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trees in Dresser Old Growth Grove, Jackson State Forest
Advisory Committee is close to deciding on the principles to use in
developing a long-term management plan for Jackson State Forest.
A key issue is the
extent to which management should aim to restore most of the forest to old
growth conditions while simultaneously harvesting sufficient timber to
fund management of Jackson Forest and other state forests.
At the heart of the
issue is the question whether or not we can obtain wood products from
redwood forests in a way that honors and preserves the essential natural
characteristics of redwood forests. The objective of Natural Forestry is
to do just that.
The idea behind Natural
Forestry is to emulate, to the extent practical, the natural processes
that would occur in the absence of man's intervention. Obviously,
harvesting timber is something that would not be done in the absence of
man, but trees do die naturally in forests. The more closely harvesting
activities mimic the process of mortality that naturally occurs, the more
closely they would represent natural forestry.
indicate that it would be feasible to place stands in Jackson Forest on a
path to old growth while continuing to harvest sufficient timber to meet
revenue needs. More analysis is required to translate the concept of
Natural Forestry into concrete management recommendations.
If you agree that Natural Forestry deserves full
consideration, please send the letter of support below to the Jackson
are familiar with Jackson Forest, please edit the letter to reflect your
own experiences and knowledge.
Be sure to
fill in your name and contact information.
will be sent to the Jackson Advisory Group and
distributed to all members.