Meet Linwood Gill, RFFI's New Chief Forester
The Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) is pleased to introduce our new Chief Forester, Linwood Gill. Linwood assumes primary forest management responsibility for the Usal Redwood Forest Company (URFC), a RFFI subsidiary that owns and manages the 49,636 acre Usal Redwood Forest, located in northwest Mendocino County, California. This 78 sq. mi. property includes portions of two important watersheds: the majority of the Usal Creek drainage and significant tributaries of the South Fork of the Eel River.
According to Mark Welther, RFFI President and CEO, Linwood’s hiring represents an important milestone in URFC’s transition to self-management. “URFC began the process of building our own forest management staff in November 2015. With Linwood, we are confident that we now have exactly the person we wanted to lead our team, a highly-respected professional forester whose skills, experiences and personal philosophy align with RFFI’s goals.”
For nearly 30 years, Linwood has managed the Parker Ten Mile Ranch, a 2,500-acre forestland located north of Fort Bragg, CA. This forestland is a model of forest stewardship, epitomizing the kind of sustainable forest management that RFFI espouses.
After attending forestry school at the University of Georgia in the early 1980’s, Linwood pursued a lifelong dream of hiking the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1985. After completion of his hike, he traveled to the West Coast and began working with Craig Blencowe, a private consultant for non-industrial private landowners. It is this experience that shaped his forest management philosophy and the importance of building long term relationships with loggers, mill operators and the forest itself.
Linwood obtained his California Registered Professional Foresters License in 1995 and continued to work with Blencowe Associates preparing timber management plans, wildlife and archaeological surveys, ranch and forest roads inventories and assessments, and overseeing logging operations. In 2009, he formed his own consulting business, Gill Family Forest Management, which specialized in working with private family-owned forestlands.
He is a founding member of the Forest Stewards Guild and has served on its Board of Directors, the Membership and Policy Council, and is currently the California Coordinator. This relationship will be congruent with RFFI’s and the Guild’s well established connection. His personal hobbies include landscape photography, hiking, and marking timber.
Linwood currently lives on the Parker Ten Mile Ranch. He and his wife of 28 years, Jenny Heckeroth, have two grown sons, Forest and Rowan.
His favorite quote is from Henry Cary, founder of the Forest Stewards Guild: “A forester is remembered not for what he takes, but what he leaves behind.”