Longtime California environmentalist Paul Mason sits down with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster for a wide-ranging discussion covering wildfires, the status of California’s forests, Julia Butterfly Hill, John’s 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco and the shifting focus of California’s environmental movement in the face of the global climate change crisis.
Paul has been with the Pacific Forest Trust for the past decade — he’s the vice president for policy and initiatives — and before that affiliation he handled an array of environmental issues.
During the 1990s, Paul was at the epicenter of environmentalists’ efforts to protect the Headwaters Forest, the majestic zone of old-growth redwoods in Humboldt County, and to safeguard the habitat of the spotted owl. Both battles drew international attention.
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