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2015 Annual Update

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2015 Annual Update




Certification Assures High Standard of Forest Stewardship

Greg Giusti,
Director, UC Cooperative Extension-Lake/Mendocino Counties,
RFFI Board Member , ex-officio

RFFI's Forest Stewardship Council certification mark

The Usal Redwood Forest, owned and managed by the Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc., (RFFI) was awarded certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) as a "well managed forest" in 2015. FSC certification assures that RFFI's management of the Usal Forest conforms to an International and National set of standards assuring sustainable forest management. These standards establish expected levels of performance addressing social, economic and environmental parameters recognizing the context of how forests support and nurture local communities and industries. The certifying body, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a California-based organization who has been a founding member of the FSC movement. Their Vice President of Forest Management Programs is a UC-Berkeley trained forester and an international leader in the certification movement.

RRFI's long-term goal for the Usal Redwood Forest is to attain a forest dominated by merchantable redwoods and Douglas-fir trees. The forest is now dominated by under-sized conifers and hardwoods, the legacy of past forest extraction programs. FSC certification insures third-party oversight of the decisions and actions of the RFFI Board, over time, to insure that the standards of sustainable forest management are not violated. This collaborative effort between RFFI and SCS establishes a business relationship with both parties working together for the same desired goals. The joint effort expands RFFI's reach and influence beyond Mendocino County for the mutual benefit of both parties.

As with all forest management programs this is just another component of a large and complex process with the intended outcome of assuring an ecologically functional, economically viable and socially acceptable, forest management operation.




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 Board Chair addresses RFFI supporters at the Annual Meeting at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area on July 18, 2015
Kathy Moxon—RFFI Board Chair addresses RFFI supporters at the Annual Meeting
at Standish Hickey State Recreation Area on July 18, 2015




Youthful Philanthropists Invigorate Redwood Reforestation

Plant a Redwood Now!

Donations to RFFI's redwood reforestation program fund redwoods that are typically planted in honor of a donor's loved ones, family and clients. RFFI plants baby redwoods in redwood forest in California's Redwood region. Honorees or their families receive a lovely certificate with a customized message acknowledging the donor. Some of the most moving tributes have been inspired or supported by young people. Four remarkable young people are influencing the world of philanthropy.


Friends and family memorialized Elizabeth Finley Broaddus's love of the planet with a generous gift and moving tribute. Finley, a Virginia resident, had established her own foundation in support of environmental causes at the age of seventeen.

Elizabeth Finley Broaddus founded FinleysGreenLeapForward. 'Please smile when you see nature in its glory, laugh at our own foolishness, and bear all things with strength and selflessness ~ and to pay her tribute, remember to care for this planet as she cared so much. In this way you will help to keep her with us.'
Elizabeth Finley Broaddus
founded FinleysGreenLeapForward. "Please smile when you see nature in its glory, laugh at our own foolishness, and bear all things with strength and selflessness ~ and to pay her tribute, remember to care for this planet as she cared so much. In this way you will help to keep her with us."


William Tyler Huber's loving family from Scotland captured William's commitment to improving the environment, love of trees and redwoods, in particular, with multiple gifts in his honor. William's love of redwoods was fostered at Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton, Scotland. His legacy supports numerous foundations that work for causes he believed in.

William Tyler Huber in the forest that kindled his love of redwoods—Cadzow Glen, Hamilton, Scotland. Once a remarkably compassionate and thoughtful child, William's legacy supports human and environmental causes. 'The wind whispers his name ~ the branches wave in his honor.'
William Tyler Huber
in the forest that kindled his love of redwoods—Cadzow Glen, Hamilton, Scotland. Once a remarkably compassionate and thoughtful child, William's legacy supports human and environmental causes. "The wind whispers his name ~ the branches wave in his honor."


The Bedell family encourages philanthropy in their grand-children by having them participate in the family's Dreamcatcher Foundation. Three years ago, then ten-year old, Berkley Pelletier chose to designate his $1,000 donation for planting redwoods via RFFI's Plant a Redwood program; he renewed the gift for three years. Berk's younger sister, who actually helped to plant baby redwoods in Redwood Regional Park on Earth Day, became RFFI's youngest philanthropist at the age of four. Her 2014 gift supports 35 redwoods.

Berkley Pelletier donated his first gift, at the age of ten, through his family's Dreamcatcher Foundation. Berk personally helped to plant redwoods on Earth Day in Redwood Regional Park.
Berkley Pelletier
donated his first gift, at the age of ten, through his family's Dreamcatcher Foundation. Berk personally helped to plant redwoods on Earth Day in Redwood Regional Park.




Art Harwood Honored as 'Founder' by the
Redwood Forest Foundation

Three generations of Harwoods were on hand to honor Art: Virginia, Becky, Art and Judith
Three generations of Harwoods were on hand to honor Art: Virginia, Becky, Art and Judith.

Kathleen Moxon, Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) Board Chair, bestowed RFFI's highest honor, that of 'Founder,' on Art Harwood at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

RFFI reserves the term 'Founder' and the dedication of an old growth redwood tree to those very few individuals and organizations that have made an absolutely crucial financial or developmental contribution in supporting RFFI's ability to achieve its important mission of acquiring and conserving California's redwood forests. Art played an essential and seminal role in founding and guiding RFFI through the most important stages of its development and Usal Forest acquisition.

Louis Hoaglin, of the Wailaki tribal group, spoke to Art's longterm community contribution and Judith Harwood delivered a moving tribute that brought the cheering audience to its feet. An old-growth redwood tree will be dedicated in Art's honor in Founder's Grove in the Usal Redwood Forest.

Read more at www.rffi.org.




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North Coast Biochar

California is waging a losing battle against three of the largest issues of our time: severe catastrophic forest fires, drought and climate change.

RFFI is producing North Coast Biochar, a soil amendment that offers an elegant solution. The Biochar is produced from excess hardwoods and brush that present an extreme fire hazard, compete with conifers, and suck up water that would otherwise flow to streams. The molecular structure of Biochar binds water and nutrients, reducing on-farm water and fertilizer use. It is pure carbon; when buried it sequesters carbon for thousands of years.

RFFI has completed the Biochar Demonstration Project and is moving toward commercial operation. We are partnering with Schats Energy Research Center (SERC) to connect a feedstock dryer and spark arrester to the unit. North Coast Biochar can generate a profit if RFFI can obtain funding to make the necessary modifications. Support this worthwhile project.




REDWOOD FORESTS FOR OUR FUTURE

Mark Welther, RFFI President and CEO
Mark Welther,
RFFI President and CEO
Many of you know Darcie Mahoney as a respected forester and, until 2007, a RFFI board member. Darcie recently called to say that she is excited about changes at RFFI and is interested in getting involved again. Changes in 2015 include:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification
  • Registration in 2015 to sell carbon credits that will pay RFFI to leave trees standing for 100 years
  • Establishing RFFI's own forest management team that will directly manage Usal after transitioning smoothly in October from Campbell Global
  • Creating a more sustainable harvest model that will reduce our debt while allowing
  • Restoring one of the most important salmon tributaries of the South Fork Eel River, Standley Creek.

RFFI Supporters tell me that they are especially inspired by our restoration work. How do we pay for it? The first five phases of Standley Creek restoration (of six phases) were financed with grants, plus RFFI's matching funds. Our contribution came largely from harvest revenues - in other words, cutting trees to fund restoration.

That's why this year I am asking you to support RFFI's ambitious two-year "Redwood Forests for Our Future" campaign.

REDWOOD FORESTS FOR OUR FUTURE is built upon our shared priorities:

  1. River Restoration for Coho Recovery
  2. Innovative Forest Management (including RFFI's herbicide moratorium)
  3. Forest Jobs for the Community
  4. Education and Public Engagement

We have already raised $2.8 million for Usal restoration; let's finish the job by raising another $2.8 million with charitable gifts, NOT harvest revenues.

Darcie is right, this is an exciting time for all within the RFFI community, including you. Won't you also get more involved and make the largest year-end gift you can afford to the REDWOOD FORESTS FOR OUR FUTURE campaign. We need the entire redwood community to give generously if we are going to change the way forestry is practiced in California and, ultimately, around the world.

Thank you for your continued support.


Thank You!




"Moving the Giants"

In recognition of RFFI's Plant a Redwood Now, The Story Group is collaborating with RFFI to support tree-planting projects that address climate change activities. Their short film "Moving the Giants" premiered at the Banff Mountain Film Festival on November 7, 2015. This film, about a tree-planting effort, focuses on California redwoods and depicts a carbon capture and storage technology that has been around for millions of years, is inexpensive to use, can be scaled up for global use, with the potential to reduce or forestall many projected climate change impacts. This astounding technology? Planting trees. Plant a Redwood Now!

In Honor Of




Usal Redwood Forest map

Usal Redwood Forest map




REDWOOD FORESTS FOR OUR FUTURE
  • River Restoration For Coho Recovery
  • Innovative Forest Stewardship
  • Forest Jobs For The Community
  • Education and Public Engagement

Investing in ecology and economy throughout the redwood region.

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Credits:
Front Cover: "Redwoods in Sunlight," Juriaan Blok
Back Cover: Usal Forest Map: Karen Youngblood CG, LLC.
Other Photos: Mitzi Rider



 

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