- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Cal Fire has approved a timber harvest plan that involves logging century-old redwood trees despite the objections of environmental advocates.

The Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/29vrPM7 ) that environmental advocates may challenge the 330-acre “Dogwood” harvest plan that the state fire and forest agency OKed Friday.

Gualala Redwood Timber Inc. acquired the land along the lower Gualala River last year. Spokesman Henry Alden says the company plans to begin logging this summer unless there is outside interference.

Environmental groups like Forest Unlimited and Friends of the Gualala River have said they are considering taking the case to court.

They say the logging plan violates rules meant to protect sensitive habitats, although Alden strongly disputes that. The groups are also concerned about the operation’s cumulative effects.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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