July 9, 2001

Mr. Stan Dixon
Vice Chair, Board of Forestry
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

I write to urge the Board of Forestry (Board) to refrain from voting on agenda items 7 and 8 of the Board's July 10-12, 2001 meeting until the Board meets closer to Mendocino County, the language of the resolution referenced in item 8 has been made available to interested parties, and the community has had an opportunity to comment on the items.

Items 7 and 8 directly relate to Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) in Mendocino County, a controversial subject for the community. While the residents may not agree on the forest's objective, they do prefer to have an active role in influencing the forest's future

Many residents will not be able to attend the Board meeting in San Bernardino to participate in the discussion. San Bernardino is a long trek from Mendocino and a nearly impossible one for many Mendocino residents to make during the workweek an short notice. Additionally, the resolution language was not available as of Friday, July 7, 2001, making public input impossible.

This inability to effectively comment on the agenda items will be a disservice to the public process because residents are intimately aware of the forest and it's role in the community and can provide an important perspective. Their voices should be heard before any decision is made.

Please consider holding the vote on the discussed items until a meeting can be held closer to the affected community and interested parties have time to digest and comment on the issues. Thank you for your consideration of this request. If you have any questions, please call me at 916-319-2001.

Sincerely

Virginia Strom-Martin
Assemblymember, First District
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cc: Ross Johnson, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Vince Taylor, Jackson Forest Restoration Campaign