BOARD OF FORESTRY VOTES TO SUPPORT LIMITS ON CLEARCUTTING!
this year, Forests Forever and other groups concerned about clearcut
logging in Jackson State Redwood Forest urged the California Department
of Forestry and the Board of Forestry to revise Alternative G in
the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) the state was proposing
as the new management plan for the forest. Conservationists particularly
objected to the amount of clearcutting permitted by Alternative
October, the board voted to support a revised Alternative G to the
draft EIR that is based on a consensus plan supported by the Campaign
to Save Jackson State Redwood Forest, the Sierra Club, and the Mendocino
Working Group, a coalition of conservationists and timber industry
new alternative contains, among other provisions, strong safeguards
against clearcutting, a major goal of Forests Forever and the other
groups working to protect Jackson Forest.
key provision of the revised alternative G is the establishment
of an outside advisory committee. This advisory committee will work
with forest managers during a three-year interim period of restricted
harvesting to develop a long-range management plan for the forest.
production will no longer be defined as the main purpose of the
forest. Instead, Jackson will be managed for research, wildlife
habitat, restoration, and recreation. Timber harvest will fund the
management of Jackson, but projects will only be considered in terms
of the other uses of the forest.
Board will consider the revised EIR and management plan for Jackson
Forest on January 9, 2008.
Campaign to Save Jackson Redwood Forest has more news on its website.
KEEP CLEARCUTTING OUT OF JACKSON STATE FOREST!
years of writing letters, attending meetings, filing lawsuits and
generally raising a ruckus, the conservation community has finally
seen a plan for Jackson State Forest that it can live with.
Among the concerns now before us: The plan still calls for too much
acreage to be clearcut.
The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that covers the proposed
management plan for Jackson Forest has been in the works for some
years. The lawsuit Forests Forever (along with the Campaign to Restore
Jackson State Redwood Forest) won in 2003 against the California
Board of Forestry was based on the agency’s incomplete, faulty
Our victory required the California Department of Forestry to draw
up a new EIR for its forest management plan before logging could
begin again. Nearly four years after the ruling, logging has still
In December 2005 the CDF released a new draft EIR for public comment.
The CDF’s Preferred Alternative C-1 would have reinstated
the same forest management plan that was in place when Forests Forever
brought its lawsuit. It would have logged 30 percent of the forest,
allowed an annual timber harvest of 31 million board feet, and permitted
clearcutting for “research purposes.”
Now, after sorting through the many comments it received from concerned
Californians about the draft EIR, the agency has come up with a
new plan that it says responds to those concerns.
On the whole, the new EIR is a good plan. Under its Alternative
G, the amount of logging has been lowered to 20 million board feet.
It sets aside old-growth forest, and has a more focused approach
to research, among other promising features. And it would appoint
a bona fide public advisory committee for Jackson Forest.
The one aspect of this new alternative that concerns us, however,
is that it would allow clearcutting on more than a quarter of the
Any clearcutting should be done only as part of carefully defined,
clearly necessary research projects limited in size and scope.
And any timber harvest project in Jackson Forest should first be
reviewed by the public advisory committee.
Located on the Mendocino coast near Ft. Bragg, Jackson is the largest
of eight state-owned forests in California, covering nearly 50,000
acres. It is the only state forest that is home to a significant
percentage of mature redwoods, an increasingly rare and valuable
forest ecosystem for both wildlife habitat and recreation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Write to the CDF. Tell them you want any clearcutting on Jackson
Forest to take place only as part of a clearly defined, limited
I support the Environmental Impact Statement’s Alternative
G for its emphasis on research, forest restoration and ecological
health, and recreation and public enjoyment.
However, I strongly oppose giving the forest managers at Jackson
State Forest an open-ended license to clearcut thousands of acres
each decade to provide for unspecified "future research possibilities."
We need more research on restoring forests, not on destroying them.
I cannot support Alternative G in its present form. Any clearcut
or similar destructive harvest needs to have an explicit research
justification and be limited to the minimum area required for scientific
validity, as recommended by the Mendocino County working group.
I applaud the interim period in Alternative G during which forest
managers will work with a new public advisory committee to develop
a long-range landscape and management plan.
To ensure success of the interim planning effort, all proposed interim
timber harvests need to be reviewed by the Jackson Advisory Committee.
This review is needed to assure that interim harvests are designed
and chosen so as to keep open planning options for restoration,
habitat, and recreation to the maximum extent feasible.
We are close to ending the long controversy that has kept our public
forest shut down for eight years. Please make the requested changes
in Alternative G. You will have my thanks and support for moving
Please send us a copy of your letter!
You can read the draft EIR here (available as PDFs):
For more information on Jackson State Forest, see our website:
Also see the Campaign to Restore Jackson State Redwood Forest at: