2022 Cereus Reports

In 1998, a generous individual contacted Trees Foundation with the desire to support local grassroots environmental activism. Shortly thereafter, the Cereus Fund of Trees Foundation was created. Her desire was to give annually, not only to Trees Foundation, but also to our many Partner groups. For 23 years, with direct input of the Cereus Funder,…

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State Awards $5 Million Grant for Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience in Southern Humboldt

MRC Saw Crew poses for photo on their first official day at the Chapman Ranch. The crew will later perform falling operations in Sudden Oak Death territory on steep slopes to start repairing the damage done by the Canoe Fire, 2003. (From left to right: Shira Brown, Samuel Keener, David Liming, Wyatt Leach, Bill Leach, Miles Oliart, Liam McPhee, Sam Epperson, Jordan Anderson). Photo by Eleonore J. Anderson

By Southern Humboldt Forest Health Collaborative CAL FIRE has entered into a nearly $5 million grant agreement with the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District (HCRCD) to implement the Mattole and Salmon Creek Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project across 1,022 acres of forest and grasslands near the southern Humboldt communities of Petrolia and Salmon Creek…

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Musings on Forest Health

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, Healthy Comebacks PG&E’s Line-Clearing, Why We Need More than Memes, and Some Key Definitions of Healthy and Forest By Jeff Hedin, Institute for Sustainable Forestry, Commissioner, Piercy Volunteer Fire Department This article has been edited for length. For the whole “poetic song” and its long email response thread, visit instituteforsustainableforestry.com/articles/forest-health. In…

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Editor’s Note

View from Chapman Ranch in Salmon Creek, CA, where work has begun on a 200-acre shaded fuel break, which is part of the Mattole and Salmon Creek Forest Health and Wildfire Resilience Project. Photo by Eleonore Jordan Anderson

What is a healthy forest? To the untrained eye, any forest with green trees might appear healthy. However, it takes knowledge, skills, and experience to see the forest through the trees, to see past what the forest is now to what it was, and most importantly, to what it is becoming.  So, what does make…

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Bill Lemos: The Passing of a True Eco-Warrior 

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From Wild Classrooms to Helping Save Marine Life and Jackson State Forest Mendocino Trail Stewards  It was with great surprise and sadness that people of the Mendocino Coast learned of William (Bill) Edward Lemos’ departure from this world on June 2, 2022. Just a couple of months before, he was visibly hale, walking six miles…

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“South Sacramento” Timber Sale Proposed Near Castle Lake and Castle Crags

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Can the Forest Service take a New Approach with this Project? Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center By George Sexton, Conservation Director  The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has released preliminary plans for a large project located in the popular and scenic forests just north of the Castle Crags Wilderness Area in the Sacramento River watershed. The timber sale…

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A Tree Canopy for Every Park, School, and Yard

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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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Editor’s Note

“Ode to the Torch” By Sarah Vroom, MRC Board Member

We are excited to present another issue packed with information and inspiration from our amazing partner groups as they quest towards greater climate resilience and ecological health in the redwood region of northern California and southern Oregon. After nearly 200 years of fire suppression, prescribed fire (sometimes written as Rx fire) is finally returning as…

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Prescribed Fire:
An Indigenous Perspective

Margo Robbins and others re-introducing fire to the land, starting the test fire with wormwood torches.

By Margo Robbins, Cultural Fire Management Council The following is a transcript of the talk given by Margo Robbins during a webinar hosted by Trees Foundation on Oct. 3rd, 2021 titled “Pathways to Fire Resilience.” She refers to some photos from her slideshow that don’t appear here, but you may watch her full presentation with…

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