Jackson State Forest is again under attack by the state.
PLEASE JOIN A RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST THE OPENING OF
BIDS AND AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO LOG 15,000 TREES FROM BRANDON GULCH, ONE
OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND ECOLOGICALLY VALUABLE CANYONS OF OUR PUBLIC
The rally will begin at 12:00 noon on Tuesday April
8 at Howard Forest headquarters, approximately
4 miles south of Willits on the east side of Hwy 101 (at the
summit between Willits and Ukiah). Picnic tables are available and music
will be provided. Make a fun time out of displaying your support for
restoring rather than logging our public forest.
Carpools are being arranged. If you can offer a ride or need a ride,
please reply to this email with your location and phone number.
Forests Forever, our San Francisco coalition partner, will hold a
press conference to protest the at the rally. We need at least thirty to
fifty people at the rally to impress the media with the strength of
opposition to state logging plans.
The California Department of Forestry (CDF) is trying to minimize the
publicís ability to protest by moving the bid opening to Howard Forest
from Fort Bragg, where all previous bid openings have occurred. Letís
show CDF that we will not be defeated by their cheap tricks.
The Brandon Gulch logging is only the first salvo in the stateís
attack on our forest. Bids are also being solicited now for logging in
Camp3 in the central recreation area of the forest and adjacent to
Brandon Gulch. The two plans cover 900 acres of 100-year-old redwood
forest. More than 30,000 trees and 20 million board feet of timber will
be taken from the largest area of undisturbed old second growth redwood
forest in Mendocino County.
In the midst of the U.S. attack on Iraq, thinking about anything else
is difficult. But, we canít stand by while our state government destroys
the most precious ecological and recreational part of Jackson State
Forest. Please join us if you possibly can.
For more information, please call Linda Perkins and Bill Heil at
937-0903, Vince Taylor at 937-3001 or Lily Parsons at 964-2352.
on Jackson State logging plans