Dozens of courageous forest fans showed both determination and devotion to Strawberry Rock and the surrounding forest in Trinidad, CA (in Humboldt County), to create “Elemental,” on April 27, 2013.

They are part of a community effort to preserve and restore this second-growth redwood forest — all its old-growth has long since been logged.  But current land owner, Green Diamond timber company, wants to turn trees into dollars with additional clearcuts instead of allowing the forest to mature and remain a forest.

The larger issue, beyond simply demonizing any timber company that sells to a marketplace, is: can we as a society evolve to appreciate, again, the value of a living forest as greater than just board feet of lumber and profit?

Forests do so much for us, ceaselessly, by their very nature, if we just allow them to survive, including oxygen production, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, shading and cooling the earth, filtering ground water, and so much more.

“Elemental” is one of a series of images from this dramatic day — including four image not on the rock, but from a helicopter high above it, “In The Land of the Ancients” 1, 2, 3 & 4.  See all 5 photographs, and more, on the Strawberry Rock event page.


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