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Congressman Thompson Attends RFFI Annual Meeting

Sustainable Forestry Program,
Upcoming 'Geographic' Article Discussed


by Cristina Bauss & Lin Barrett
The Independent, Garberville
July 2009

[Excerpt]
RFFI Executive Director Art Harwood and Rep. Mike Thompson
Art Harwood & Mike Thompson
photo credit: Richard Gienger
More than eighty people attended the annual meeting of the Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI), which was held on July 11 in Branscomb.

Among those present was First District Rep. Mike Thompson, a longtime supporter of RFFI's efforts; following presentations by several board members, Thompson closed the meeting . . .

At the July 11 meeting, the foundation honored the late Giles Mead, a longtime Napa resident, for the important role that he played in the organization's inception.

Henry Gundling & Giles Mead's daughters
Henry Gundling and Giles Mead's daughters
photo credit: Richard Gienger
During RFFI's early days, Mead made an unsolicited $100,000 grant to the group to support its work. Thompson, a longtime friend of Mead's, spoke of their enduring friendship; afterwards, former RFFI board member Henry Gundling conferred the honor of "Founder" on Mead. A 220-foot redwood tree is being named in his memory in the Kenny Grove in the Usal Redwood Forest . . .

Executive director Art Harwood engaged the group in a lively discussion about an upcoming National Geographic article and documentary about the redwood region.

J. Michael Fay and Lindsey Holm
J. Michael Fay and Lindsey Holm
photo credit: Robert Ballard
J. Michael Fay, a National Geographic "Explorer in Residence" renowned for the "Megatransect" - a 2,000-mile walk across unexplored regions in equatorial Africa - spent almost a year walking the "Redwood Transect," from Big Sur to the Chetco River in Oregon. For 333 days, Fay and his assistant Lindsey Holm filmed and mapped the area, interviewing scores of people along the way - including Harwood and other RFFI representatives.

In October, three of the National Geographic publications - the flagship magazine, along with Adventure and Travel - will feature cover stories on the redwoods. The main article, written by Fay, will reportedly be 45 pages long, and include an eight-page fold-out of the world's tallest tree . . .

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