A Bill of Rights for Jackson State
- Whereas Jackson State Forest is a 50,000-acre redwood forest
owned by the people of California and should be used for the broadest public
- Whereas Jackson State Forest is the only publicly owned redwood
forest of significant size south of Humboldt County;
- Whereas Mendocino County has only 2 percent of its timberland
protected from logging, compared to 37 percent in Del Norte County and 11
percent in Humboldt County;
- Whereas the industrially owned redwood timberlands of Mendocino
County have been logged of almost all of their virgin timber and older second
Whereas timber operations in Jackson State Forest degrade the
quantity and quality of water in its streams and threaten salmon survival;
- Whereas Jackson State Forest has large areas of undisturbed older
second growth and is in much better condition than the industrial timberlands
of Mendocino County.
Whereas Jackson State Forest offers the only significant potential
sanctuary south of Humboldt County for species dependent on mature redwood
Whereas logging in residential neighborhoods lowers the
water table, increases fire danger, destroys animal and plant habitat, and
degrades the quality of life of its neighbors;
Whereas Mendocino County is visited by over one million people
annually because of its natural beauty, and
Whereas opportunities for hiking and camping in redwood forests
in Mendocino County are presently very limited;
The primary management purposeof Jackson State Redwood Forest will
be restoration to old growth for recreation,
habitat, education and research.
A primary restoration purpose will be improving watershed health
to increase the quantity and quality of water.
Recreation opportunities will be expanded and publicized.
Traditional non-timber uses of the state forest system shall
be continued to the extent consistent with restoring old growth forest ecology.
Facilities for education and research on the ecology of redwood
forest restoration will be established.
All timber operations will be demonstrably consistent with the goals
of restoring the forest to old growth, enhancing recreation opportunities,
and preserving or enhancing wildlife and
All timber sales will be sized to have demonstration value to owners
of small timber holdings and to allow small, local timber operators and
mills to participate.
All timber harvest plans and operations shall demonstrate the highest
attainable sensitivity to aesthetic and ecological values.
All research projects that involve altering the ecology of the forest
shall be first reviewed and approved by an independent scientific peer group
and shall be conducted within the smallest practicable area.
All funds generated by sales of timber from the Forest shall be
spent within the forest for restoration, recreation, education, and research,
or to add to the area of the forest.
The state should extend unemployment benefits and provide additional
job retraining for timber workers.
An Advisory Committee to the Forest shall be appointed with representatives
of affected state agencies and local governments, non-governmental environmental
and recreation organizations, the general public, and neighbors of the forest.
The Advisory Committee shall approve management policies and plans for the
The Campaign to Restore
Jackson State Redwood Forest