Meet Our Forest Protection Partners

WFS Youth at Redwood Regional Park

Ancient Forest International

Founded 1989
Contact: Rick Klein

Ancient Forest International works to safeguard biological diversity in primary forests in temperate and tropical bioregions. 

Institute for Sustainable Forestry

Founded 1990
Contact: Chip Tittman
[email protected]

We promote forest management that contributes to the long-term ecological and economic well-being of forest-based communities in northwestern California. ISF’s main programs include forest and watershed stewardship, community economic development, and sustainable forestry certification support. To learn more about sustainable forestry, check out our Sustainable Forestry Journalism Project’s radio programs archived on
our website.

InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council

Founded 1986
Contact: Hawk Rosales
[email protected]

InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council is a nonprofit Tribal conservation consortium of ten federally recognized Northern California Indian Tribes that retain ancestral and cultural ties to the Sinkyone Tribal territory in southern Humboldt and northern Mendocino counties. The ITSWC works to reestablish local Indian peoples’ stewardship in the Sinkyone region of the North Coast through culturally informed land conservation, restoration of the redwood ecosystem, management of traditional resources, environmental education, Native land and water rights advocacy, and partnerships with various conservation organizations and agencies. In 1997, the ITSWC established the first-ever InterTribal Wilderness on 3,845 acres of Sinkyone ancestral land acquired from The Trust for Public Land.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Founded 1997
[email protected]

The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is an advocate for the forests, wildlife, and waters of the Klamath and Rogue River Basins of southwest Oregon and northwest California. We use environmental law, science, collaboration, education, and grassroots organizing to defend healthy ecosystems and help build sustainable communities. KS Wild fights for protection and restoration of the incomparable ecological riches of the southwest Oregon and northwest California region. We monitor public lands in the Rogue River/Siskiyou, Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, and the Medford
and Coos Bay Districts of the Bureau of Land Management.

Lost Coast League

Founded 1972
Contact: Ellen Taylor
[email protected]

The Lost Coast League works to protect and preserve the public trust resources of northern California, and specifically along the Lost Coast of Humboldt County.  Our goals include the protection of Rainbow Ridge and greater incorporation of Indigenous people in resource decisions on the North Coast. 

Mendocino Trail Stewards

Founded 2020
Contact: Lynne Paschal
[email protected]
Instagram: @mendocino_trail_stewards

MTS is a watchdog for the public relating to the management of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest. We inform the public on happenings in the Forest, and we teach citizens how to take action. We also educate people on the unique qualities of this forest, and we host trash pick-up days.

Our mission is to change the mandate of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest to demonstrate wildfire resilience, carbon sequestration, and ecosystem restoration in a context of enhanced recreational opportunity.

Our vision is to pass legislation to make Jackson Demonstration State Forest a reserve, with a mandate for non-motorized recreation, habitat restoration, and
ecological regeneration.

Mid-Eel Watershed Stewards

Founded 2020
Contact: Mickey Bailey
[email protected]

Mid-Eel Watershed Stewards (MEWS) works with private landowners throughout the Mid-Eel River watershed to improve forest health utilizing Traditional Ecological Knowledge in order to reduce catastrophic fire risk, foster oak woodland restoration, improve grassland health, increase biodiversity, and help restore base streamflows. We also work with our neighbors on water security and water conservation issues, and to reduce erosion and pollution in the Eel River watershed.

ReLeaf Petaluma

Founded 2020
Contact: John Shribbs
[email protected]

ReLeaf Petaluma plants native trees in the Petaluma watershed. Our mission is to engage the community to plant and steward native trees and shrubs to improve the environmental health of the Petaluma watershed. We envision a Petaluma valley and watershed where native trees and shrubs thrive, enriching our lives by providing native wildlife with shelter and habitat, our ecosystem with rich biodiversity, our river with soil-stabilizing riparian plant systems, and our community with a cooling tree canopy. We see a community in which biodiversity is venerated and trees are respected for the benefits they provide to all of the planet’s life cycle. By doing so, we can conceive of a community that actively stewards the health of native plant species, rewarding us with active participation in the health of our planet.

Sanctuary Forest

Founded 1987
Contact: April Newlander
[email protected]
Instagram: @sanctuary.forest

Sanctuary Forest is a nonprofit land and water trust with a mission to conserve the Mattole River watershed and surrounding areas for wildlife habitat and aesthetic, spiritual, and intrinsic values, in cooperation with our diverse community.

The Women’s Forest Sanctuary

Founded 1993
Contact: Susan Werner
[email protected]

The Women’s Forest Sanctuary’s mission is to purchase, protect, and conserve forests, and provide education about nature and the environment. We engage in land conservation and sustain the protection and maintenance of a 14-acre redwood grove on the Mattole River in Southern Humboldt County. We provide outreach and education about redwood ecosystems and facilitate an annual Redwood Forest Program for urban youth.

Youth visit Redwood Regional Park in Oakland as part of Women Forest Sanctuary’s annual Redwood Forest program.  Photo by Susan Werner