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Old-Growth Redwood Logging Plan Draws Fire

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A proposal to log 44 acres of old-growth forest on a northern Sonoma County ranch has drawn criticism from environmentalists.

Citizens and scientists are concerned about the plan´s impact on Haupt Creek, a Gualala River tributary that bisects the 44 acres. They´re also worried about the impact of cutting ancient redwoods and Douglas firs.

The land is owned by rancher Harold Richardson. It´s part of a 600-acre parcel that´s been in his family for three generations. His cousin, rancher and forester Charles Richardson, submitted the logging request to the state in December 2000.

Forestry, wildlife and water officials agreed yesterday the plan needs further study.