Labor Day Camp 2021 was a success! Campers were
excited to reunite with each other under the canopy of redwoods at the
Mendocino Woodlands. Now the NCUUCC Board needs your help in making their consideration
to hold Thanks Camp at Camp Sylvester this year (Nov. 25th to 28th,
2021). We are asking you to complete this survey to find out your interest in
attending Thanks Camp given the present COVID circumstance. Please complete
this survey no later than Sept. 27th by 10pm PST.
Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and the Mendocino Woodlands policy on group camps we regret that we can only invite campers ages 12 and older who are fully vaccinated and can provide proof of vaccination.
We will gather in community Friday September 3rd
through Monday September 6th.
We are planning a relaxed camp with some workshops which will include;
sing-a-longs, hikes, beading, puzzles & games, archery, and whatever else YOU
want to bring. So bring your favorite activity or craft to share.
This event is for all
ages. Potluck – Bring your own food and drinks. Some plates, cups, utensils, ice,
and ice chests will be provided. Tables and a grill have also been reserved.
Some outdoor activities will be brought along such as hula hoops and frisbees
but feel free to bring creative or crafty outdoor activities. If you are
interested in helping the hosts by committing to bringing a food item or
activity, please email Guy.
Franklin Park is
located at 1432 San Antonio Ave, Alameda, CA. Franklin Park has a playground
and ADA-compliant bathrooms. Franklin Park has been reserved for this event on
July 17th from 1-4 pm.
We urgently want to inform you of the Timber
Harvest Project (THP) planned to take place by Cal Fire directly on the border
of the Mendocino Woodlands State Park which is causing extreme alarm to our
campers, direct stewards of the Mendocino Woodlands, and numerous environmental
The NCUUCC Board voted in January 2021 to create a special committee to inform campers on this project due to the imminent threat of damage to ecological, environmental, economic, and cultural integrity of Mendocino Woodlands via large scale destructive and poorly planned logging. The goal of this announcement is to inform you of the planned project, provide additional resources, and ultimately urge you to write emails, letters, and public comments against this logging project and any future projects like it.
Our ask of you is that you craft a letter to
CalTrees about concerns with the 1-20-000173-MEN
Timber Harvest Plan.
Subject: Public Comment Mendocino Timber Harvest Plan THP: 1-20-000173-MEN
Regarding: THP: 1-20-000173-MEN
Salutation: To Whom it May Concern:
The 1-20-000173-MEN Timber Harvest Plan is an initiative by Cal Fire to log areas adjacent to and on the Little North Fork of the Big River. The logging is planned for the Special Treatment Area adjacent to the Woodlands and in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. The Mendocino Woodlands State Park is essentially the road into camp and historic campgrounds. The State Park includes a miniscule amount of protected forest land. The forested land areas campers regularly hike, bike, and do other activities and are not protected from logging.
There are numerous safety, economic, and
environmental concerns but we would like to highlight a few issues with the
173-MEN THP logging here that we hope will inspire your action to write a
letter. The current logging plan includes the building of roads over
steep slopes that will drastically change the natural landscape and make the
area dangerous for recreational activities. The slope of the proposed logging
area is a major issue and a pointed highlight to letter readers and decision
makers of the fallacies of this logging plan. The creation of roads on steep
slopes to log the area will cause major water, mud, and silt issues. Silt
running into the creek is disastrous for the entire ecological area including
the Coho Salmon which finally return to these waters to spawn. Unstable land on
steep slopes logged can also cause human safety issues for recreation
activities. Tractor yarding is also proposed in this plan which will essentially
create a clear-cut parking lot adjacent to the creek.
Cal Fire has not yet responded to public comment. Their justification for this
logging is economic and fire mitigation. However, Cal Fire has not proposed any
economic or other environmental mitigation for the logging including the safety
and security of our camps. Should the proposed logging plan be approved, it is
likely our camps and other camps will not be able to attend the Mendocino
Woodlands in recent years. It will be another year of economic hardship
for the Mendocino Woodlands State Park if camps meet at the Mendocino
We all want to have a safe camp experience where
we make beautiful new memories and continue to cherish the 50 years of history
our camp has had at the Woodlands. This will not happen should the THP go
through. This project poses paramount issues for the safety of children and
adults alike trying to enjoy the creek and trails, further endangers the
Woodlands historic water septic system and natural waterways, in addition to
many more ecological concerns that has caused the alarm of numerous government
and nonprofit organizations.
We implore you to do all that you can to halt
this project. Why would you want to log a seasoned and natural fire-resistant
redwood forest? The idea that it is for fire prevention is misleading.