Cal Fire to remove stacked lumber sale logs from Chamberlain Creek – Fort Bragg Advocate-News
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CA – Local contractors working for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) on the Jackson Demonstration State Forest will soon be moving previously felled and piled logs from an area where the Chamberlain Creek timber harvest was in progress.
The now-halted timber sale has produced logs that have been stacked in staging areas and have lain unused since December 2021. With the fire season underway, these log bridges continue to dry out, increasing at their raises the risk of fire, blocking access to process slash piles and presenting economic challenges for a local small business owner who previously purchased the wood.
In the coming weeks, these logs will be moved and transported to local mills where they will be processed for use as durable, sustainable wood products and long-term carbon storage. The haulage works are not expected to have any negative impacts on the surrounding environment or adjacent community, and community members may see truck activity in the area.
“Across the state, we are taking steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires as we head into the peak of wildfire season, which also includes a range of forest management activities,” said Matthew Reischman, CAL FIRE’s deputy director for resource management. “Removing these stacked logs is important to reduce flammable fuels in the Jackson State Forest and to protect communities and landscapes as we head into the time of peak wildfire danger. local communities that have been impacted by the disruption of timber harvesting activities in the Jackson State Demonstration Forest.
Pruning of branches on these logs and processing of slash material will take place to more efficiently transport the material. No additional trees are harvested as part of this transport operation. Roads in the Area will be maintained to minimize impact while allowing safe access to the Area.
“It’s time we got those logs removed from the Chamberlain Creek Timber Harvest. Leaving them in place will only create a greater fire hazard in already powdery conditions,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike McGuire. “The California Natural Resources Agency and CAL FIRE have been working hard on a revised draft master plan for the Jackson State Demonstration Forest, taking into account critical community feedback over the past several months. There will be more to report on this in the weeks to come and I hope we continue to find common ground.
Through collaborative discussions, CAL FIRE continues to update its management plan for the Jackson Demonstration State Forest to modernize its mission in the face of accelerating climate change and increasing catastrophic risk of disaster. wildfire for coastal redwood ecosystems. Key priorities for this update include ensuring Jackson implements restoration forestry practices that are compliant with climate change and wildfire resilience, establishes tribal co-management approaches, and enables cutting-edge science that informs best forest management practices across the state. Over the coming months, the Jackson Advisory Group will continue to facilitate input from local communities and stakeholders to inform this important management update.
“We are committed to protecting community safety and reducing wildfire risk while managing the Jackson State Demonstration Forest for the many benefits it provides,” Reischman said. “We are committed to working with tribal governments, local communities and the regional forestry sector to ensure that the forest is managed as an ecologically sustainable forest, which protects natural landscapes and watersheds, allows for ecologically appropriate timber harvesting for support local communities and provides a unique recreational opportunities.
CAL FIRE’s nine state demonstration forests, including Jackson, serve as a living laboratory on how to care for and manage California’s forest lands for multiple benefits, including ecological and watershed protection, wood products and wood production, recreation and habitat restoration. The Jackson Forest offers unique research and demonstration opportunities in a coastal redwood forest where environmental scientists, foresters, and other researchers can study the effects of various forest management and restoration techniques. Abandonment of roads for stream fisheries habitat improvement, forest thinning to increase forest resistance to fire, and regeneration studies are some examples of ongoing research practices at Jackson Demonstration State Forest.
— Submitted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.