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Thousands of Baby Redwoods Find New Homes in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties

February, 2010

a version of this article was published in the
Lake County Record-Bee

On January 30 2010, the Redwood Forest Foundation distributed thousands of young redwood trees in conjunction with the Redwood Futures Summit, featuring J. Michael Fay, held at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA.

Thanksgiving Coffee truck parked at Mendocino College in Ukiah where thousands of baby redwoods were distributed by RFFI to more than 40 volunteer planters who will give the trees a new home.
Thanksgiving Coffee truck parked at Mendocino College in Ukiah where thousands of baby redwoods were distributed by RFFI to more than 40 volunteer planters who will give the trees a new home.

Bill Bradd volunteered to drive the two-day twelve hour trip in Thanksgiving Coffee's bio-diesel powered truck to pick up trees at Sequoia Redwoods in Alton, Ca and deliver them to Ukiah and Fort Bragg, CA. Thanksgiving Coffee Company donated the truck and fuel to help out the cause.
Bill Bradd volunteered to drive the two-day twelve hour trip in Thanksgiving Coffee's bio-diesel powered truck to pick up trees at Sequoia Redwoods in Alton, Ca and deliver them to Ukiah and Fort Bragg, CA. Thanksgiving Coffee Company donated the truck and fuel to help out the cause.
The trees were delivered from the nursery in Fortuna to the Ukiah campus through the generosity of Thanksgiving Coffee Company who volunteered to deliver the tree in their bio-diesel powered truck. A second delivery will be made to Fort Bragg on Sunday to Dirt Cheap Nursery where they will be distributed during the following week to sponsors who have arranged to plant them.

The trees were originally grown for reforestation of previously harvested timberland, and became victims of the present economic crisis. They had been ordered by Pacific Lumber Company for replanting lands they had been clear-cutting. With the demise of Pacific Lumber the trees were abandoned following the bankruptcy proceedings. These trees were the subject of a Press Democrat article on the economic conditions of the timber industry in November 2010. The article generated a strong positive response.

Katherine Gundling (left) and Henry Gundling, a founder of RFFI, pick up 500 redwood trees from RFFI to plant on their lands in Philo.
Katherine Gundling (left) and Henry Gundling, a founder of RFFI, pick up 500 redwood trees from RFFI to plant on their lands in Philo.

The majority of the trees distributed on January 30, 2010 will be planted in Willits and in Anderson Valley, with smaller plantings to take place in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Contra Costa and Santa Barbara Counties. Lin Barrett, of the Redwood Forest Foundation, organized a complicated web of volunteer planters and delivery teams to distribute the trees with an eye to minimizing the transportation cost to individuals and the environment.

Ursuline High School Junior, Isabelle Straka, and her father Michael picking up hundreds of abandoned baby redwood trees in Ukiah to deliver to new homes in Napa, Lake and Sonoma Counties. The Strakas are both donors and volunteers for the Redwood Rescue Project.
Ursuline High School Junior, Isabelle Straka, and her father Michael picking up hundreds of abandoned baby redwood trees in Ukiah to deliver to new homes in Napa, Lake and Sonoma Counties. The Strakas are both donors and volunteers for the Redwood Rescue Project.
For example, Michael Straka and his daughter Isabel picked up and delivered trees to locations in northern Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties. Ascus Nursery of Healdsburg picked up about a thousand trees which they will distribute to planters in Sonoma County. Ruth Haussler of Ascus Nursery reports that her nursery will bonsai the 500 trees they adopted so that folks who cannot plant their own redwood tree can have their own miniature forest. Ascus Nursery made a generous donation to the Redwood Rescue Project to help rescue the abandoned trees. They now plan to donate some of their profits from the sale of the bonsaied trees to support the ongoing efforts of the Redwood Forest Foundation. The trees can be seen at Ascus Nursery in Healdsburg. Trees will also be planted at the Applewood Inn in Guerneville, another business that donated to the project and is now providing a new home for these young redwoods.

Ascus Nursery owners Joel Gallegos and Willie Newman pick-up one thousand baby redwood trees in Ukiah, CA to deliver to new homes in Sonoma County. Ascus Nursery plans to bonsai the trees and donate the a percentage of the proceeds  to the Redwood Forest Foundation.
Ascus Nursery owners Joel Gallegos and Willie Newman pick-up one thousand baby redwood trees in Ukiah, CA to deliver to new homes in Sonoma County. Ascus Nursery plans to bonsai the trees and donate the a percentage of the proceeds to the Redwood Forest Foundation.

The Redwood Forest Foundation will be wrapping up the Redwood Rescue Project in February as the prime planting season draws to a close. Anyone wanting to plant any of the remaining redwoods can visit www.rffi.org for more information or call Lin Barrett at 707-937-4808. The Foundation will sponsor an ongoing Plant a Redwood project whereby donors can make a donation and have redwoods planted in their name or in honor of a friend or loved one. That program is underway and certificates are sent to the honoree.

Willie Newman an owner of Ascus Nursey in Healdsburg picking up young redwood trees in Ukiah for transport to Healdsburg where they will be be picked up by their new owners.
Willie Newman an owner of Ascus Nursey in Healdsburg picking up young redwood trees in Ukiah for transport to Healdsburg where they will be be picked up by their new owners.


Photo credits: Edward Duarde


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