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Redwood Forest Foundation Honors
Mendocino Coast Resident Warren DeSmidt
as Volunteer of the Year

July, 2013

On July 13, 2013, the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) honored Mendocino coast resident, Warren DeSmidt, at their annual meeting in Fort Bragg, as the organization's Volunteer of the Year.

Warren DeSmidt
Warren DeSmidt
Warren has been a long term supporter of RFFI and has been successful in his volunteer fundraising and public relations efforts on their behalf. Mr. DeSmidt is sincerely committed to RFFI's mission, work, governance structure and evolution as an organization. He is now volunteering to do market research and community outreach to support RFFI's Biochar Demonstration project. Mr. DeSmidt was deeply moved by the honor from an organization that he deeply respects.

DeSmidt addressed the lively audience, who were enjoying the annual meeting and barbecue,

"I am here today because of the work and vision of people, who came together in the late nineties to try to deal with the issues that were happening in the forest and surrounding communities. To them, some of whom are here today, I am deeply grateful. I have enjoyed being on the land and with these folks that I have come to know and appreciate in various levels and ways over the years. I am impressed that such a diverse social / political group could come up with something so progressive. This is the kind of plan that people were talking about in the Haight in the late '60s. And this group has made it happen, including activists and environmentalists, as well as, business people and timber industry reps, who may well be quite conservative.

I never thought that I would see this kind of progressive action, around our forests, in my lifetime. Going to the Usal Redwood Forest continues to be a very emotional thing for me, as I realize that we have a chance to do business and treat our forests and livelihoods in a different way, one that respects people and the environment. And this has been a dream for me since the mid-'60s. Thank you all for the work you do, and continue to do, to make the dream a reality."

Judy Harwood and Jeff Hedin also received awards at this event. They were selected RFFI's Volunteers of the Year for 2012 but were not available to be honored at last year's meeting.

Warren DeSmidt, on the left, was honored as the Redwood Forest Foundation's Volunteer of the Year for 2013. He is pictured here with Judy Harwood and Jeff Hedin, RFFI's Volunteers of the Year for 2012.
Warren DeSmidt, on the left, was honored as the
Redwood Forest Foundation's Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
He is pictured here with Judy Harwood and Jeff Hedin,
RFFI's Volunteers of the Year for 2012.

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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