“Stacking” Restoration Strategies for Greater Impact on Water Flows in the Mattole

A completed log weir (left) and beaver dam analog (right) in the South Fork of Lost River.

Understanding the Complicated Relationship of Hydrology and Geology By Anna Rogers, Sanctuary Forest, Inc. Since 2002, when the community called upon Sanctuary Forest to help address low-flow problems in the upper Mattole, we’ve been busily applying ourselves, trying different strategies to reduce the effects of drought and legacy impacts. We’ve worked closely with the community…

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Little Things Matter Most: Preparing Your Home for Embers from Wildfires

ember resistant home
This is an example of what makes a home vulnerable to embers. From top middle proceeding clockwise: 1) Tree canopies are too close together and too close to the roof edge. 2) Wooden gate attached directly to the wall allows high intensity fire to burn right up to the structure. 3) A woody shrub with dead material adjacent to the wall and the wooden fence could easily catch embers and spread flames to the home. 4) Another woody shrub with dead material, this time underneath trees, a textbook example of a ladder fuel. Also, the woody mulch would likely burn in an ember storm and spread to the shrub and the wooden fence. Photo source: http://fitzpatrickfenceandrail.com/wood-gates/

The Next Step in Maintaining Defensible Space By Mitchell Danforth, Community Fire Resources Coordinator,Trees Foundation Summer is here, and as we all know, so is wildfire season. Often wildfires are depicted as an indomitable force that sweeps across the landscape, leveling all in its path like a lava flow, and the homes left standing are…

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Defining and Working Toward Forest Health, Utilizing Wood When It’s Cleared, and Regenerating Community

Tan Oak Park

Reviewing a Community Event Series Northern Mendocino Ecosystem Recovery Alliance By Cheyenne Clarke The Eel River Recovery Project and Northern Mendocino Ecosystem Recovery Alliance have concluded their Spring community event series, which was made possible by the Trees Foundation Cereus Grant. Here’s what happened: Forest Health and Fire Resilience Workshop On April 3rd we kicked…

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A Tree Canopy for Every Park, School, and Yard

Releaf planting

With a Goal of Creating an Urban Native-Plant Oasis, ReLeaf Petaluma Hits the Ground Planting ReLeaf Petaluma As a new organization we are making rapid progress planting native trees in our city. People are wanting to take personal action against climate change, and this action is generating lots of support among both citizens and city…

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A New Hope: The Northern Mendocino Ecosystem Recovery Alliance

November 2021 in Leggett: the organizing meeting that brought together the NM-ERA team.

Trees Foundation is thrilled to welcome Northern Mendocino Ecosystem Recovery Alliance (NM-ERA) 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…

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Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects Enhance Habitat for Pollinators

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network By Audrey Fusco, Restoration Ecologist at SPAWN The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) focuses on protecting and improving habitat for central coast coho salmon and the forests and watersheds they need to survive in the Lagunitas creek watershed of Marin County, CA. We have restored more than 15 acres…

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SRF Erosion and Sediment Control Field School

SRF Filed Tour

June 13-14, 2022 Salmonid Restoration Federation Salmonid Restoration Federation is hosting an Erosion and Sediment Control Field School. This technical field course is part of our Northern California Best Management Practices Education Series funded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. SRF is partnering with Pacific Watershed Associates, Five Counties…

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Restoring Native Grass Species Can Help Reduce High-Intensity Fire Risk

Eel River Restoration Project By Kirsten Hill and Pat Higgins Recent California fires have been devastating, and experts tell us that such catastrophic events are likely to recur. Three causal mechanisms are: years of wildland fire suppression, impacts of climate change, and the continual spread of invasive grasses that exacerbate the intensity of fires—a factor…

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