Outreach/Communications Plan (DRAFT)
JDSF Outreach/Communications Plan
Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) is a multiple use forest,
providing a broad range of resource and social values to the public. The
2002 Management Plan provides detailed descriptions and the management
strategies that are to be used to enhance those values, addressing
watersheds, wildlife and fish habitat, recreation, and timber growth and
yield. The Management Plan also provides direction for public and
professional education and feedback in the adaptive management process.
The following highlights both existing and new initiatives that JDSF will
use to enhance participation of all interests in JDSF management.
Initiatives for increased public participation:
- Schedule at least two to four public meetings annually. These
forums will also serve as an opportunity for dialogue between forest
managers and the public. One will be held in early spring to provide a
forum to present what timber harvests, research projects, and other
significant Forest activities are anticipated during the year. At least
one more public meeting will be held in the early-late fall. All forums
will be used as an opportunity to provide information regarding
monitoring results and implementation of adaptive management measures
taken consistent with the Management Plan.
- Develop and maintain a link from the CDF website to a JDSF webpage.
CDF will investigate opportunities for electronic forums to respond to
questions the public may have regarding JDSF activities.
- The new JDSF Management Plan calls for implementation of user and
county wide surveys during each planning period to provide public input
for utilizing JDSF for special events and provide for increased
integration of the Recreation Program with timber management, resource
protection, demonstration and education, and the neighboring community.
- As funding is available, the Director’s State Forest Advisory
Committee will meet at least once per year in the Mendocino County area
and include a public forum in the meeting structure.
- Provide periodic guest editorials to the Ukiah, Mendocino, Willits
and Santa Rosa newspapers. The authors will be rotated among subject
matter experts. The editorial should be approximately 500 words on a
variety of topics selected by JDSF and Sacramento management.
- As funding and staff is available, JDSF will sponsor regular woods
tours, open to the general public and led by a JDSF professional
forester, to learn more of JDSF resources and activities through on the
- JDSF will take input and suggestions throughout the year from any
community sponsored advisory groups. JDSF staff is open to meeting with
such groups at their request.
Ongoing efforts include:
- Field trips: JDSF is open to requests for field trips and provides
field trips regularly to all levels of educational institutions, groups
of natural resource professionals, and other groups such as CNPS,
industrial landowners, and mycological collectors.
- JDSF management regularly attends meetings of the Mendocino County
Forest Advisory Committee to provide information regarding JDSF
- JDSF mails a notice of its intent to prepare a THP to all persons
owning property within 300 feet of the boundary of the proposed THP
area. Included in the notice is an offer for JDSF representatives to
meet with the property owner on the ground to discuss the proposed
activity and concerns of the neighbor.
- Periodic research forums (e.g., 1998 Conference on Coastal
Watersheds: The Caspar Creek Story).
- Production of research reports (note: The State Forest Program is
developing a Strategic Plan for Research and Outreach for
presentation to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in late
summer or early fall of 2003 which will provide more detailed standards
for dissemination of information from research efforts.)
- CDF, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, UC Berkeley, Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo, and Humboldt State University, has embarked on
development of a network of forest learning centers which will be
available to students, educators, scientists, and the public where
forest ecology, management principles, and forest watershed sciences
can be taught, studied, and monitored.
- Forest Newsletter (at least one/year) on current activities.
In addition to all of the above, JDSF staff is generally available to
the public at the Forest Headquarters in Fort Bragg. Also, staff will
continue to be available for visits to schools, meetings, and other
forums (see attached Research, Education, and Demonstration (READ) report
for examples of just one year’s contacts).