Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group to Meet April 3-4 in Ft. Bragg

The Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) Advisory Group will meet April 3 and 4 at the College of the Redwoods, 1211 Del Mar Drive.  The meeting will be in Room 114 in Building 100, which is the main campus building.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd.  On the 4th, the meeting is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting.  

 The meeting includes sessions of the Advisory Groupís Landscape, Research and Monitoring, and Economics Committees.  These committees are developing recommendations on a long-term landscape and research plan for JDSF. Key questions are how much of the forest should be put on a path toward older forest conditions, how the forest should be managed for a wide variety of conditions to provide opportunities for research and wildlife habitat, and what types of harvesting methods should be used.

 Starting at 10 a.m. on the 3rd, there will be reports and discussion from three of the Advisory Group committees:  Landscape, Research and Monitoring, and Economics.  There also will be an information item on current timber market economics, particularly as relevant to planned harvesting on JDSF.  At 12:45 p.m., Rob York, PhD, manager of the University of California, Berkeley, Blodgett Forest will give a talk on the operation of that research forest.  At 3:00 p.m., there will be breakout sessions of the Landscape, Research and Monitoring, and Economics Committees.   An opportunity for public comment on any topic regarding JDSF is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.  

On the 4th, the Advisory Group will hear and discuss a report from the Recreation Committee at 8:30 a.m.  This committee has been working closely JDSF staff on the establishment of a Recreation Task Force that will provide input to the Forest on recreation issues.  CAL FIRE staff will provide updates on various recent JDSF management activities at 9:00.  At 9:30, there will be additional breakout sessions of the Landscape, Research and Monitoring, and Economics Committees.  At noon, there will be a lunch break, and some Advisory Group members may take a field tour of the Caspar Creek Research Watershed.  Members of the public are welcome to attend this field tour, but must provide their own transportation.  At 12:45, the meeting will continue with further committee breakouts or full Group discussions.  At 3:00, the JAG will discuss next steps for making progress in completing their Work Plan.  An additional opportunity for public comment on any topic regarding JDSF is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Official Agenda