Redwood Forest Foundation
Outstanding Volunteer 2014:
Jill and Rufus at her home in Yorkville, CA
Photo copyright: Johanna Cummings
Jill Hannum became involved with RFFI in 2010. Jill responded to the Redwood Rescue Project, a radio (KOZT-FM) based campaign which captured attention from redwood lovers around the globe.
Jill made a donation and picked up 30 trees. She sent fifteen to an arboretum in Hungary, where they already had some Sequoia Sempervirens. She placed them in the care of two respected dendrologists, who were successfully raising Sequoia Sempervirens in Hungary. She has kept us informed of their progress over the ensuing years. Jill also picked up, stored and cared for redwoods that she later transported to other "planters" who supported the project by planting the trees in Anderson Valley.
A coast redwood that Jill rescued. The redwood is shown here with
Zsolt Debreczy, Director, International Dendrological Research Institute,
in its new home in Budakeszi Hungary.
In 2010, Sharon Edell, RFFI's newsletter editor, discovered Jill's editing skills. At that point, Jill became a regular member of the RFFI team. For the past four years she has served as a pro-bono copy editor for all of the promotional materials that RFFI has developed, including:
- biannual newsletters;
- annual appeals; and
- brochures and fliers that are included in RFFI's outreach packets.
Jill has a knack for making complex subjects understandable to a wide audience. This is not surprising since Jill has been a professional free-lance editor for 30 years. Spending four years editing an atlas of the temperate world's conifers - Conifers Around the World certainly prepared her for her work with RFFI. The two-volume atlas has now become the definitive reference work on the subject and is also full of fabulous photographs.
Samples of Jill's work are available at the Volunteer Display table. RFFI is extremely grateful to Jill for her continuing service and looks forward to a long relationship!
RFFI Outstanding Volunteer, Jill Hannum, delivered trees
to friends in Anderson valley and found some a suitable home
in an arboretum in Budakeszi, Hungary, where they are thriving.