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Harvey Richards documented the impact of corporate logging practices in northern California and Oregon from 1960 until the early 1980’s.

In the early years, the 1960’s, he filmed and photographed the commercial harvest and clear cutting of the last great stands of commercially available old growth redwood forests. He followed the logging crews into the mountains on logging roads, filming and photographing the devastation of the forests.  He came down from the mountains of the coastal ranges into the booming logging towns along the coast where he witnessed and documented the rivers full of logs, the immense cold decks of stacked logs awaiting processing and the operations of the mills themselves.  He photographed helicopter logging, and the immense piles of wood chip that grew up outside the mills from the waste materials from processing and clear cutting.  He photographed the gigantic machinery that hauled and transported the logs to the mils and then moved the logs into the mills for cutting and producing lumber.  And once the boom was over, he returned to photograph the abandoned mills and docks along the rivers of depressed and silent logging towns.  He created a record of an event both awesome in its size and impact and terrifying in its legacy of ecological destruction and impact on climate change.

“You should have seen that train go by
You should have seen that comet in the sky.”

Poem by Paul Richards

Clear Cutting Devastates Forests

Clear Cutting Forests Is “Cutting the Lungs Out of the Earth.” Forests grow slowly over the decades.  Trees grow deep roots, their leaves falling on the forest floor creating soil full of life and organic nutrients that support diverse populations … Continue reading

The Last Giant Redwoods Come Down

Unique Images of Giant Redwoods Being Logged Out In the 1960’s, the last commercially available stands of old growth giant redwoods were being clear cut. Harvey Richards photographed the giants being cut, hauled, unloaded, stacked, debarked and milled at lumber … Continue reading

Giant Machinery Devours the Forest

What the Machinery Looked Like   During my life time, we have gone from celebrating the might of machinery in our domination of nature to weeping for the destruction it has caused in the midst of global warming. When my … Continue reading

Wood Chips Devour the Forest

Global Warming: A Product of Market Forces   Harvey Richards made several forays into the northwest forests with his cameras in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, focusing on, among other things, the immense piles of wood chips looming up … Continue reading

California Flood of 1965

Paying the Price for Clear Cut Logging After years of mechanized, systematic clear cutting of the forests of northern California by large logging corporations, the California flood of 1965 washed logging debris into the rivers and through coastal towns with … Continue reading