2003. The California Department of Forestry (CDF) is moving to start
massive logging of Brandon Gulch in Jackson State Forest. Brandon Gulch
contains some of the forest’s oldest undisturbed second-growth groves, a
native coho salmon stream, and one of Jackson State’s best hiking trails.
The state has solicited bids to log over eight million board feet of
trees in Brandon Gulch and plans to award the contract on April 8.
A protest rally and
press conference will be held at the bid
opening for Brandon Gulch on April 8.
An earlier attempt by the state to log this hundred-year old
undisturbed section of Jackson State was halted by a Campaign lawsuit in
2001. In the intervening months, CDF and the Board of Forestry received
more than 4800 letters opposed to continued industrial logging of Jackson
The Brandon Gulch logging is only the first salvo in the state’s
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
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
The recently approved management plan calls for cutting 31 million
board feet PER YEAR out of Jackson State. As the Brandon Gulch
and Camp 3 plans
show, the oldest and best forest will be targeted first.
The Campaign is requesting that CDF defer the Brandon Gulch and any
other logging plans until our pending lawsuit is decided (see "EIR
Lawsuit Hearing Set"). If CDF refuses and awards a logging contract in
Jackson State, the Campaign can file to enjoin logging until the court
rules on our lawsuit. Whether or not the court will agree is uncertain.
In making Brandon Gulch its first logging site under its new
management plan, CDF is ignoring requests and advice from a broad
spectrum of the public, the environmental community, the Department of
Fish and Game, as well as its own Jackson State advisory group. All of
these emphasized the ecological and recreational value of the remaining
10,000 acres of old second growth in Jackson State and asked that these
acres, at a minimum, be set aside for restoration to old growth.
CDF’s move to log Brandon Gulch is driven by a need for money to fund
state forestry programs. Unfortunately for Jackson State and the public,
CDF and the legislature in the past decided to make profits from logging
Jackson State the primary source of funding for a variety of state
forestry programs – including subsidies to private timber owners and
urban tree planting. In this year of massive state deficit, the state
evidently feels it has "no alternative" other than to cut down our
Brandon Gulch and
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