Restoration Projects Moving Forward
Since the purchase of the Usal Redwood Forest in 2007, RFFI has been committed
to restoring a landscape that had been severely degraded by aggressive
timber harvesting, which had depleted the forest ecosystem. Together
with their forest management firm, Campbell Timberland Management,
LLC., they have conducted extensive forest and watershed restoration in
Usal. RFFI and Campbell have consulted with experts from UC Berkeley,
NOAA Fisheries and other agencies as seen in the photo below.
RFFI's Experts: Dr. Bill Dietrich of Earth and Planetary Science at
UCB, in yellow slicker, meets with other academic and fishery experts
and RFFI's Native American advisors, who were on an acorn orchard
planning tour led by Art Harwood.
approximately 9 miles of roads and restoring watersheds has allowed salmon
and steelhead to return to spawn in our coastal streams. Trout Unlimited
and Pacific Watersheds Associates are conducting a road evaluation and
will develop a work plan for restoring the Indian Creek Watershed. This
watershed is a tributary to the South Fork of the Eel River, one of the most
important salmon spawning grounds in northern California.
You can see in
a photo below that a very large stump was placed on the eastern edge
of Usal Creek in an area largely devoid of such large wood features. This
large piece is likely to lodge itself in a place that will create an excellent pool
and snare other floating wood. Together they will create the desired
"habitat complexity" that fish and other aquatic species need for their life
stages. These areas had been completely devoid of pools which are essential
for salmonid habitat.
Large stump placed on the eastern edge of Usal Creek
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Chinquapin Springs Acorn Grove
After three years of planning and community engagement, RFFI
and local tribal representatives have established the
Chinquapin Springs Acorn Grove
in the Usal Forest, see map, to be used
for acorn gathering by local Native Americans. Tribal peoples
have traveled from all over California to learn from and advise
the process. The grove will open up myriad possibilities including
serving as a catalyst to bring tribal people together to teach
their members and the community cross cultural respect for
the land and to educate youth in traditional tribal ways.
RFFI Sends Logs to Market
On September 11, 2012, Shuster's Logging, of Willits CA, hauled
the first load of logs out of the Usal Redwood Forest since the
forest was purchased by the Redwood Forest Foundation in October
2007. Shuster's and Burns Trucking are making regular
deliveries of redwood logs to the Redwood Empire Mill in Philo
and Douglas fir to the Schmidbauer Lumber Mill in Eureka, supporting
more than 130 jobs!
first timber harvest began
August 13, 2012 and will continue until rains sideline operations
until spring of 2013. Trees will be harvested from three
areas, totaling 284 acres: the Usal Creek, M&M, and Hales Grove
areas. The areas, which may be seen on the
for RFFI's first harvest because they were heavily populated
with redwoods, had no resident Spotted Owls and could be harvested
using selective logging.
Biochar Demonstration Project
Biochar Demonstration Project
was borne of an effort to
address several environmental issues. It is conceived of as a beneficial
alternative to herbicide application and open field burning,
which are current methods for dealing with large stands of
small diameter brush and trees that have filled in vast clear cut
areas. We hope to demonstrate an economically viable method
to remove this excess biomass that impedes the growth of conifers
and redwood trees, increases vulnerability to catastrophic
forest fires and negatively impacts the entire forest ecosystem.
Mobile biochar plants using pyrolysis convert woody waste into
a saleable soil amendment that can increase microbial activity
and the nutrient exchange capacity of degraded soils, reduce
leaching, improve water drainage and infiltration, and adjust soil
PH. Once buried, this product can serve as an effective carbon
sink for years. The project is the work of a complex multi county
community partnership. Partial funding comes from project
partners as well as a grant through the Dept. of Water Resources,
owing to the critical role forest soils have on water quality. We
are currently seeking funds for operations.
Executive Director's Report
I am happy to report that RFFI has been making great progress
this year. Briefly, we have
Further, RFFI has undertaken a
complex, independent analysis
to inform the Board on the
best methods for maximizing
our environmental and social
goals. In addition to the outstanding
work done by The Campbell Group, we have retained
the Baldwin, Blomstrom and Wilkinson forest advisory firm to
help develop a new forest management model based on the
funding derived from the sale of the conservation easement and
Shady Dell. The resulting model will guide yearly timber harvest
planning. This process is crucial to helping us meet our
fiduciary responsibilities while providing the array of social and
environmental benefits we all seek.
Acting Executive Director
RFFI is also studying carbon sequestration as it relates to Usal.
The good news is that RFFI's current plan for Usal sequesters
tons of carbon. Unfortunately, based on a series of policy decisions
by the Wildlife Conservation Board and California's Climate
Action Registry, it is unclear whether they will allow RFFI
to tap into this important market. RFFI will continue to work to
make this happen.
Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors
- Kathy Moxon, President
- Candace Skarlatos, Treasurer
- John Rogers, Secretary
- Richard Gienger
- Heidi Knott Gundling
- Kendall Smith
- Mike Balok
- Greg Giusti, ex officio
Kathy Moxon honors Art Harwood as a volunteer
at the RFFI Annual Barbeque 2012
RFFI Appreciates Foundation Support
Thank you, once again, to the
Bank of America Foundation
for their $50,000 grant to support our
work. This marks the second time the Foundation
has given RFFI a helping hand.
RFFI thanks the
Elise and Giles Mead Foundation
for their two-year grant of $40,000 to help
research and develop an ecologically and economically
sound model for carbon sequestration and
the role this important market can play for the
Usal Redwood Forest. Giles Mead, scientist and
philanthropist, is one of RFFI's Founders. His belief
in our work prompted him to make an unsolicited
$100,000 gift in the '90s.
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Working Community Forests
Please Help RFFI Get the Job Done
Thank you for your past support! Check out the map above to see what's happening on Usal. RFFI is a small, grass roots organization doing a BIG job. We need your support to continue to practice a high level of forest stewardship. Please help us restore the forest and its watersheds, conduct sustainable timber harvests, demonstrate new ecologically sound uses of forest products and open the forest to the community.
or mail your gift to:
RFFI, PO Box 12, Mendocino, CA 95460
RFFI Puts Meaning back into Holiday Giving
RFFI is helping to redefine Christmas and Hanukah, too, for that
matter. Remove the stress from the holiday season. Let your
loved ones know you would prefer a donation to your favorite
charity. Or consider a generous donation to an organization like
the Redwood Forest Foundation - a holiday gift today and an
investment in the future of our children and grandchildren.
Make the gift in the name of a loved one; RFFI will let them
know how much you care about them and their future. For more
information about these kinds of gifts, please visit:
RFFI Redefines Holiday Giving.
Plant a Redwood Now
A Green Gift for any Occasion
RFFI will plant young redwood trees in honor of a friend or loved one in a redwood forest in northern California. The Honoree receives an attractive 8" x 11" certificate suitable for framing with a customized message acknowledging you as the donor. These enduring gifts are suitable for any occasion.
Green Gifts for Holiday Giving.