National Geographic : 1999 Sep
EARTH ALMANAC I JAMESA. SUGAR 99 Headwaters purchase boundary Old-growth forest 1 Uncut redwood - Residual redwood I Douglas fir Second-growth forest STaller than 100 feet S60 - 100 feet tall SRecently cut Mapping a Pact to Save Ancient Redwoods e After a decade of protest and negotiation, a deal was hammered out last March to preserve northern California's Headwaters Forest, the largest stand of old-growth redwoods still in private hands. Amid the acrimony Thomas S. Reid (above right) and his colleagues "listened hard to figure out where people were hung up." To help negotiators weigh the trade-offs of various propos als, Reid's consulting firm used computerized maps showing timber stands (above), endangered seabird nesting areas (right), and other information. In the end the federal and state govern ment agreed to pay Pacific Lumber Company close to a half billion dollars for the 7,500-acre Headwaters grove and nearby tracts. Pacific Lumber, in turn, signed on to a plan that bans logging for at least 50 years in a dozen other old-growth groves. TEXT BY JOHN L. ELIOT Omi 5 0km 5 _ Headwaters purchase boundary Marbled murrelet observation sites * Possible nesting site * Murrelet observed passing through * None detected NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, SEPTEMBER 1999 Omi 5 0km 5 ~D~B!