Redwood Forest Foundation
North Coast Loses Three Forest Champions
This past August saw the tragic murders of two
well known and highly respected individuals,
both of whom were killed while on the job in the
Matt Coleman (45) worked for the Mendocino Land Trust organizing volunteers to remove invasive plants and educating them on forest ecology.
Jere Melo (68) was a longtime city councilman and former mayor of Fort Bragg who also worked on the security staff of Campbell Timberland Management Company.
A third forest champion, Bud Harwood, passed away at his home in Branscomb on September 1, just one week shy of his 85th birthday. Bud had been a giant in the Mendocino timber industry since the 1940s and at its peak his family business, Harwood Products, was one of the largest private employers in Mendocino County. Bud believed in community service
and is well known for his extensive civic
involvement and generous financial support of
many community causes. He was an advocate of
sustainable forestry and a critical early supporter
We sorely miss these three friends and honor their legacies of dedicated community involvement.