The Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. (RFFI) ultimate goal: to establish working community forests managed sustainably to protect and restore the ecosystem, support biodiversity, address climate change, provide wood products, support the local economy and eventually invest any excess revenue into the community.
Plant a Redwood to commemorate any occasion. The Redwood Forest Foundation will plant young redwood trees in your honor, or in honor of a friend or loved one, in a redwood forest in northern California’s Redwood region. The Honoree receives an attractive 8″ by 11″ certificate suitable for framing with a customized message acknowledging you as the donor. These enduring gifts are suitable for any occasion.
We purchased Usal Redwood Forest in Northern Mendocino County in 2007.
We are committed to restoring a landscape that has been severely degraded by aggressive timber harvesting that has depleted the forest ecosystem. We are committed to restoring the essential relationships, values and qualities that characterize healthy forestlands and watersheds. The Redwood Region in general, and the Usal Redwood Forest specifically, have had a tragic history of damage – some irreparable, and some that will take many decades or even centuries to repair. RFFI is addressing the difficult legacy problems and taking steps to correct the correctible.
We initially focused on adverse road impacts. Removing over nine miles of roads and restoring streams has allowed salmon and steelhead to return to spawn in our coastal streams. Work has been expanded to include riparian and other interconnected landscapes in support of fish and wildlife. Working with our partners has allowed RFFI to continue extensive watershed restoration in the Usal Redwood Forest. This is an intensive and very expensive effort. We have used our investment and generous donations from supporters to leverage more than $5,000,000 in restoration funding. RFFI and our partners have utilized guidance from experts at UC Berkeley, NOAA Fisheries, California Department of Fish and Game and CalFire in the process.
There is a sense of helplessness when absentee landowners make decisions that have negative environmental, economic and social impacts on local communities. The RFFI model provides an opportunity for community groups, individuals and other stakeholders to be involved in decisions about how the forest should be managed. This “sense of ownership” empowers local citizens to be part of shaping a future that will result in a healthier community for them to live and raise their families.
Recently a RFFI.ORG webinar demonstrated the benefits of converting forest slash to biochar- building healthy, fire-resilient forests. Here is another beneficial use of this ancient Aztec product. An Ontario dairy farmer, who operates a 75-head milking herd of purebred registered Holsteins discovered the benefits to bovine health and reducing methane production when the cows accidentally began eating biochar. Read about the results of the one-year trial he conducted. >> https://bit.ly/3gDUW3u#biochar#methane#bovinehealth#dairy#farming
It was a lucky accident of sorts for dairy producer Aaron Smith. A broken bag of biochar inside his barn allowed his cows to sample the powdery black