From the President's Desk---
The end of the year is quickly approaching and it seemed like a good time to look back and review my RFFI "to do" list. I find it is heartening to make a list of things I have been working on as well as a list of things yet to do. So many times, life takes us down roads that were not originally on our itinerary, but ones that we come to and that appear to hold promise.
When I look at RFFI's list I can see why the year just flew by and why the "to do list" never seems to get shorter. You will find lots of information in our
but I will let you in on a few additional, but in no way minor, projects:
- Usal Road Improvement.
Collaborating with the counties of Mendocino and Trinity to design and complete road improvements for the Usal road, which borders Usal Redwood Forest. Usal Road has been dumping sediment into our watershed due to poor road design, abuse during wet times and a lack of the Counties' capacity to keep up with maintenance. The road is in better shape going into this rainy season and the public-private partnership continues.
- "Safe Harbor" Agreement. Exploring creation of a "Safe Harbor" agreement with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Safe Harbor agreements detail habitat management and rehabilitation plans with the focus on creating habitat that attracts endangered species without penalty to the landowner for successfully increasing the number of species that utilize the forest. Our goal is to create great habitat that will not result in our inability to maintain a working community forest.
- Another Working Community Forest. Partnering with the County of Humboldt and the Trust for Public Land to facilitate the purchase of 1,225 acres from Green Diamond for a working community forest in Humboldt County. RFFI has agreed to take title to the property should the County of Humboldt decide it cannot move forward with the purchase. RFFI is currently the applicant for funds to complete the purchase.
- Partnership with Humboldt State University. Working together with Humboldt State University (HSU) we hope to support research about the feasibility and viability of utilizing small diameter logs, slash in the woods and mill waste to produce marketable products adding value and creating additional jobs. If funded HSU will test RFFI's biochar machine assisting us in determining the productivity as well as product quality (see article on
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The opportunities are only limited by our capacity to follow up on them. To that end, one of the most important things on our "to do" list is to get a permanent Executive Director hired. We are beginning our search using Olive Grove Consulting, a Bay Area firm with Fort Bragg roots, who will help find the right person for the job.
I hope you can see the vision of RFFI reflected in the types of projects we have underway. I hope you are as committed to making this vision a reality as RFFI's current Board of Directors is.
Please join us in making it happen by
contributing to RFFI
during this annual campaign. Sustainable timber harvesting will not produce excess revenue to fund additional activities until our trees mature in another 10+ years. In the meantime, your donations help us take advantage of opportunities critical to our mission and important to our region.