Summer is finally here, and with an abundance of warmth and sunlight comes a time of vigorous growth from what were once humble beginnings. We are delighted to bring you many stories of our partner groups and their projects that, despite their recent inceptions, have blossomed into full fledged organizations and movements here in the redwoods of northern California and southern Oregon.
In these turbulent times, it is vital to recognize that every movement starts with a small determined group of people, eager to make a difference. But above all, it takes a willingness to learn, an openness to perspectives both new and old, and an infectious enthusiasm that stimulates growth and nurtures longevity.
In this issue you will find news from new groups like ReLeaf Petaluma, which has already planted hundreds of native trees in its first year, to the efforts of established organizations like EPIC and Sanctuary Forest to defend and restore river habitat for native fish. While it is increasingly clear that our places in which we live are struggling, what is less clear is a vision of what a thriving community of people and land together looks like. Fortunately, there are many answers to this question, just as there are many groups striving to make them a reality. Each group and author featured here is attempting to solve one small part of the greatest puzzle of our time, how to live in harmony.
We hope that these stories of successes and struggles will instill in you a sense that community is not just a gathering of people or a place, but how we interact with that place as a people. We each have a responsibility to our community, a duty to leave our place better than we found it, and in the process we enrich our own lives as well.
For the wild,
Jeri Fergus, Mona Provisor, Kerry Reynolds, and Mitchell Danforth