|The Mendocino Working
Group came together in August 2007. It consisted of four senior people
from the timber industry - Mike Anderson of Anderson Logging, Bruce Burton
of Willits Redwood Mill, Art Harwood of Harwood Products, Mike Jani of
Mendocino Redwood Company - Kathy Bailey of the Sierra Club, and Vince
Taylor of the Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest.
The group was formed in response to an
offer to the Campaign from the Director of CDF, Ruben Grijalva, to
cooperate in trying to reach a consensus on a new management plan for
Jackson State Forest. The group's goal was to reach such a consensus among
themselves. Through concerted effort and the help of a skilled
facilitator, Steve Zuieback,
the group did reach consensus and published its report in November 2006.
report and a series of follow-on letters were the basis for the
development of a new "Alternative G" for the Jackson Forest management
plan that incorporated the central recommendations of the working group.
Key among these recommendations was a 3-year interim period of restricted
harvesting during which an advisory committee would develop a long-term
landscape plan for the forest and recommend changes in the management plan
to implement its plan.