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Immediate Action Needed
On Wednesday, November 6, 2002 the Board of
Forestry will vote on approval of the CDF management plan for Jackson
State Forest. Send
a letter to the BOF urging deferral of approval.
CDF completely ignored the 4800 people who wrote to
oppose its plan for large-scale commercial logging of the publicís
redwood forest. Less than 50 people wrote in support of the plan.
Yet, the plan that CDF is asking the Board of Forestry to approve will
clearcut half the forest, log tens of thousands of redwoods every year,
and assign the highest priority to logging the remaining 10,000 acres of
forest that has been recovering for 100 years. We canít let this contempt
for the public go unchallenged!
The Campaign has written a
letter to the Board detailing the many
reasons to defer approval.
How You Can Help
- Send a Letter:
Take a moment now to send a letter to the Board of Forestry urging
them to defer approval of the management plan for Jackson State Forest.
It's easy and quick. We've prepared a letter that
you can edit or send as is with just a few keystrokes.
- Attend the Board Meeting:
There are strong reasons other than CDFís contempt for the public for
the Board to defer approval. The Campaign has
detailed these in a letter to the Board. Campaign members will be at the Board meeting to
explain these reasons in person. A strong public showing at the Board
will place additional pressure on the Board to act responsibly. Please
attend if you can reasonably do so:
Wednesday, November 6, 2002 at 8:00 AM
State Office Building No. 9, Auditorium
744 P Street
Earlier News and Actions
In a typical effort to exclude public input, CDF
certified the final EIR on September 26, 2002 and issued its final
management plan on September 30. Only 3 working days later (on
October 3), the plan was brought before the Board of Forestry for its
required approval. The meeting was held in Lake Tahoe, five hours from
Mendocino County where the forest is located.
Quick work by the Campaign alerted members, who
flooded the Board with emails opposing such precipitous action.
This public outpouring, together with the reluctance to two new Board
members to vote on a plan that they had not had a chance to review,
caused the board to defer action until the meeting on November 6. In
approving the delay, the Board reached a "mutual understanding" that
public comment in the November meeting would be restricted to narrow
comments on final amendments to the plan.
Indicative of the willingness of the Board of
Forestry to rubber stamp whatever CDF presents it, without providing the
deliberation and independent judgment mandated by law, the Board was
ready to proceed on October 3 even though the Board was given twenty
pages of amendments to the final plan the afternoon of October 2. The
public did not see the version given to Board until the day of the