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Basic Tenets Associated with All Forest Management Activities

Social Concerns
  • 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.
Environmental Concerns
  • All RFFI forest lands will be managed under the existing Forest Stewardship Council's Pacific Coast Regional Guidelines including all standards pertaining to:
      Ancient redwood with tree size sucker in the northern portion of the Usal Redwood Forest
    • 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.
Economic Concerns
  • 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.
Management Concerns
  • 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.

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