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RFFI partners with the
2018 California Roots
Monterey Music and Arts Festival
to plant 1800 redwood trees

INTERVIEW

2018 California Roots Music and Arts Festival

Cali-Roots will dedicate 1800 redwood trees
in honor of their VIP Redwood Passholders.

Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) will plant
the 1800 redwood trees in Usal Redwood Forest.

Where?   Find out all about it here!




Cali-Roots: For those just learning about RFFI, can you explain your mission as an organization?

RFFI: Sure! The Redwood Forest Foundation is a grass-roots, non-profit organization that acquires, protects, restores and manages forestlands and other related resources in the Redwood Region for the long-term benefit of the communities located there.

Quite a mouthful, I know! RFFI was created by local residents who worked together to transcend the bitter strife known as the "Timber Wars." In 1997, after years of working to move beyond the rancor and sometimes violent conflict to establish common ground, a group of stakeholders with widely divergent perspectives formed the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI). In 2007, RFFI bought the Usal Redwood Forest, a 50,000 acre redwood forest. These once-warring stakeholders now work together to sustainably manage the forest in order to revitalize the ecology, economy and social equity of the redwood region. We have a number of other projects that you can read about at www.rffi.org.

Cali-Roots: What is a Community Forest and why are they so important?

Coastal redwood seedling will be planted this winter; photo by Andrea Horvath
Coastal redwood seedling will be planted
this winter; photo by Andrea Horvath
RFFI: First of all, preserving forests of all kind is very important. More than 14 million acres of virgin forest is lost or subdivided each year with alarming results. "Community Forest" means different things to different people. RFFI sees it as a wonderful ecological and economic resource, a forest where local residents play an active role in the management of their natural resources. It is important because a forest of this size benefits the planet and the wildlife, fish and people who live in it and nearby. The RFFI perspective on community forests is founded on the integration of social, economic and environmental values.

Cali-Roots: This partnership is very exciting!

RFFI: We agree! We are very excited about this partnership with like-minded folks - Cali-Roots like RFFI is a grass-roots organization that is demonstrating that economic and ecological goals can be achieved simultaneously with enjoyment and social engagement. We love the symbolism of the Redwood Pass. It offers us an opportunity to partner throughout the redwood region from the Oregon border to Monterey county, the only place in the world where coastal redwood forests grow naturally.

Cali-Roots: Over 1800 trees will be planted because of this partnership. What type of carbon offset and benefits will come from planting those trees?

RFFI: Recent university studies confirm that redwood forests remove and store more carbon from the atmosphere per acre than any other forest on the planet. We all try to reduce our own carbon footprint. Planting redwoods, redwood reforestation, takes it one step further; it actually removes some of the carbon dioxide that is changing our climate. These redwoods convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and water and store the carbon for thousands of years. In time, other redwoods will be planted at this spot; together they will also provide wildlife habitat and other benefits.

Cali-Roots: Where will the trees dedicated to the Redwood Passholders be planted?

RFFI: We have already planted 900 of these redwood seedlings that were carefully nurtured from locally gathered seeds. They were planted in a remote roadless area of our Usal Redwood Forest. This is part of a massive watershed restoration in the Standley Creek watershed, a major salmon-bearing tributary of the Eel River. We removed abandoned roads that were leaching tons of sediment into streams and uncovered long buried tributaries. The other 900 redwoods will be planted this winter in honor of Cali-Roots and the Redwood Passholders in areas that were burned in the tragic wildfires in northern California. Visit our Facebook page to see planting in action.



Planting Crew carried redwood seedlings three miles into this remote area of Usal Redwood Forest.

Cali-Roots: Will Redwood passholders be able to actually visit these trees?

RFFI: Harder to do than last year as main planting is remote. We post photos to Facebook and our webpage periodically. RFFI will hold an event each year to celebrate and make prior years’ planting available to Cali-Roots Redwood Passholders. Please ask your Redwood Passholders to contact Lin Barrett at morgan@rffi.org for the details. 

Cali-Roots: For those wanting to get involved, what can they do?

RFFI: We thrive on community involvement.

First, Volunteer!   We need all kinds of help. We have local volunteers and those who help us from a distance. Visit our website and sign up to volunteer.

Secondly, Donate!   Online donations are easy to make. A fun way to donate is through our Plant a Redwood Now program. Donors can make a donation and have redwoods planted in honor of family, friends and loved ones. This is a great gift for any occasion.

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