1,600-acre orange ranch; to make way for Mickey, 4,000 Valencia trees were bulldozed and uprooted. This is one of the jillion tree-related facts crammed into Jared Farmer's new history, "Trees in Paradise," which connects the stories of four trees to California's culture: redwood, eucalyptus, orange, palm. As arbor-scenti know, there are actually two kinds of redwoods - the Giant Sequoia ( Sequoiadendron giganteum) and the Coast Redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens )
August 30, 2008
Re "A truce amid the redwoods," Aug. 24 I'm glad this article was on the front page -- that's where it belonged. I wish others could take steps toward understanding and accommodating those with different views. Mike Jani, president of Humboldt Redwood Co., indicated that his company would address concerns of the "tree-sitting" protesters. In turn, one of the protesters, Amy Arcuri, made a positive and forward-looking statement that there will be squabbles but that she hopes trust can prevail.
August 14, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Finally, some good news about the effects of climate change. It may have triggered a growth spurt in two of California's iconic tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Since the 1970s, some coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever, according to scientists who studied corings from trees more than 1,000 years old. "That's a wonderful, happy surprise for us," said Emily Burns, science director at the Save the Redwoods League, which is collaborating on a long-term study with university researchers on the effect of climate change on redwoods, the world's tallest trees, and giant sequoias, the largest living things by total mass.
September 1, 2011
Redwood fans Re " A tale of grape vs. redwood ," Aug. 25 If you ever wished for a sneak peek into a businessperson's understanding of environmental issues, look no further than these two quotes from the article. (Be warned, some viewers may find the content disturbing.): "This is not a plan to build a mall. They're talking about growing grapes. " And then the real humdinger: "These forests can be cleared and preserved at the same time. " A visit to a dictionary is in order; first up, "ecosystem," followed by "monoculture.
June 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A restaurant owner accused of illegally chopping down redwoods on federal park property has written a letter to an Alaska representative to try to win sympathy. In 1999, John Ward, owner of Bella Vista Restaurant, allegedly cut down seven 100-year-old trees at Golden Gate National Recreational Area to create a better view. The request for support went to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the House Resources Committee, which handles federal parkland issues. Rep.
May 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Pacific Lumber Co. will close its old-growth redwood mill next week, a sign of the still-slowing flow of timber to market and cause for concern for the facility's 100 workers. The mill is part of a Pacific Lumber complex in Scotia, about 30 miles south of Eureka. It was built in 1910, but its large saws that begin turning logs into boards have operated only sporadically for the past 18 months. The scenario is nothing new for the once-bustling timber communities of California's North Coast.
April 25, 1989
If you look on Page 39 of the federal indictment of Michael Milken, you'll see the reason for this story. That's where the feds describe how--in their opinion, at least--the king of junk bonds pulled on the levers of capitalism, got all the gears cranking and eventually caused whole forests of redwoods to come crashing down along California's North Coast. Even now, the chain saws are howling in the forests surrounding this small lumber town. They are cutting to pay some heavy bills, debts that were incurred 1,000 miles south in the Beverly Hills offices of Drexel Burnham Lambert.
August 25, 2011 | Louis Sahagun and P.J. Huffstutter
Two plants have long been iconic to Northern California: the soaring redwood tree and the lush wine grapevine. But should one be sacrificed for the other? That question is being raised in Sonoma County a few miles from the Pacific and above the fog line, where two large wineries are petitioning the state to allow them to clear 2,000 acres of redwoods and Douglas firs to make room for new Pinot Noir vineyards. Sonoma County planners say it would be the largest woodland-to-vineyard conversion in California's history and, not surprisingly, it's touched off a debate between fans of the majestic trees and aficionados of the grapes.
August 24, 2008 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Beneath the gnarled green-needled boughs of the North Coast redwoods, a remarkable encounter one recent day shook the roots of the forest's fiercest struggle. A top timber company executive hiked into the woods with a message for the latest generation of tree sitters perched on platforms high in the massive limbs of the ancient trees they've campaigned to protect. Come down out of the sky, he told them. The war is over. With that, a cautious transformation has begun: For the first time in the memory of even the grayest of locals, the vast lands of Humboldt County's most storied timber firm could soon be devoid of protest.
June 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deals and Travel Blogger
"A Parent's Guide to the Coast Redwoods"  singles out seven great California parks where families can see the quintessential state giants up close. When to go, where to go and what to do when you get there are covered in the free guide, which you can download online. The deal: The all-color digital guide by the Save the Redwoods League provides the kid-friendly key to touring and enjoying coastal redwood groves. You could find all of this information elsewhere, but the guide distills what you need to know and collects it in an easy format.
June 23, 2013 | By Avital Andrews
Say "redwoods" and you're apt to think of Yosemite. But the world's largest remaining old-growth redwood forest is actually 200 miles north of San Francisco, along a fairy-tale stretch of the 101 Freeway. Dotted with small towns and kitschy roadside attractions, Humboldt County's redwood corridor supplies a literal breath of fresh air to anyone with an urge to get far from urbanism. In April, my husband and I spent two nights in the region. Not including gas for our drive from San Francisco, we spent about $50 for meals at Sicilito's and the Lost Coast Café.
June 18, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
MENLO PARK, Calif. - It was bad enough that his multimillion-dollar wedding became a symbol of Silicon Valley excess. But then billionaire tech guru Sean Parker was blasted in the headlines as an environmental menace over party preparations that had allegedly damaged Big Sur's storied redwoods. The Napster co-founder and former Facebook president wed singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on June 1 in a campground owned by the posh Ventana Inn & Spa. To set the scene for their fantasy, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest.
May 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
When producers of the upcoming science fiction movie "After Earth" wanted to create an image of what the planet might look like 1,000 years in the future, location manager Dow Griffith knew just the place. He immediately thought of the mystical redwood forests in Northern California where his parents had taken him on a camping trip as a child. "I wanted to be able to evoke that sense of what the Earth would be like a thousand years after man has left, and I always felt that these enormous trees would say that in one shot," Griffith said in an interview from his Santa Monica home.
December 15, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The first posthumous attack on John Pedro was a simple, senseless theft. At the roadside shrine that popped up where the California Highway Patrol officer was killed near Watsonville in 2002, someone stole a flag. "Some people hate the police," said Colleen Gilmartin, Pedro's widow and a former CHP officer herself. "I thought it was some kind of statement. " But the statements have grown more assertive and more bizarre in the 10 years since Pedro's cruiser slammed into a tree as he was pursuing a speeder.
December 1, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Pete Uccelli took 20 acres of swampland and transformed it into a boatyard and marina, welcoming visitors and residents of his beloved town to stroll the docks and feed the ducks. His restaurant on the southern edge of San Francisco Bay became a gathering spot - hosting Rotary Club meetings, business lunches and quinceañeras . "Pete's Harbor" also was a haven for "live-aboards," who rejoiced in the riches of the wildlife refuge a stone's throw away and often shared their unique lifestyle over barbecue and beers.
July 18, 1990
If the current mentality in Washington, D.C., continues, what will the redwoods of California and the cedars of Lebanon have in common? NELSON DUDLEY Cypress
May 22, 1988
I feel inclined to offer my comments on a recent radio ad for Disney's Epcot Center that presented two "fathers" sharing their experiences on vacation sites, one went to Epcot, the other to the Redwoods (National Park, I presume.) The Epcot visitor brags that he's been to China, Italy, etc., while the other has seen "only" Redwoods. The visit to Epcot, however, is an artificial, vicarious, consumerist attitude that never confronts the realities of true travel experience, but rather, offers only a glamorized, romanticized picture, sterilized of any "truth" by Walt Disney quality control.
September 16, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
KINGS MOUNTAIN, Calif. - Nestled in the heavily wooded mountains 30 miles south of San Francisco is the El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve - a gorgeous piece of redwood country, an out-of-the-way alternative to overcrowded Muir Woods to the north. If you park on Skyline Boulevard and hike about a mile down the Fir Trail - once a logging road - you will come upon Resolution Trail, a narrow path that winds its way down through a series of steep ravines populated by redwoods and madrone trees.
August 31, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
This Monday is Labor Day, and America will celebrate with a three-day weekend. But why should this great nation's working people wait until Monday to exercise their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of a deserved cocktail? Ducking out early on Friday is an American tradition to rival baseball and capitalism. Given the travails of the 99%, it's your patriotic duty to honor your laboring forebears and hit the pub while the sun's still high today. Here are a few of L.A.'s canonical three-martini lunch bars and early-evening happy hours.
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