Map of Unentered Old Second Growth: Brandon Gulch
and Camp 3
During the five years prior to our lawsuit filed in 2000, the California
Department of Forestry (CDF), the manager of Jackson State Forest,
had concentrated on logging in areas that
haven't been logged in eighty to over 100 years. As a result, only
about 10,000 of the 50,000 acres of Jackson
State still contain unentered old second growth
redwood. See map.
Three proposed logging plans so far halted by our
lawsuits would devastate another thousand acres of the healthiest
and most beautiful part of the forest. Over
50,000 redwoods would be cut and
dragged from the forest. The proposed logging will destroy the
fragile redwood forest ecology re-established by 100 hundred years of
The areas planned to be cut are completely canopied. Underbrush
has been largely shaded out. Ferns and other forest plants intermix
with trees that tower more than 150 feet, creating a natural cathedral.
The soil is stable. No sediment runs into threatened salmon streams.
If CDF is permitted to go forward with these plans, all of these
exceptional environmental and ecological forest values of these will be
The photo journeys show how amazingly beautiful are the recovered
areas of Jackson State Forest. The photos also show the many trees
with blue paint rings in the midst of this splendor -- rings that mark
the trees for the chainsaws.
If you are short on time, check out the photos of
Brandon Gulch. It's beauty took my
The three proposed plans are:
- Brandon Gulch, 540 acres, 10-12 million board feet
to be logged
- Camp 3, 366 acres, 6 million board feet to be logged
- Parlin Creek, 251 acres, 9 million board feet to be
All three of the pending harvest plans for Jackson State are within
this "heart of the forest." If allowed to be carried out, the plans will
destroy 10 to 20 percent of the remaining mature forest in a single year!
It's already too late to stop the logging of the old second growth in
Hare Creek, the closest part of Jackson State Forest to Fort Bragg. This
plan, approved in 1999, is now going on. Photos of this logging operation
shows what lies in store for the remaining majestic stands of mature
redwood in Jackson State -- unless we raise our voices loudly enough to
make the state government change the mission of the
forest from logging to restoration..