Jackson Demonstration State Forest
a Tale of Self-Serving Fictions, Ecological Destruction, Lies, Lawbreaking, Broken Public Trust, Greed, Gross Mis-Management, and Contempt for the Public

Footnotes, Endnotes, and Reference Links


[1] The California Department of Forestry (CDF) is the forestry division of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, commonly called Cal Fire. Forestry is a small part of Cal Fire. I use CDF, except when referring to the Director of Cal Fire, to emphasize that only Forestry and not Fire Protection is involved with management of JDSF.

[2] Although JDSF cited the 1996 figure as an inventory "measurement," it was a computer-model projection of the 1989 inventory. In 1999, they reduced the inventory estimate almost back to the 1989 number.

[3] Judge Henderson's decision summary should be required reading for everyone concerned about Jackson State Forest. He castigates CDF for its failure to follow the "clear legislative directives" for preparing an EIR. He properly blames CDF for the losses suffered by the local timber industry and the management of Jackson State Forest.

[4]  Vince Taylor, 2011-09-05 Resignation Taylor to BOF.pdf  The summary of events following draws heavily upon my resignation letter to the Board of Forestry. The letter contains more details.

[5] Art Harwood of Harwood Mills, Mike Jani of Mendocino Redwoods, Bruce Burton of Willits Redwood, and Mike Anderson of Anderson Logging.

[6] JAG members: Anderson, Mike, CEO Anderson Logging, Licensed Timber Operator; Bailey, Kathy, Sierra Club; Braudrick, Peter, Recreation/Community; Gill, Linwood, Registered Professional Forester; Helms, John, UC Berkeley, ESPM; Jani, Mike, CEO Mendocino Redwood Co.; Liquori, Mike, Sound Watershed Consulting; Melo, Jere, Former Head of Georgia Pacific Fort Bragg Mill, Registered Professional Forester; Perkins, Linda, Conservation/Community; Porter, Daniel, Save the Redwoods League; Taylor, Vince, Campaign to Restore Jackson Redwood Forest; Tilley, Forest, Former JDSF staff, Registered Professional Forester; Valentine, Brad, Department of Fish and Game.


  1. Vince Taylor, 1995-03 Newsletter-text recognized.pdf
  2. 2021-05-06 Helge Eng Email Response to J O'Brien.pdf

  3.  1997 - Richard Wilson, Forever Redwood - Jackson State Forest Example.pdf
  4. 1942-11 E Fritz - Proposed System of State Forests.pdf

  5. 1945_Forestry-Activities029.pdf, a reference text on www.calfirehistory.com

  6. 1942-Fritz, Suggested Purchase Areas.pdf

  7. 1947 RESOLUTION OF STATE FOREST PURCHASE COMMITTEE to purchase Caspar Lumber Company Land.pdf

  8. 1997 - Richard Wilson, Forever Redwood - Jackson State Forest Example.pdf

  9. Richard Wilson, Fort Bragg Advocate News, October 23, 1997. (Article unavailable)

  10. Cited in 1998-04-22 Letter to Richard Wilson from Vince Taylor - JDSF inventory growth.pdf

  11. Eng_2015_Jackson Demonstration State Forest, California, United States of America.pdf

  12. JDSF OptionA_20141022 PL signed.pdf, p 8.

  13. Richard Wilson, Forever Redwood, op. cit.

  14. Caspar500_20200505_1-20-00006MEN_Sec1-6_Searchable.pdf, p. 104.

  15. 2002 EIR comments by taylor_final.pdf, p. 24.

  16. 2008 Final_JDSF_FMP_Master_012808_HE.pdf

  17. 2011-01-18_JAG Final Report.pdf, p.4

  18. Cited in 1998-04-22 Letter to Richard Wilson from Vince Taylor - JDSF inventory growth.pdf

  19. Ibid.

  20. 2002 EIR comments by taylor_final.pdf, p.29.

  21. This chapter draws upon an expanded history of the transfer: Vince Taylor, State Plans Illegal Logging, October 2021.

  22. National Historic Landmark Nomination for the Mendocino Woodlands Recrational Demonstration Area, p.40.

  23. Ibid, p. 36

  24. Resettlement Administration, Division of Information, Press Release, December 16, 1935. Entry 47, RDA Program Files, 1934-1937, RG 79, National Archives, Washington, DC; cited in National Historic Landmark Nomination., op. cit., p. 48

  25. Davidson, C. Girard Federal Assistant Secretary of the Interior 1946-10-31, letter to Warren T. Hannum, Director, Department of Natural Resources, State of California.

  26. Carroll, Paul 1998-07-31 letter on behalf of the Big River Watershed Council to Douglas Wheeler, Director of Resources and James Branham, Chief Deputy Director of Resources

  27. Roosevelt vetoed the 1939 bill, but the only changes made from the initial bill in the version passed in 1942 related to ensuring the federal government would have no continuing responsibilities or liabilities and that the transfers would need Presidential approval. House of Representatives, Report No. 248, Authorizing The Disposition Of Recreational Demonstration Projects, March 13, 1941.

  28. All information in this paragraph is from C. Girard Davidson papers, 1934-1980, University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.

  29. https://www.jacksonforest.com/Lawsuit/lawsuit_top.htm

  30. https://www.jacksonforest.com/Lawsuit_EIR/Press_Releases/logging_stay.htm

  31. Ibid.

  32. Henderson, Richard J., Judge of the Superior Court, 2003-07-30 Decision Summary

  33. www.jacksonforest.com/Publications/General/cdf_legal_record.htm

  34. Vince Taylor, Logging in Excess of Allowable Cuts 6.pdf

  35. Personal communication with Monroe Robinson, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee

  36. Vince Taylor, 2011-09-05 Resignation Taylor to BOF.pdf  The summary of events following draws heavily upon my resignation letter to the Board of Forestry. The letter contains more details.

  37. Jackson Advisory Group, A Vision for the Future, January 15, 2011.

  38. John Helms email to George Gentry, Executive Officer of the Board of Forestry, and Russ Henly, Cal Fire Assistant Deputy Director for Resources, May 9, 2011. Mr. Helms explicitly requested, I would appreciate your sharing these remarks with Board Chairman Dixon.

References for Oldest Second Growth Stands in Jackson Forest Slated for Illegal Logging

  1. US Congress, An Act to authorize the disposition of recreational demonstration projects, June 6, 1942.pdf

  2. Page, John The Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Park Service, 1933-1942:  An Administrative History, National Park Service, 1985.

  3. Swain, Donald C. The National Park Service and the New Deal, 1933-1940, Pacific Historical Review (1972)

  4. A Brief History of the Mendocino Woodlands Outdoor Center, undated.

  5. National Historic Landmark Nomination for the Mendocino Woodlands Recrational Demonstration Area

  6. Wirth, Conrad Parks, Politics, and People - Chapter 8 War

  7. 2021-08-30 Letter to CNR on 30x30 initiative v1.pdf