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Redwood Forest Foundation

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Welcome
by Kathy Moxon

Kathy Moxon
Kathy Moxon
Chair, RFFI Board of Directors

For many of us who were looking forward to winter hibernation, it just didn't happen this year. RFFI has been busy. Spring is now bursting forth and life is speeding up again.

Last winter, RFFI made great strides in developing a Stewardship plan and committed to a three-year moratorium on herbicide use, as described in Mark Welther's column. The herbicide issue epitomizes the challenges RFFI faces, in this case in meeting Forest Practice Rules for restocking after a timber harvest. It is not the first time that rules designed to keep people from doing the "wrong" thing (e.g., excessive harvest without appropriate steps to ensure regeneration) have made it more difficult to do the "right" thing (e.g., manage without herbicides.) But RFFI continues to work on balancing our desired forestry practices with meeting our financial obligations while pursuing our vision of sustainable forest management. This year, after consulting several experts, we look forward to experimenting with forest structure by planting redwoods under a thinned tanoak over-story.

In addition to thinking about timber management and financial obligations, we are reaching out to develop meaningful opportunities for community engagement beyond the Usal forest. For details see Community Engagement in this newsletter. RFFI is fortunate to have enthusiastic supporters who see the potential that the RFFI vision offers. It is this support that fuels our steady forward progress.

I hope the RFFI annual meeting is already on your calendars - Saturday, July 26, 2014. It is a great opportunity to catch up with RFFI progress and players while enjoying great food and good company. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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