Citizens for Fire Safe Forests
Mendocino County - June 7, 2016

Dead Standing Trees Initiative Is Measure V

Mendocino County firefighters and residents have gathered the required number of signatures to qualify for the June Primary ballot. Nearly 5000 citizens signed the petition to declare intentionally killed and left standing trees a public nuisance.  “Citizens have asserted their right to mitigate hazards created by industry shortcuts where regulators and elected officials have fallen short in public protection,” said Albion Little River Fire Chief Ted Williams.

In Mendocino County millions of trees have been intentionally killed and left in place to slowly decompose. The practice of injecting herbicides, commonly known as hack and squirt, is used because it is the least expensive way to eliminate what the timber industry considers undesirable hardwoods, especially tanoaks. The main culprit, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) has poisoned tanoaks in nearly 90,000 acres of our county. MRC previously told residents that they would phase out the practice, but more recently indicate they plan to continue hack & squirt for another 20-30 years.

Ecologists believe that hardwoods play an important role in restoring healthy forests.  We believe MRC is most concerned with its corporate bottom line, even at the risk to firefighters, residents, and property.

This Measure is a well-reasoned approach to public safety and corporate responsibility. Vote YES on Measure V June 7th.

Citizens For Fire Safe Forests
18452 Orr Springs Rd
Ukiah, CA 95482