Ten Reasons to Halt Logging in
Jackson State Forest
The Campaign to Restore Jackson
State Redwood Forest has filed suit in Mendocino County Superior Court to
halt logging in Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF). The suit charges
that the California Department of Forestry (CDF), which manages the Forest,
has failed to meet the legal requirements to keep its management plan
"current" and to conduct logging operations in accordance with a "current
The facts in the case are indisputable: CDF last
updated the management plan 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." Thus, for the past
eight years, CDF has been without a current management plan and logging
illegally. State agencies should obey the laws of the state.
The illegality of continued logging is only the first of ten compelling
reasons to halt it:
- It is fiscally irresponsible to log JDSF, which is owned by the
state, while the state is spending hundreds of millions to acquire
private redwood lands to prevent logging on them.
- There is no rush to log JDSF. The logs will be there next year if not
cut this year, and they will be bigger and more valuable. CDF has
promised a new management plan by next year.
- If CDF had preserved the old-growth trees it inherited in Jackson
Forest, rather than logging them at the first opportunity, they would
have a present market value of one billion dollars – almost 200
times what was received. Sales of old second growth will prove to be
equally financially foolish.
- The revenues being generated by logging of JDSF go into a special
state fund that subsidizes forest practices of private timber owners. The
public forest is being cut down to benefit private owners of forestland.
- The next logging is scheduled to take place in the middle of the most
popular camping and education area of the Forest, along roads that fork
off from the egg-taking station.
- CDF’s pending plans will destroy sections of the forest that haven’t
been logged for eighty to over 100 years, sections that are of great
value for habitat, recreation, and education.
- The cut-heavy 1983 management plan is out of touch with present
realities and science. Industrial timberlands are cut over, the region’s
salmon streams and salmon fleet are both nearly defunct, and
redwood-dependent species are endangered.
- CDF’s own advisory committee has recommended that large areas of the
forest be devoted to restoration of old growth and habitat for endangered
species, with no logging.
- CDF’s failure to update the management plan has denied the public any
influence on policies governing JDSF since 1983. No further logging
should take place until the people of California have had a chance to
express their current opinions about proper use of JDSF, including the
Campaign’s proposal to restore Jackson Forest for habitat, recreation,
The Board of Forestry has the power to order a halt in logging. You can
help enormously. E-mail the Board,
CDF, and the governor. Tell them you want a halt in logging until a new
management plan is approved. Cite any of the reasons above, or just
let them know your feelings about Jackson State.
Vince Taylor, June 19, 2000
E-Mail the Board of Forestry, CDF and
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