9 thoughts on “New conservation group pushes back on Jackson Demonstration logging plan, advocates for 20k acre reserve

  1. Great article, Lana! Just one point of clarification: when you say that there is no doubt that these harvests are in line with the 2016 Management Plan, we disagree. The plan states on page 3 that efforts will be made to not log areas with over 10 trees/acre over 30″ diameter. We are not seeing those efforts, as the majority of acreage in all active and planned THPs fits that criteria. Secondly, the plan states on pages 104-105 that trees over 48″ diameter are to be retained. Numerous trees in the Caspar 500 THP, planned for operations starting soon, are over this diameter, yet marked with blue spray paint for cut.

  2. There seems to be something that I think is important and left out this articles discussion.
    The undergrowth!!! Is not this area where the fire danger really lies????
    Even on my own land I selectively remove old and dying trees and especially clear undergrowth. Especially since we all know . . . a least those that take the time to find out . . . that the native Americans that used to live here used fire to remove the dense brush that grows on the forest floor. Fire . . . . and we will be having another hot summer and more fires. Dealing with this major current problem seems to be lacking in this discussion.
    I respect Mr Swimmers’s points and opinions and concerns. But this problem needs to be discussed completely and I think we can all agree that this summer fires will be a major factor of serious concern to all of use. Let’s look a the whole picture PLEASE!

    • Chuck I agree with you regarding the understory being a fire threat. Why does JDSF leave so much slash strewn about after each harvests? Isn’t this tantamount to creating further fire potential issues?

    • Not only were natives forest stewards, but so was/is Mother Nature. We have seen lightning storms, both in 2020 and 2008, that sparked these huge wildfires. Fires are a part of the natural world, in thinning underbrush and providing fresh ground for which new life can grow. What fueled their rage was the enormous amount of underbrush that has collected under the “Leave the forests completely alone” theory.

      In this day and age, with a soaring human population, we have to work with Mother Nature, both to ensure future fires don’t break records and kill more people, but also to help forests become and remain healthy.

  3. I wish Lana would of used more of my interview for this article as I talked extensively about the benefits of thinning redwood forests for wildfire resiliency. Chuck’s comment hits the nail on the head. We can look to the 2020 CZU Complex wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains to see how a largely unmanaged redwood forest burns. A vast majority of that fire burned with high intensity. Foresters know how to manage forests to keep wildfire on the ground, something JDSF are experts in their field at doing.

  4. Excellent article! It really is erroneous to say that our public lands are owned by the government of California. When in actuality, these lands are owned by you and me. Don’t our tax dollars pay their salaries?
    JDSF’s stewardship and demonstration of logging practices are embarrassing. Just look to the east of the town of Mendocino to the destructive harvests off road 408 and Rd 700 along with the reckless THP practices to the north on Rd 409. Within the 48,652 acres of the Jackson, aren’t there other trees to harvest in areas further from civilization? Do you feel it’s time for a new, more modern approach to how our forests are managed? Their current methods are anachronistic at best. Tourism is a better, less destructive means for helping our economically stressed communities. With 80% of the biker, hiker and equestrian trails situated within the next 6 THPs, we stand to lose millions in tourist dollars due to massive trail closures over the next 5 years.
    A large portion of preserved forest lands is especially necessary in these times of uncertainty.

  5. When the state bought that land it was cut over. Now a days it truly shows what proper management does for the redwood machine. JDSF foresters since the beginning have demonstrated, management. One of the few things the state did right.

  6. Lana, Your third paragraph frames the forest all wrong. JDSF is not “earmarked” for just timber harvesting and research. It is a true multiple use working forest. Its mission is to demonstrate forest management in compatibility with other uses and resource values. It is not “one big experiment” but many experiments and demonstrations across the entire forest over many decades. Some long, some short, some good, some bad.
    This present kerfuffle isn’t a “decades long fight” but a fight that breaks out every decade or so when a timber harvest is proposed in someone’s favorite playground. Presently it is not a “roadblock” but a speed bump. Hopefully it won’t turn into a roadblock. A detour may be more acceptable.
    What is important to note is after the timber harvests, the redwood forest will still be there, carbon will continue to be sequestered, the sun will shine, the air and water will be clear and fresh and trails will once again be used and enjoyed.

  7. Always so informative and well researched. Thank you for your ongoing coverage of local environmental news. You are a great addition to the community.

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