About Us

Trees Foundation Staff
Mona Provisor, Jeri Fergus, and Kerry Reynolds

Who We Are

Trees Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 based in Garberville, California that supports over thirty grassroots partner groups working on behalf of the forests, rivers, and wildlife of California’s North Coast.

 Trees Foundation was founded in 1991 to empower and assist regional community-based conservation and restoration projects. In the face of the climate crisis, we recently expanded our mission to include support for groups working to promote healthy land stewardship. This includes conservation and restoration work, and also recognizes the important role humans play in reducing carbon emissions, increasing carbon sequestration, and working to make forests and communities more prepared to withstand longer drought and larger fires caused by climate change. 

What We Do

Trees Foundation empowers grassroots efforts by providing our partner groups with access to graphic design services; fiscal sponsorship; GIS (Geographic Information System) mapmaking services; donor-advised grant opportunities; event planning and facilitation support; and organizational development consultations.

Trees Foundation highlights the work and perspectives of our North Coast partner groups in our magazine Forest & River News, which we design, edit, and publish three times a year on 100% recycled paper using plant-based inks.  


What is Healthy Land Stewardship?

Healthy land stewardship of the Redwood Coast—temperate rainforests stretching from Santa Cruz, CA up to Southern Oregon—includes preservation and restoration of functioning ecosystems, as well as making watersheds more prepared to withstand environmental threats caused by climate change, including more extreme fire and drought.

While national efforts at reducing and reversing the climate crisis stall and flounder, Trees Foundation helps to empower local efforts to reduce carbon emissions, plant more carbon-absorbing trees, and preserve and support the health of our remaining carbon-absorbing forests.


The Power of the Grassroots

The North Coast of California benefits tremendously from the numerous and diverse environmental organizations who are staffed by activists who have devoted their lives to protecting our wild and beautiful lands. These community efforts are a key component to the ecological recovery of the Redwood Region and Northern California. Grassroots forest protection successes include the permanent protection of the Headwaters Forest Reserve, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, Gilham Butte Reserve, and hundreds of thousands of acres more.

River, Stream, & Watershed restoration groups are doing citizen monitoring of water quality, improving miles of degraded fisheries habitat, and rescuing thousands of stranded salmon by planting native trees to provide habitat.

Your Support is Essential

Your tax-deductible donation is vital to support and advance hard fought conservation victories. The recovery of Northern California forests, rivers, and wildlife is dependent on community participation and personal action. Trees Foundation relies on individual donors for more than 80% of our annual budget. Please join us!

Our Roots

Trees Foundation: A Beginning

Fall of 2011 By Leib Ostrow
I’ve been invited to write a piece about the origins of the Trees Foundation in recognition of its twenty years of service.
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