2002. The Board of Forestry approved the Management Plan, but with
conditions that amounted to a stinging rebuke of CDF.
2002. The Campaign and Forests Forever
filed a legal challenge
against the EIR for
September, 2002. CDF approved the EIR and adopted a final
management plan. Details.
Comments on the EIR
Earlier Developments and
On June17, 2002, the California Department
of Forestry (CDF) released a Draft Management Plan and accompanying Draft
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Jackson State Forest.
Comments were accepted until July 19, 2002.
The issuance of the
draft EIR and Management Plan were a direct result of the
lawsuit filed by the Campaign in
2000, eight years after the previous management plan expired. The
lawsuit halted all new logging in the forest, forcing CDF to finally
issue the new plan and EIR.
Despite CDF's efforts to restrict comment
(by prohibiting emails and faxes, charging $75 for a copy of the EIR, and refusing to place
free copies in the San Francisco area), 4800
people wrote comments opposing CDF's plans to
clearcut one-half of the forest, cut the oldest unentered second-growth
stands, provide minimal stream protection, authorize use of
herbicides, and defer development of a plan for recreation.
addition to general public comment, many experts submitted comments
documenting serious errors and omissions in the EIR and Management Plan.
If you have time to review a few of these
comments, you will understand why it is so important to prevent CDF
from implementing its proposed management plan.
step is for CDF to respond to all of the comments received. These
responses will be contained in a proposed final EIR. If significant
changes are made in the Plan or EIR, it must by law be circulated for an
additional comment period. If CDF does not consider any changes
significant, it can certify the EIR and request the Board of Forestry to
approve its management plan.
The EIR can be legally
challenged within 30 days after it is certified. The Campaign to Restore
Jackson State Redwood Forest will carefully review the final EIR to
determine if it meets the legal requirements of the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, pronounced "SEE KWA").
the comment period is now
closed, you may want to know more about the EIR
and management plan, the commenting process, and what is at stake. You
can review our information on
the EIR, Management Plan, and the comment process. Recognize that the comment period is closed.
legislators received copies of their constituents comments
opposing the large-scale logging of California's largest State Forest.
The Campaign and its coalition partner, Forest's Forever will continue
efforts to educate the state legislature and and administration about the
benefits of restoring the forest for habitat, recreation, education, and