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Redwood Forest Foundation Honors
Branscomb Resident Judy Harwood
as Volunteer of the Year

July, 2013

On July 13, 2013, the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) honored Branscomb resident, Judy Harwood,at their annual meeting in Fort Bragg, as a Volunteer of the Year. Judy was actually selected for the award in 2012, but was unavailable for presentation at last year's meeting.

Judy Harwood
Judy Harwood
Ms. Harwood has been coordinating the Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group (WBWG) since 2010. Her knowledge about biomass utilization options has made her a sought-after speaker. It was through Judy's leadership that the Redwood Forest Foundation became part of WBWG. As a volunteer, she conducted research and did extensive planning with community members. She wrote successful grants for RFFI, which will support the purchase and operation of biochar manufacturing equipment. Ms. Harwood now serves as the Project Manager for their Biochar Demonstration Project.

Judy Harwood was born into the roles she fulfills for both RFFI and Mendocino County communities. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Mendocino county timber industry entrepreneurs, Art Harwood and the late Bud Harwood. She has developed her own unique skills, however, following an impressive educational background that took her from Mendocino College, to UC Berkeley and culminated in a Masters degree from Columbia University. Ms. Harwood is a skilled meeting designer and facilitator and consummate grant writer - roles she has played for RFFI.

RFFI Board member, Kendall Smith, presented Judy Harwood with the award. "We are fortunate to have this smart, young leader as part of our community and now working with the Redwood Forest Foundation." Ms Harwood thanked RFFI and responded, "The Redwood Forest Foundation has created a model of community-based forestry that truly integrates environment, economy and equity in a way that creates community excitement and a desire to help make their vision a reality. Their mission and good work motivated my commitment."

Judy Harwood, center, was honored as the Redwood Forest Foundation's Volunteer of the Year. She is pictured here with Warren DeSmidt (left) and Jeff Hedin, also RFFI's Volunteers of the Year.
Judy Harwood, center, was honored as the
Redwood Forest Foundation's Volunteer of the Year.
She is pictured here with Warren DeSmidt (left) and
Jeff Hedin, also RFFI's Volunteers of the Year.

The Redwood Forest Foundation is a unique not-for-profit organization committed to "The Three E's:" Ecology, Economy and Equity. They are restoring the ecological integrity of large working landscapes, like Usal Redwood Forest; advancing free-market solutions to timberland ownership and management that support sustainable local employment while working to assure that the resource remains economically productive in perpetuity. They are promoting social equity through sustainable management solutions shaped in collaboration with regional stakeholders. For more information visit: www.rffi.org.

RFFI Board members at 2013 annual meeting
RFFI Board members at 2013 annual meeting
 

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