Jene McCovey speaking at a rally for the Mattole forests at HRC headquarters in Scotia in 2018. photo by Karen Pickett

August 11, 1951—February 8, 2021 Yurok elder Jene McCovey (August 11, 1951—February 8, 2021) will be greatly missed on the North Coast as a dedicated and inspiring environmental leader. In 2014, Jene was presented with the Circle of Courage award by the Women’s Intercultural Network, and in 2018 she was chosen for the Sempervirens Lifetime…

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In 2020, Trees Foundation was thrilled to welcome Willits Environmental Center (WEC) as a Trees Foundation partner group. Kerry Reynolds, the Director of Organizational Development and Outreach for Trees Foundation, recently spoke with WEC founders David and Ellen Drell about their organization’s history. Kerry Reynolds When did Willits Environmental Center get its start? David Drell…

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Friends of the Lost Coast is committed to inspiring a passion for nature and connecting our local communities with meaningful experiences in the amazing public lands of the Lost Coast. We offer volunteer stewardship opportunities that connect local people to hands-on experiences working in our public lands. Last December, Friends of the Lost Coast and…

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In 2020, Salmonid Restoration Federation was awarded a grant from the Rose Foundation to research and conduct outreach regarding the potential for aquaculture in Humboldt Bay. The bay is already home to an oyster-farming industry, and it was recently announced that Humboldt State University will be starting a seaweed farm in the bay. Humboldt Bay…

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photo courtesy Benjamin Stone, Curator for American and British History at Stanford University Library

The full collection of Trees Foundation’s grassroots publication is now a part of the Special Collections of Stanford University Library. Our publication was titled Branching Out from 1998-2007, and changed to Forest & River News in 2008.

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Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Elder Priscilla Hunter on Protecting Her Forest Family & Recovering Her Homeland Originally published at www.mendocinotrailstewards.org/stewards-readings-blog/priscilla-hunter-speaks My name is Priscilla Hunter and I am a tribal elder of Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. I also serve as the Chairwoman of the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council consisting of ten local…

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Mid-Eel Watershed Steward and Round Valley elder Ron Lincoln Sr., with his granddaughter Hazel at left, giving the blessing at teh Round Valley Salmon Awareness Festival in 2016.

This spring, Trees Foundation was thrilled to welcome Mid-Eel Watershed Stewards (MEWS) into our Fiscal Sponsorship umbrella. Fiscal Sponsorship is one of the primary ways that Trees Foundation supports the North Coast grassroots environmental community. It allows groups to move swiftly forward in accomplishing their objectives, while we handle the 501(c)3 bookkeeping and financial reporting required to accept tax-deductible donations and grant funding. We asked MEWS founding member Mickey Bailey to share more with Forest & River News readers about this emerging organization.

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The Whiteness Within: Challenging White Supremacy Culture August 10 & 11, 3pm – 5pm Sponsored by Southern Humboldt Organic & Regenerative Education (SHORE) and OpenArt Group Click here to register. A sliding scale donation is requested and goes exclusively to the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) facilitators and workshop advisors. This online workshop…

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