Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest
July 10, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vince Taylor, Ph.D.
Paul Carroll (legal) (650) 322-5652
Appeals Court Extends Logging Halt in Jackson State Forest
Action supports petition brought by the Campaign to Restore Jackson
State Redwood Forest
July 10, San Francisco. The state’s efforts to fund
its forestry programs by industrial logging of Jackson State Forest
suffered a serious setback today. The First District Court of Appeals
extended at least until August 20 a previously issued the stay in logging
in Jackson State Forest. Further, it’s brief but strong order indicated
that it was preparing to act in favor of a request made by the Campaign to
Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest to overturn a decision by a Mendocino
Superior Court to allow logging to begin in Jackson Forest.
The appeals court removed the case from the
jurisdiction of the Mendocino Court. It set a hearing on August 20 for the
California Department of Forestry (CDF) and involved timber companies to
"to show cause before this court … why a peremptory writ [injunction]
should not issue." It has already reviewed briefs by all of the involved
parties. The action today indicates that CDF’s chances of prevailing are
Vince Taylor, Executive Director of the Campaign to
Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest, said, "This is a very strong order.
The appeals court has removed the case from Mendocino’s Judge Henderson
and taken it into its own hands. This is a definite sign of the court’s
disagreement with Henderson’s handling of our Preliminary Injunction
"The court appears to be taking great pains to
protect the public forest. The date of the appeals court hearing is two
weeks after the last hearing on our EIR case in Mendocino court (August
7). Even if Judge Henderson were to decide to let logging go forward
immediately after the August 7 hearing, it could not. We would have time
to appeal while logging was still enjoined by the appeals court.
"The appeals court has acted unusually strongly.
Why? Because our case is not about a private timber operation. It is about
our public redwood forest, a special and rare forest, owned by the people
of California. Today’s action indicates the court agrees that Jackson
Forest deserves the highest standards of environmental protection, that
CDF has failed utterly to provide even the minimum protection required by
law, and that supporting the private Mendocino timber industry is not
reason to ignore legally mandated environmental protection for the public
Text of the Order of July 10, 2003 by the First
District Court of Appeals:
RPI [Real Parties in Interest] to show cause before this court on
8-20-03 @ 9:30 a.m. why a peremptory writ should not issue. RPI's
opposition shall serve as the return. The stay order issued on 6-17-03
shall remain in effect subject to further order of this court and
pending determination of the petition on file herein.
The timber harvest plans (THPs) being pursued in
Jackson State are named Brandon Gulch and Camp 3. Together they cover 900
acres of 100-year old undisturbed second growth in the heart of the
recreation area of Jackson State. The plans would cut 35,000 trees and 20
million board feet of timber. The timber mills who have contracted for the
timber are Mendocino Forest Products and Willits Redwood Company.