Restore Jackson State
244 N. Franklin Street
P.O. Box 1789
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
[Sent individually to all members of the Board of Forestry, and to Members of the State Forest Advisory Committee]
July 26, 2001
California Board of Forestry
1416 9th Street, Room 1506-14
P.O. BOX 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Fax: (916) 653-0989
Re: Authorizing continued logging in Jackson State Forest
Dear Chairman Dixon,
Attached is a paper containing three CDF documents that bear importantly on CDF’s request to authorize continued logging in Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) under the 1983 Management Plan. These documents show that as far back as 1994, the senior staff of JDSF felt that the 1983 Plan did "not reflect current legal, social, or economic concerns," and even more damning, that it reflected "policies from the dark ages of American Forestry." What was inadequate and out of date in 1994 is obviously far more so today.
The CDF documents substantiate what Judge Henderson said in his decision granting the Preliminary Injunction, "Even a casual review of the Plan reveals that the conditions on which it was developed eighteen years ago have changed dramatically."
Authorizing continued logging under a plan that CDF staff has acknowledged is out of date is clearly contrary to the public interest, as well as illegal under CEQA. There is no way of telling what currently constitutes appropriate timber harvesting until the management plan is brought up to date.
I have listened to tape of the July 12 meeting of the BOF. The testimony makes transparently obvious that the Board actions on Jackson State Forest are happening now in such a rush in order to put money into the Forest Resources Improvement Fund (FRIF). The protestations of many Board members and Director Tuttle to the contrary rang hollow – "I fear thou dost protest too much."
In considering whether to authorize continued logging, you should not be swayed by the financial plight that CDF has brought on itself. As one of the enclosed documents shows, CDF knew in 1995 of the danger of a legal challenge to continued timber harvesting under the outdated 1983 Management Plan. It chose to ignore these warnings. By the year 2000, it still had not issued a revised management plan. It made no budget contingency plans after the suit against it was filed in June of 2000, almost a year before the Preliminary Injunction was issued. The blame for the current budget crisis lies squarely on CDF. The Board is being asked to cooperate in circumventing a court order issued to protect the natural resources, including wildlife and wildlife habitat, of Jackson State Forest. The court found that further logging in Jackson State under the existing management plan would be likely to cause substantial and possibly irreparable environmental harm.
If the Board agrees to the requested actions, it will be sanctioning "substantial and possibly irreparable harm" to the environment. In so doing, it will demonstrate contempt for the court and the environmental laws of the state. Ultimately, the actions will be proven illegal. Save everyone the time and expense of a lawsuit. Do what is right. Deny CDF’s request.
Encl.: "Documents obtained from Jackson State Forest …"
CC: Virginia Strom-Martin, Wes Chesbro, Paul Carroll