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2014 Annual Update

Annual Update

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2014 Annual Update

Redwood Forest Foundation
Restoration Workshop
Usal Redwood Forest

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
American Legion Burkey Hall
Leggett, CA

RFFI Board Member Richard Gienger is the organizer of RFFI's Second Restoration Workshop This second RFFI Restoration Workshop is hosted by Richard Gienger, RFFI board member. Tom Leroy of Pacific Watershed Associates will be presenting both a history of the Standley Creek Restoration effort, and the progress on the Coho Recovery Plan for the South Fork Eel River tributaries in the Usal Redwood Forest. Please email Richard at if you are interested in participating.

The Workshop will primarily focus on the extensive, multi-phased restoration work conducted in the Standley Creek watershed. RFFI and our partners will start the fifth phase of this Standley Creek project in 2015. The project will include 29 site specific and road treatments for road decommissioning along almost two miles of inner gorge forest road to prevent 14,575 cubic yards of sediment from entering Standley Creek. The sixth phase restoration project has been designed and approval is pending. Visit for more details about the workshop and our restoration work throughout the forest.

Films Capture RFFI's Vegetation Management in Action

RFFI's Vegetation Management in Action A series of short film clips will be available on the RFFI website, Heidi Knott Gundling is capturing RFFI's restoration projects and approaches to managing hardwoods without using herbicides in the Usal Redwood Forest. The undesirable hardwoods grow quickly and shade out Douglas fir and redwood trees, thus slowing their growth. RFFI has taken up the challenge of vegetation management without chemicals. In the first clip, you will see them experimenting by removing bark and 'girdling' tanoak trees to limit their growth.

Heidi Knott Gundling of Anderson Valley is a RFFI Board Member and documentary film maker. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin. For over 40 years she has worked around the world as an independent film producer with a focus on environmental issues. She was the director of an International Environmental Film Festival in Freiburg, Germany.

Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors
  • Kathy Moxon, Chair
  • Candace Skarlatos, Treasurer
  • John Rogers, Secretary
  • Mike Balok
  • Richard Gienger
  • Greg Giusti (ex-officio)
  • Heidi Knott Gundling
  • Kendall Smith

Kathy Moxon, RFFI Chairman, addressing RFFI supporters at the
Annual Meeting at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area on July 26, 2014
Kathy Moxon, RFFI Chairman, addressing RFFI supporters at the
Annual Meeting at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area on July 26, 2014

Plant a Redwood Now

In Honor Of

Your donation allows RFFI to 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 the occasion and you as the donor. These enduring gifts are suitable for any occasion. Visit Plant a Redwood Now.

Throw a Party for RFFI!

Longtime supporter, donor and RFFI Outstanding Volunteer (2012), Jon Krabbenschmidt, came up with a novel and enjoyable way to support RFFI. Jon and his wife, Dawn, turned Jon's sixtieth birthday party into a gala event at the Great America Music Hall in San Francisco that generated financial support for and an appreciation of RFFI's work. Jon let his guests know that his preferred birthday gift was a donation to RFFI. The party-goers enthusiastically honored his wishes with most gifts going to our redwood reforestation program -- Plant a Redwood Now! Jon, a CPA with Novogradac & Company LLP in San Francisco, is deeply committed to off-setting his personal "carbon footprint." His significant financial contributions and volunteer accounting services help achieve this goal.

Throw a Party for RFFI! During the party Jon announced, "I am passionate about reducing carbon emissions through renewable energy and sequestering the carbon that is left as efficiently as possible. RFFI's reforestation project gives me the opportunity to achieve my goals at a very low cost. I have had many great gifts over my lifetime, but I can't think of anything better than having a redwood tree planted in my honor knowing that the gift will last for a thousand years. Thank you all for doing this for me."

RFFI invites you to follow Jon's example. Throw a party for RFFI! Or convert a personal gift-giving occasion, like the holidays, into an opportunity for friends and relatives to make a gift to RFFI as a gift to you. RFFI will acknowledge all donations and inform you of the gifts with an attractive card or certificate of the donor's choosing. Contact for help setting up an event.

North Coast Biochar logo

North Coast Biochar

On October 7, 2014, RFFI's biochar conversion unit arrived in Mendocino County from Colorado. It is up and running and producing char at an interim Branscomb location. RFFI must deal with two major issues before moving the unit onto the Usal Redwood Forest -- fire safety and efficient drying of chips. We are working with HSU, Schatz Energy Lab and others to modify the machine to achieve these goals. Meanwhile look for RFFI's North Coast Biochar at Willits Soil Company on 101 in Willits over the coming months!

Visit for the latest developments.

Key Dates in Redwood Forest Foundation History
1997, 2007, 2011 and 2015!

Mark Welther, RFFI President and CEO
Mark Welther,
RFFI President and CEO
Thanks to you and other supporters, these years are milestones in our progress. RFFI was founded in 1997 by a group of dedicated local leaders who believed that a diverse group of community members playing a more significant role in decision-making could change the way redwood forests are managed. In 2007, these leaders purchased the 50,000 acre Usal Forest in the heart of California's redwood region as our first community forest. Then, in 2011, we successfully secured a conservation easement that provides permanent protection to this forest, keeping it undivided, undeveloped and productive.

Now, in 2015, we will take four giant steps closer to creating the world-changing community forest our founders envisioned. I am writing to ask you to help RFFI maximize the impact of this all-important year.

RFFI's top priorities for 2015 are:

  • Forest Stewardship Council Certification - achieving certification for Usal as a well-run forest by the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council;
  • Carbon Registration - completion of registration with the Climate Action Reserve and California Air Resources Board to sell carbon sequestration credits, which will ensure that an even larger number of the Usal Forest's redwood trees will be protected in perpetuity;
  • Biochar demonstration project - after four years of planning, we have begun production of our own North Coast Biochar, the first of RFFI's innovative projects to make use of low-value forest biomass (see; and
  • Building toward sustainability - We are a small organization with a large property and enormous agenda. We need your help to grow so we continue to experiment with new forestry practices and create new programs to increase community activities in the Usal Forest.

This holiday season, I hope you will consider making a gift of $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more. RFFI needs to grow, and is a place where the Three E's, Ecology, Economy and Equity, aren't just words - they are our mission. Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to reporting our progress in 2015.

RFFI Says Thanks To You!

Thank you to our many donors and volunteers who
help us keep Working Community Forests working!

Working Community Forests

Thank you! Contributions to RFFI have enormous leveraging power. A $100 contribution leverages $500 in forest and stream restoration. Beyond that your contributions are supporting foresters, scientists and logging jobs in the woods along with community engagement in managing the forest. RFFI needs your support to continue to practice a high level of forest stewardship. Please help us keep this Working Community Forest working.

Donate online, or mail your gift to:
PO Box 12
Mendocino, CA 95460

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Usal Redwood Forest restoration project map
Usal Redwood Forest restoration project map

A Green Gift for any Occasion

Visit Green Gifts for any Occasion and chose a gift that conveys your love of nature and commitment to improving the environment now and in the future.

Your Gift Supports:

  • Redwood and Fir Forests
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Clean Water
  • Salmon Recovery
  • Jobs in the Woods
  • Scenic Beauty
  • Old-growth Redwoods
  • Connecting People to their Forests

Front Cover: Michael Bagdonas
Back Cover: Usal Forest Map: Karen Youngblood CG, LLC.
Other Photos: Mitzi Rider & Heidi Knott Gundling


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