|The Campaign needs letters to the
Press Democrat asking for accurate and objective reporting on Jackson
State Forest and the Campaign's positions. Please help. If you don't have
time to write a personal letter, please take a moment to
send a prepared (editable) letter.
On July 17, the Press Democrat (PD) published
a story on Jackson State Forest by Mike
Geniella, staff reporter. This story contained a number of
inaccuracies and omissions and was slanted in favor of CDF. This is only
the latest in a long-standing pattern of biased reporting on Jackson State
I wrote the
senior editors of the PD to ask for accurate and objective reporting
on Jackson State Forest in the future.
I enclosed a very slightly edited version of
Mr. Geniella's story. I merely corrected some inaccuracies, added a
bit of our side of the story, and changed the subhead and lead paragraph.
Comparing the two stories, you
can see that these few changes cast the story and the Campaign in a very
How to Help
The most effective help is a personal letter
handwritten or typed and mailed to the Executive Editor. The same personal
letter e-mailed will be second in effectiveness. If you don't have time to
write a personal letter, you can quickly and easily send a prepared
You can take points from
my letter to the editors, you
can add your own concerns, and you can take one or two points from
those given below. Emphasize the importance of Jackson State Forest
to you personally, the people of Sonoma County, and all of California.
Don't spend time criticizing the past article. Stress the positives of the
Campaign's goals, and ask for fair and accurate reporting in the future.
Mail your letters to:
Catherine Barnett, Executive Editor
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
P.O. Box 910
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
You may also fax your letter to 707 521-5330.
fax a prepared letter to the Press Democrat.
Points about Jackson State, the Campaign, and
- Despite being the largest State Forest,
50,000-acre Jackson State Forest is known by very few people.
- The California Department of Forestry (CDF),
which manages Jackson State, historically generated profits for its
programs of $10-$15 million per year from logging Jackson.
- As noted in
article in the Press Democrat, the redwood timber industry on the
North Coast is almost gone – down 80 percent in Mendocino County in
thirteen years. Tourism, vineyards, and small businesses have replaced
timber production. The people now living in this region want and deserve
to have the goals for our largest public forest re-evaluated.
- Until the Campaign started in 2000, CDF was the
sole source on information on Jackson Forest. To keep its industrial
logging of the public forest out of the public eye, CDF provided little
public information, and what was provided was self-serving and
inaccurate. There is a great need for accurate reporting about this very
large, publicly owned redwood forest.
- Jackson State Forest is owned by all of the
people of California
- Jackson State is the largest public redwood
forest between Humboldt County and San Francisco.
- There are no large protected redwood forests in
Mendocino or Sonoma County.
- Nearly 5,000 people wrote the state supporting
the Campaign's goal: restoring Jackson State to old growth for habitat,
recreation, education and research. Only 49 people wrote in support of
the proposed management plan.
- The new CDF management plan for Jackson State
will use variations of clearcutting on half of the forest. It has no
recreation plan. It will log the area of the forest with the highest
recreation use and greatest ecological values.
- Jackson State Forest is public land and should be
managed to the highest practical environmental standards.
- The environmental impact report (EIR), which the
Campaign is challenging, contains no cumulative impacts analysis, does
not consider the regional setting, and is based on flawed inventory
estimates. Any one of these make the EIR legally defective.
- The Campaign does not oppose all logging in
Jackson State. It opposes logging to generate revenue for the state
forestry programs. It favors logging that will enhance the recovery of
mature redwood ecology and that does not deteriorate streams or
If you don't have time to create your own letter,
you can fax a prepared (editable)
letter in less than a minute of your time. Please do at least this if
you are in the Press Democrat distribution area.
Thank you for your help.