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.
Coastal redwood seedling will be planted this winter; photo by Andrea Horvath
Cali-Roots: Will Redwood passholders be able to actually visit these trees?
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.
Cali-Roots: This partnership is very exciting!
Cali-Roots: Where will the trees dedicated to the Redwood Passholders be planted?
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: What is a Community Forest and why are they so important?
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 plant 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,