Working Community Forests  

Ferns in Redwood Forest, photo credit: Greg Jirak  


About RFFI
Community Forestry
Usal Redwood Forest
Plant a Redwood Now
Bank of America
News & Newsletters
RFFI In The News
Who We Are
Contact RFFI
Join our mailing list

Redwood Forest Foundation

Spring 2015 Newsletter

by Kathy Moxon

Kathy Moxon
Kathy Moxon
Board Chair
Redwood Forest Foundation

In the fall 2014 newsletter, RFFI's president, Mark Welther, outlined a 100-year vision that includes a "RFFI business model" incorporating innovative and recognized best practices. This model improves forest health and long term productivity by utilizing least-toxic vegetation management practices for invasive species control and produces the conversion to unevenage management more quickly than the 60-year timeframe called for in the conservation easement.

The result will be a sustainable forest in perpetuity with selectively harvested conifers that continue to provide community jobs, products and revenue, while also protecting the ecosystem and the species that depend on a healthy forest. Realizing this vision depends upon the engagement of a larger redwood community for forest management decisions, and it also includes a visitors' center to support public access, education and recreation. While the vision is clear, the path to achieving it is much less so. But RFFI is encouraged by having reached significant milestones on a number of fronts including,

  • Logging operations on schedule to produce seven million board feet this year,
  • Submission of Forest Stewardship Council documentation; certification anticipated in 2015,
  • Completion of the biochar demonstration project with transition to production and sales,
  • Manual vegetation management experiments that, while expensive, hold promise,
  • Secured funding for phases five and six, which will complete the water course restoration and road decommissioning in the Standley Creek watershed,
  • Completed the Coho Restoration Plan for the South Fork of the Eel, including the identification of projects on Usal Redwood Forest.

These are just a few successes that keep us advancing toward the RFFI model of forestry that will treat forests and livelihoods in a way that respects both people and the environment. This vision depends upon the continued engagement of people who share these goals and contribute to their realization - whether by providing input to forest decision-making, volunteering, or contributing financial support. Now, more than ever, we need your help to make it happen.

Return to
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Table of Contents

Redwood Bark

Home  -  FAQ  -  Credits  -  Search/SiteMap

© 2004-2016 Redwood Forest Foundation