Basic Tenets Associated with All Forest Management Activities
- Employ local labor and expertise for staffing forest management and restoration activities.
- Sell logs and other wood products to local mills of all capacities.
- Local residents will have priority when issuing permits for non-commercial forest products.
- Always be good neighbor when operating in watersheds and near property lines.
- Engage the public during the forest management planning process.
- Recognize the working forest is a living laboratory and serves as a teaching tool for public benefit.
- All RFFI forest lands will be managed under the existing
Forest Stewardship Council's Pacific Coast Regional Guidelines including all standards pertaining to:
- The use of forest pesticides
- The management of old growth stands and individual trees
- Forest dependent fish, wildlife and floristic species.
- The silvicultural system of choice shall encourage and maintain an all-aged, all species mix forest composition.
- Priority shall be given to the protection of soil, water quality, and wildlife habitat when planning, designing and conducting all timber harvesting operations.
- Priority shall be given to restoration activities that are focused on the protection of soil, water quality, and wildlife habitat.
- All of RFFI's "Working Community Forests" will be managed for long-term production of high-quality sawlogs.
- Priority is given to the timely payment of interest and the scheduled retirement of all debt.
- Revenues received from the sale of logs will cover management and restoration costs.
- Seek supplemental revenue opportunities from non-timber forest products such as recreation, education, etc.
- When additional revenues are available, they shall be distributed for public benefit purposes in conformance with RFFI's non-profit status.
- RFFI's Board of Directors shall exclusively formulate all forest management policies.
- RFFI's Forest Management Staff shall be expected to carry out such policies.
- RFFI's subcommittee on Forest Management shall serve as an oversight committee for the forest management staff on matters directly related to the execution of such policies.