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Press Release

Court Stops Logging

April 26, 2001                                    For Immediate Release

Campaign contact: Vince Taylor (707) 937-3001, or Sephe Fox (707) 964-5800

Legal contact: Paul Carroll (650) 322-5652

Court Halts Logging in Jackson State Forest

April 26, Ukiah. The Superior Court of Mendocino County today stopped Jackson State Forest from logging two pending timber sales. The sales would have logged 900 acres of old second growth redwood in the largest forest owned by the state. The court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in response to a request by the Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest, which has a suit pending to halt any further sales until a new management plan is approved for the Forest. A hearing on a Preliminary Injunction was set for May 4.

According to the Campaignís suit, California Board of Forestry regulations require that logging in state forests be done under a "current management plan." Jackson Forestís management plan was last revised in 1983. By its own terms, the 1983 plan was to have "a major review at the midpoint of its effective period (1987), and be completely revised in 1992."   Neither was done.

The suit asserts that any further logging based on the old management plan not only violates the Board of Forestry mandate but ignores important science developed since 1983. Apparently the California Department of Forestry (CDF), which manages Jackson State, agrees with the latter contention. A 1999 News Release of CDF states, "A new [management] plan is needed to bring the existing plan up-to-date recognizing new scientific information about the relationship of forest management to endangered species (primarily coho salmon, spotted owl, and marbled murrelet) and water quality protection." The old management plan predated the disciplines of conservation biology and landscape ecology, both of which emerged during the past 15 years specifically to address the loss of species due to landscape alteration and destruction.