Coalition to Save Jackson
The People’s Forest

Why Is California Logging Sacred Lands?
Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) is a 48,652-acre state owned coast
redwood forest located in Mendocino County. CalFire manages the land as an industrial
timberland, routinely cutting large, old redwoods. The Save Jackson State Forest
Coalition works to change the mandate of JDSF from industrial logging to Indigenous
Land Management that will benefit all Californians.

Conserving Jackson Forest will:

Protect Sacred Sites: JDSF is the home of sites that are sacred to the Northern Pomo
and Coast Yuki Peoples. Logging has damaged those sites in the past and continues to
threaten them. Conserving JDSF will allow Native Americans to protect, visit, and
restore their Sacred Sites.

Demonstrate Traditional Indigenous Land Management: In 2020, Governor Newsom
directed all state agencies to co-manage state lands with local Native American tribes
and seek opportunities to return State lands to Native American tribes. JDSF provides
an opportunity for the state to return management of state lands that were seized during
the California genocide to its original stewards. JDSF can be a place for tribes to
demonstrate Indigenous land management.

Fight Climate Change: Coast Redwoods are capable of sequestering and storing more
carbon dioxide than any other type of forest. Their incredible size and longevity make
them the ideal tree species for fighting climate change. Instead of logging this forest,
California should be nurturing it so it reaches its full potential and becomes a powerful
tool in the fight against climate change.

Create Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation: JDSF is already beloved by mountain
bikers, mushroom foragers, hikers, meditators, and appreciators of nature. But
unfortunately, ongoing industrial logging threatens those uses.


Jackson Forest Update April 2023

Hello again!  It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us, but that doesn’t mean the campaign has wound down! The Campaign to Save Jackson Forest—the People’s Forest—is alive and well and entering a third year of determined nonviolent struggle for the return of ancestral lands and the protection of the environment.  Led by the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians with the broad endorsement of many local and State-wide Tribes, the Coalition includes the Mendocino Trail Stewards (first to alert us to the ancient trees marked for cut in the Caspar 500 timber harvest plan), E.P.I.C., Families for the Forest,…

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Pomo Land Back Webinar

January 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Join Priscilla Hunter and the Save Jackson Coalition for updates and learn how you can get involved.  Register for the Zoom here

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Community Rallies to Protect Sacred Sites and Highlight Hypocrisy in Jackson State Forest’s Historic Preservation

Jan. 23, 2023 Community Rallies to Protect Sacred Sites and Highlight Hypocrisy in Jackson State Forest’s Historic Preservation Caspar, Mendocino Co., CA-On January 20th members of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Manchester Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians, the Coalition to Save Jackson State Forest, and Forest Protectors gathered near “Camp 20” in the Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) in Mendocino County to demand protection of Pomo Sacred Sites in the forest. The rally took place at the “Little Red Schoolhouse” in the state forest. The January 20th date of the event was chosen as a show of solidarity with…

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Damaged Roads, Large Down Trees Documented by Monitors in Jackson Forest

Redwood Nation Earth First! Dec. 14, 2022 Citizen Monitors Document Damaged Roads, Felled Trees on Contested Logging Plan in Jackson Demonstration State Forest Ft. Bragg, CA-Citizen monitors were out in Jackson State Demonstration Forest (JDSF) on Monday and Tuesday this week to check on a contested timber harvest plan (THP) known as Red Tail, which they say is a prime example of the mismanagement typical of CalFire’s antiquated Management Plan. CalFire, the managing agency for the 50,000-acre publicly-owned forest both writes and approves timber harvest plans that are then put out to bid by private timber companies. Activists are calling…

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“Hell No!” Rally at Ft. Bragg CalFire Office October 20th

  10/20/22: Press Release from Redwood Nation Earth First! a member of the Coalition to Save Jackson Community Rejects CalFire Proposal for Co-management of Caspar 500 in Jackson Forest Ft. Bragg, CA –On Thursday over fifty people with signs and banners proclaiming “Pomo Land Back” and “Hands Off Caspar,” rallied at the Town Hall in Ft. Bragg, then marched to the CalFire office to protest vehemently against the regulatory agency’s recent bogus proposal for “co-management” with local Indigenous tribes, now policy of the state of California, of Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) CalFire’s take-or-leave it proposal, delivered in a Sept.…

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CAL FIRE Reneges on Logging Promise: Activists Warn Response of Protests, Civil Disobedience

CalFire announced today that they would resume logging in Jackson Demonstration State Forest. Read the Coalition response here.

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