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Spring 2012 Newsletter

President's Letter
Kathy Moxon, President, Board of Directors

Kathy Moxon
Kathy Moxon

I certainly welcome the sunny weather that has finally arrived after a long season of wet and mud, but most of all the coming of spring means RFFI will be taking a significant step towards fulfilling our vision of sustainable forestry in the Usal Redwood Forest.

The delays and complexity of securing the conservation easement were necessarily the focus of our efforts these past several years. Now that these critical protections are in place, cementing RFFI's fundamental tenets of sustainable forestry and preventing fragmentation and development forever, we can enter a new phase of management. The California Department of Forestry has approved our timber harvest plans and we hope to see a pickup in housing construction which could positively affect log prices, and this summer, the first logs will come off of Usal. Check out the article, Working in the Forest, for details on our projected work in the forest.

It seems that with each newsletter, I write about two things: change and how much we still have ahead of us. In the wake of our easement success, there are changes among our board and staff. Thanks are due to several board members who championed our easement efforts and have now stepped down, including Don Kemp, Pete Mattson and Joe Euphrat. Without their tireless efforts we would not have been successful. We also wish to welcome new Board member, Mike Balok, formerly a forestry investment specialist with Bank of America, who has hit the ground running.

RFFI also wishes to welcome Tom Tuchmann of US Forest Capital as RFFI's Acting Executive Director. He'll serve through 2012 and outlines RFFI's 2012 priorities in his article later in this newsletter. Tom is no stranger to RFFI, having been with us since the beginning in 1998, and this experience combines with his professional work to prepare him for the important work ahead. Tom takes over from Art Harwood who has been instrumental in RFFI's birth and development, and although he has stepped down from his staff role, Art remains a vital part of RFFI's Community Advisory Committee and will provide leadership from that vantage point as RFFI embarks on long-range forest management.

Like the rhythm of seasonal change in our forests, after last year's busy, successful summer, news from RFFI quieted while we celebrated our successes and regrouped for the busy work season ahead. We are rejuvenated and excited about the future and are looking forward to sharing our plans with you at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 21. I hope you will join us again this year for lunch and an update on RFFI. As always, we need your interest and support and we hope you will check our website regularly for updates and information and, of course, that you will join us in any way you can.

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