At the Center of the Universe
At the Center of the Universe...

...stands an enormous island of rock surrounded by a sea of redwood trees and turquoise waters. This is Strawberry Rock, towering 840 feet above Trinidad Bay, just outside the boundary of Redwood National Park in Humboldt County, California. Thousands of local people come here with their friends and family for physical recreation and spiritual health. Unspokenly, Strawberry Rock has been known by many as Humboldt's best-kept secret. Couples have gotten married here, parents have brought their young children, painters have worked from life in the exhillirating fresh air, geo-cache treasures have been left, wildlife clubs have watched birds and felt like them, guitars have been played, new friendships have been made, and a deep sense of place has been awakened in people - this is what the world needs right now. There are many such wonders in the world, I hope, each unique in their geography but each beloved by their community. This community loves Strawberry Rock and its surrounding forest. The majestic boulder being dynamited to make gravel fill for highways, or the trees being killed and sold to profit the shareholders of a corporation, these are ideas we find in contradiction to our deepest values. This website serves as a forum of expression and education surrounding the need for the conservation of this sacred place which is currently under the private ownership of Green Diamond Timber Company.

People of Trinidad, McKinleyville, Blue Lake, Arcata: the center of the universe is in our backyard.
What are we going to do to save it for future generations?

Make your voice heard.
At the Center of the Universe
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The majestic Strawberry Rock.  [12.10.12] * Photo courtesy of the treesitter
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A patch of forest that was previously clearcut on the slope east of Strawberry Rock.  Is this what we want the rest of the forest to become?  [3.22.11] * Courtesy of an anonymous Picasa web album.
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View from Strawberry Rock of the ocean near Trinidad, California.  [2.16.13]
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Visitor atop Strawberry Rock, 840 feet above sea level.  [2.16.13]
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Inside an old clearcut (below the rock on the north side) is nothing but pampas grass, an invasive species that thrives on bare disturbed soils, crowds out other native plant species, is of little use to wildlife, and is very difficult to remove without herbicides.  [2.16.13]
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An old clearcut on the north side of Strawberry Rock:  now there is invasive pampas grass where once there was forest.  [2.16.13]
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View southwest from Strawberry Rock of a surviving stand of large trees surrounded by young even-aged trees.  [2.16.13]
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View of the unbroken forest in front of Strawberry Rock.  [2.10.13]
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The freshest air, the best view, the happiest, healthiest, strongest community - at Strawberry Rock, a place that should have nature conserved and belong to The People rather than an industrial logging corporation. [2.10.13]
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Happy healthy teenagers. [2.10.13]