Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement, in recognition of the ten year anniversary of the landmark Headwaters Agreement. Senator Feinstein played a central role in negotiating the agreement that established lasting federal protection for 7,500 acres of ancient redwood trees in Humboldt County.
“The Headwaters Agreement stands the test of time. Anyone who is able to visit this glorious and pristine redwood forest will agree. The soaring height of these ancient trees is startling and awe-inspiring.
Negotiating the Headwaters Agreement ten years ago was one of the most challenging, but rewarding land negotiations of my tenure in the Senate. It took more than 600 hours of contentious negotiations that took place over the course of several months. But finally, we were finally able to craft an agreement between the Pacific Lumber Company, representatives from the Justice Department, the Interior Department, and the State of California.
That agreement ensured the lasting protection of 7,500 acres of magnificent ancient redwoods for all time. It also provided for a 200,000 acre Habitat Conservation Plan and the protection of 11 so-called lesser cathedral groves.
There is no doubt in my mind that these lands would be gone today if we hadn’t been able to negotiate this deal. And today, more than 9,000 visitors per year are able to enjoy this incredible national treasure. I’m very proud of our efforts.”