CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE
Senator, 2nd District
Representing the North Coast and North Bay Counties of
Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, Sonoma
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: DARBY KERNAN
FEBRUARY 20, 2004
CHESBRO INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON JACKSON STATE FOREST
Sacramento – Working to end the conflict between environmental and
community advocates and the State, Senator Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata) today
introduced legislation that will address sustainable timber production in
Jackson State Forest.
"My goal is to end the stalemate over management and protection of
Jackson State Forest," said Chesbro. "I want to strike a balance between
research and demonstrations on improving forest management practices; the
public's desire to see this great redwood forest restored for its habitat,
watershed and recreation values; and the continuation of timber
SB 1648 will eliminate the present mandate
for maximum timber production, and replace it with multiple values of
conservation, restoration, education, recreation, and forest management
demonstration and research.
Located within a three-hour drive from San Francisco, the scenic
50,000-acre Jackson Demonstration State Forest (Jackson Forest) is the
only publicly-owned redwood forest of significant size between Humboldt
and San Francisco. Jackson was purchased in 1947 to show that a
second-growth redwood forest could eventually become profitable. In more
recent years, Jackson Forest's stated mission has been research and
demonstration to improve timber management practices.
However, environmental and community groups argue that the State has
moved away from its original goal for Jackson Forest and instead use the
proceeds to fund State forestry programs.
"The State's operation of Jackson Forest doesn't make sense," said Paul
Mason, Forestry Representative for the Sierra Club. "They are cutting down
rare mature stands of publicly-owned redwood trees to fund government
programs. They ignore habitat and recreation values important to the
In 2000, a community group, frustrated by the State’s refusal to revise
its management of the forest, turned to the courts. The Campaign to
Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest, filed and won lawsuits that stopped
all logging and required the State to develop a new management plan and
environmental documentation. In 2003, the court found the new
environmental documentation legally inadequate and continued the logging
"We applaud Senator Chesbro for moving to revise the management goals
for Jackson Forest," said Vince Taylor, spokesperson from the Campaign.
"We will keep a close watch as this bill moves through the Legislature."
"It is my hope that through this legislation we can demonstrate that we
can manage forests in a balanced and sustainable manner," Chesbro added.
For more information, please contact:
Paul Mason, Sierra Club at 707-223-1141
Vince Taylor, Campaign to Save Jackson State Redwood Forest at
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