Fort Bragg, CA- Forest Defenders have called for a “Safety First ” rally this Monday January 24th at the publicly accessible entrance to Camp One in JDSF, near the site where six activists were ‘citizens arrested’ by loggers and Calfire on January 10th. The rally will start at 8:30 in the morning, and those not willing to risk arrest are asked to stay out of the area’s now marked as “closed.” Attendees are being encouraged to carpool, and to wear masks or social distance once on site.
It’s been a big week in Jackson Demonstration State Forest. On Monday Matt Simmons, Staff Attorney for the Environmental Protection and Information Center sent Cal Fire State Forests Program Manager Kevin Conway a Cease and Desist Letter asking for the removal of hired security Paul Trouette from JDSF as his presence directly undermines Calfires management according to Public Resources Code Section 4656.2.
On Wednesday, Calfire Deputy Director of Natural Resources Matthew Reischman says: “Due to delays in Timber Harvest Plan approvals and 2021 planned operations, no additional timber sales will be offered in 2022.”
Monday’s rally is described as “part celebration, part bearing witness of this destructive Timber Harvest Plan, and part show of community will. A temporary halt in sales is a great first step, now we need an official moratorium, and a commitment to fully review the management plan.”