June 13, 2000
For Immediate Release
Vince Taylor 707 937-3001
Steve Antler 707.964.5800
The Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest filed suit today to
make the California Department of Forestry (CDF) follow its own laws and
halt logging in Californiaís biggest state forest, a 50,000-acre treasure
located in western Mendocino County.
The suit filed this week in Mendocino County Superior Court charges that
the stateís logging operations in Jackson Demonstration State Forest are
illegal. Board of Forestry regulations require all logging in state forests
be done under a "current management plan." Jackson Forestís management plan
was last revised in 1983 and is now eight years past its 1992 revision
While CDF continues to run Jackson Forest under its cut-heavy 1983 plan,
times have changed drastically. Industrial timberlands are cut over, and
the regionís salmon streams and salmon fleet are both nearly defunct.
Compared to the heavily logged industrial timberland that surrounds it,
Jackson Forest remains a large habitat where thousands of forest species
can not only be preserved but could thrive. The Campaign to Restore Jackson
Redwood Forestís suit demands that all logging there stop until CDFís
management plan is updated.
The Campaign to Restore Jackson Redwood Forest is an organization of
local residents formed to make restoration, education and recreation the
main purposes of the Forest.
According to Steve Antler, Campaign Director, "CDF is logging tens of
thousands of trees every year in this publicly owned redwood forest under a
management plan prepared when conditions and scientific knowledge were very
different. Today we know that trees near streams and large areas of
contiguous forest need to be preserved to provide sanctuary for endangered
species. Jackson State Forest is uniquely capable of filling these critical
needs, as well as of providing outstanding recreation for Californiaís
growing population. The 1983 management plan gave no consideration to these
factors. Continued logging under this outdated plan is clearly illegal and
contrary to the public interest."