Google Earth File Against Logging Leads to Support from Al Gore, and Other Anti-Logging Efforts

Santa Cruz Residents Against Logging in Google EarthThe San Jose Mercury News published a story by Scott Herhhold December 3rd on the efforts to stop a logging plan for the Santa Cruz mountains near Los Gatos, California. The efforts to stop the plan by residents in the area got a huge boost after a Google Earth file, created to illustrate the logging plan, was shown to former Vice-President Al Gore who immediately spoke out against the plan. “The proposal is deeply flawed,'” he said. “The commercial logging of these trees simply makes no sense.'” Many of the trees are redwoods.
The Google Earth file was created by a member of the Google Earth team at Google named Rebecca Moore. She lives in the area and created this Google Earth file several months ago. It shows the planned logging area, location of streams and creeks, schools, homes and of course the trees themselves. Using Google Earth to show the beautiful area has been very powerful for stirring debate about the proposal. Powerful enough to get Al Gore to speak against it.
Other people concerned about the effects of logging on the environment have begun creating similar GE illustrations. I recently wrote about the Victorian Rainforest Network’s efforts to show logging plans in Australia. The Wilderness Society in Australia has created GE files illustrating widespread logging plans on the island of Tasmania. And, over a year ago I wrote about researchers who had developed a technique for discovering logging which has been going on in the Amazon underneath the forest canopy using satellite technology.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I saw this file the other day in the Mercury News. The thing that caught my eye was that the file had pictures in it. Of beavers! I had no idea that beavers lived in Lexington Reservoir. Amazing!

  2. Jonathan Braden says:

    I am doing a paper on post-fire logging and wondered if you could help.

  3. People DONT understand that WE HAVE TO HAVE LOGGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it wasnt for logging we wouldnt have houses! toilet paper! paper! and any other wood products!!!! Logging helps wildfires not get started! if we didnt logging we would have old standing timber and if a wildfire started those old trees would get catch on fire faster than you can think!!! envoirmentalists dont have brains!! I very very very dislike those people! LOGGING IS THE FUTURE!! KEEP LOGGING ALIIVE!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

  4. We need logging and logging companies. Many folks do not understand that proper sustainable logging keeps forests healthy and MORE productive. A young tree will not continue to grow under the shade of an old mature tree.
    So what is better letting 4 or more baby trees die for lack of sunlight, or harvesting the big one to permit continued growth?

  5. Danielle & Jenny says:

    We’re doing a project on logging in the forest could you help? If you can Thanx if not 🙁


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