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RFFI Supporters Met the Challenge

Donors Gave More than $10,000
to Meet the Mattson Team Challenge
Thank You!
Your generosity helped us meet the challenge!

RFFI Board member, Pete Mattson, and his wife Patty teamed up with anonymous donors to issue a challenge to RFFI supporters! The Mattson team promised to donate $10,000 to RFFI, if RFFI supporters stepped forth with $10,000 in donations by November 1, 2010!

This was "All or Nothing!" Any gift of any amount would be matched dollar for dollar if RFFI raised gifts totaling $10,000 by November 1, 2010. Over 120 individuals stepped to the plate, generously giving more than the $10,000 that was required.

RFFI Board member Pete Mattson Pete Mattson and his wife Patty are Sea Ranch residents. Pete is a food-industry entrepreneur, a RFFI Board member, and Councillor of Save the Redwoods League. Patty is a UC Berkeley grad and works with Pete in his business. Mattson, vice-chairman of the Sonoma County Land Trust, was the Chairman of the Trust during the negotiation of the purchase of Jenner Headlands 5,630 acres for 36 million dollars - the largest conservation purchase in Sonoma County's history. Their anonymous partners live in Mendocino county and are deeply committed to protecting the environment while supporting the community.

Both families are avid supporters of the Redwood Forest Foundation's important work - revitalizing the ecology and the economy of the redwood region. The Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) is a very lean fiscal operation, despite the fact that they are doing work of significant regional and global importance.

RFFI is a non-profit organization that establishes working community forests that foster critical habitat for increased biodiversity, mitigate climate change and improve regional economic vitality. In 2007, RFFI purchased the 51,000-acre Usal Redwood Forest on the Mendocino-Humboldt County border, with an environmental loan from the Bank of America, and has injected over $4,000,000 into the local economy in the past 2 years. Eventually, as the restored forest begins to generate revenue, the excess revenue will be reinvested in the local economy.

If you missed out on this exciting opportunity to support RFFI's work,
you can make an online gift now.

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