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Fall 2013 Newsletter

by Kathy Moxon

Kathy Moxon
Kathy Moxon
Chair, RFFI Board of Directors

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, and it is upon us! I keep thinking the RFFI work will slow down, but no — so much to do and so little time.

Having Mark Welther, our new President / CEO, aboard has been great; please get to know him. He comes to us, most recently, from the Golden Gate Audubon Society. We are hoping to build on his relationships to help increase RFFI's visibility in the Bay Area. As usual, there are lots of projects in play. It is a relief to have someone to orchestrate our efforts and keep us on task.

Of great interest is the launch of our Biochar Demonstration project. It was a little slow getting out of the gate, but the contract for fabrication of the machine has been signed. We are partnering with Humboldt State University (HSU) for testing the machine and the qualities of the product itself. Read the article by Judy Harwood, who RFFI has hired to spearhead that project.

Two related projects that have been slowly moving along are the creation of a comprehensive stewardship plan for Usal and our Forest Stewardship Certification process. Several facets have yet to be tackled. Work on our forest management plan includes: vegetation management policies; development of Safe Harbor agreements with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration that address habitat enhancements for owls and for aquatic species; and the creation of a comprehensive restoration plan (visit for photos and videos).

Last but not least, RFFI has been working to support Humboldt County's efforts to acquire approximately 1,000 acres of forestland from Green Diamond for a community forest on the edge of the city of Eureka. That purchase could close as early at the end of 2013, which is coming at us like a freight train!

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