Corporate Logging: After Us, the Desert and the Deluge
Harvey Richards photographed logging in the forests of western California and Oregon in the 1960’s and 1970’s when the last great stands of old growth redwood forests were logged out. Harvey Richards grew up in rural Oregon, descended from people who had worked in farming and mining for three generations before him.
His love of the forests of the West led to four forestry videos exposing the wasteful and devastating logging practices of major corporations in northern California and Oregon during the 1960s and 1970s. The Stump Makers, Wasted Woods, and Vanishing Redwoods. He widened his frame to include logging practices around the nation in Timber Tigers.
He captured images of giant logs filling lumber mill yards, scenes that will never be seen again. He photographed the giant haulers and loaders designed for these magnificent trees, now gone, along with the lumber mills and mill towns that grew up to harvest them. When the loggers moved on to new forests to clear cut, Harvey photographed the devastation left behind. He followed the logging trucks into the coastal towns and photographed immense lumber mills along the rivers with their vast capacity to mill logs into lumber and to move it to domestic and foreign markets. In short he captured a peak moment in the history of extractive and wasteful logging practices that is gone forever and that has left a permanent mark on our planet, something that Judi Barri termed “Ripping the lungs out of the planet.”
Photo Image Galleries
In addition to the four films, Harvey Richards photography of forests and clear cutting is presented in five photo image galleries.
The five galleries are: Paying the Price for Clear Cut Logging, Wood Chips Devour the Forest, Giant Machinery Devours the Forest, The Last Giant Redwoods Come Down, and Clear Cutting Devastates Forests.