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California Demonstration State Forests

California Demonstration State Forests
By J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What does a Demonstration State Forest demonstrate? and What Are Those Elephants Doing In It?

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What is a Demonstration Forest?

A Demonstration Forest is timberland that is managed for forestry education, research, and recreation. It demonstrates innovations in forest management, watershed protection and restoration, and environmentally sensitive timber harvesting techniques.

In such a Forest good forestland stewardship is shown by management for a sustainable timber production. At the same time, the Forest is open to the public at no charge.

Demonstration State Forest timberlands are publicly owned by the State of California. They are managed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). As a group, they are financially self-sustaining due to the value of timber harvests.

Where are the California Demonstration Forests and How Are They Used?

California owns eight Demonstration Forests containing 71,000 acres.

In September 2000, CDF reported that these State Forests grew 50 million board feet yearly. Of this, CDF harvested 60% (30 million board feet) yearly. CDF estimated that was enough to build 3000 single-family homes.

The two largest forests are:

Those two and the following three are used for public recreation; they have forest management and their trees can be harvested:

The remaining three forests are small (796 down to 160 acres) and not actively managed:

Reader's Questions: Costs and Elephants.

Bonnie asks: How much does it cost per acre to keep a state forest for the enjoyment of the citizenry? Are such State Forests part of the net assets of a state?

Amy of Windermere, UK, asks: Why do elephants jump out of redwood trees?

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