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Outdated management practices at
Jackson State Demonstration Forest cited
May 22, 2001
By MIKE GENIELLA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
UKIAH -- Citing outdated management practices at Jackson State Demonstration Forest, a
Mendocino County judge has blocked the California Department of Forestry from proceeding
with two disputed logging operations in the 50,000-acre forest.
Superior Court Judge Richard Henderson's ruling released Monday is a setback for CDF,
the state agency responsible for monitoring timber harvest practices on private
timberlands. The agency depends on the logging revenue from Jackson State forest,
estimated to be as high as $10 million in some years, to subsidize its review of
timber-cutting practices in privately owned forests.
While Henderson's ruling specifically applies only to the two state plans in dispute,
representatives for the state agency said Monday it could hold up further logging in the
largest state forest until a newly drafted long-term management plan can be reviewed and
adopted by the state Board of Forestry.
"It's unclear how we are going to proceed," said Helge Eng, a state forestry
spokesman in Sacramento. Eng said the newly drafted management plan, if eventually
adopted, would allow some logging to continue in a forest that the state has used for
research and to demonstrate sustainable logging practices.
Acquired in 1947, the swath of cut-over commercial timberland has been restored under
state ownership to a forest with the highest volume of standing timber on the North Coast.
"Indeed, because of our conservative management practices, Jackson State now
contains the thick, second-growth timber stands our critics seek to protect," said
Eng. He said the state has always followed a practice in the forest of growing more timber
than it cuts.
But Henderson agreed with contentions of some coastal residents who are fighting to
limit state logging in the forest that the existing management plan, first implemented in
1984, is inadequate by today's forestry standards.
"Even a casual review of the plan reveals that the conditions on which it was
developed 18 years ago have changed dramatically," said Henderson. In addition,
Henderson said the state's existing management practices have not kept pace with
developments in science and technology that have occurred in the intervening years.
Henderson said even though the state claimed it would lose substantial revenue needed
to support enforcement of private timberland practices, "the interim harm resulting
from the harvesting operations could be substantial and possible irreparable."
Palo Alto attorney Paul Carroll, who represented the North Coast-based organization
called "Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest," on Monday hailed
Henderson's ruling. "The court has now said the state can no longer ignore its own
laws," said Carroll.
Vince Taylor, an organizer of the citizen group, said Henderson's ruling gives new
impetus to the group's larger effort to "restore Jackson Forest to an old-growth
You can reach Staff Writer Mike Geniella at 462-6578 or e-mail
Logging ban in Mendocino's Jackson
Forest will eliminate state timber sales revenue
May 24, 2001
By MIKE GENIELLA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
State forestry officials warned Tuesday that a broad range of research programs, including
North Coast watershed and salmon studies, are in jeopardy because of a court injunction
blocking logging in Jackson State Demonstration Forest.
Revenue from two planned state timber sales was to cover 42 percent of the state
Department of Forestry's proposed $17.4 million budget for forest improvement programs
next year, according to department spokesman Louis Blumberg.
"If the court injunction isn't lifted, our operations in critical areas will be
significantly curtailed," Blumberg said.
State forestry officials were jarred Monday by a Mendocino County judge's decision to
bar logging in the 50,000-acre state forest pending outcome of the trial of a lawsuit
brought by a local citizens group. Judge Richard Henderson agreed with the group's
complaints that a mandated management plan for the forest was seriously outdated and
failed to take into account the latest developments in science and technology.
In issuing his ruling, Henderson said he was aware of the potential effects from the
loss of logging revenue on state forestry programs. But Henderson said the interim harm
resulting from allowing the logging to proceed "could be substantial and possible
Affected programs include state assistance to private timberland owners, management of
all state forests, the operation of state tree nurseries and a plethora of watershed
initiatives, said Blumberg.
He said another $1.1 million has been targeted for North Coast watershed studies,
$378,000 earmarked for watershed salmon restoration projects, and $1.2 million aimed at
research on tree pests, including sudden oak death syndrome, a fatal disease that is
killing oak trees in a number of North Coast counties.
"These are projects that are aimed at improving the environment," said
Blumberg also took exception to the contention that the state agency responsible for
monitoring timber-cutting practices on private timberlands is using outmoded logging
practices on publicly owned lands.
"We've been in the forefront of forest research. That's specifically what Jackson
State Forest is about," Blumberg said.
Legislation enacted in the late 1940s allowed the CDF to acquire cut-over corporate
timberland and create a state demonstration forest. Blumberg said the law mandates the
agency conduct timber production for commercial purposes and research on timber-growing
techniques in the forest.
"Because of our conservation practices, Jackson State is one of the best-stocked
forests anywhere. But it's a working forest. It isn't supposed to be a park,"
The Mendocino Coast citizens' group, called "Campaign to Restore Jackson State
Redwood Forest," wants to curb state timber sales and shift focus of management
practices to recreation, wildlife and fisheries habitat and education. It seeks a
permanent ban on logging of all mature second-growth timber within the forest boundaries.
You can reach Staff Writer Mike Geniella at 462-6470,or e-mail