North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

View of Pacific ocean from Usal Forest

Usal Redwood Forest is one of the working forests managed as part of our North Coast Conservation Initiative.
Photo by Richard Giegner.

America’s favorite forests include the redwoods along California’s North Coast. The redwood region is known for its raw beauty and rich wildlife but decades of aggressive harvesting, changing timber owners and encroaching development have left this landscape diminished, with heavy impact on the spotted owls, salmon and other species that call it home. 

At The Conservation Fund, we believe that working forests can be financially self-sustaining and environmentally healthy. We’re demonstrating a new way to sustainably manage these famed forests, as a nonprofit owner that uses both sound environmental strategy and sound economics—including a “light-touch” harvest regimen, sales of carbon offsets and a supply of local jobs. We work with our partners to skillfully manage both forest growth and harvest to ensure that these forests remain viable ecosystems for generations to come.

Since 2004, we have owned and managed more than 70,000 acres: Buckeye, Garcia River, Big River, Salmon Creek and Gualala River forests. In addition to restoring the forests’ watersheds and supporting local economies, these efforts fight climate change. Our forest properties were among the first and largest to receive verification as a source of greenhouse gas reductions under the protocols of the Climate Action Reserve.

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CONTACT

Holly Newberger
Holly Newberger Caspar, CA
(707) 962-0712
hnewberger@conservationfund.org

Holly Newberger is the North Coast Program Coordinator, supporting our sustainable forest management efforts on California’s north coast. If you have questions about our North Coast’s forestry practices, please contact Holly.

 

Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly Larkspur, CA
(415) 927-2123
ckelly@conservationfund.org

Since joining The Conservation Fund in 2003, California Program Director Chris Kelly has led efforts to protect more than 125,000 acres of Northern California forestland. Chris is pioneering a new model of non-profit working forest ownership, supported by low-interest public financing and carbon revenue. He has worked in California conservation for more than 25 years.

Evan Smith, Vice President Conservation Ventures
Evan Smith Portland, OR 97227
(503) 407-0301
esmith@conservationfund.org

Conservation Ventures Vice President Evan Smith oversees our sustainable forestry and small business lending programs. Since joining The Conservation Fund in 1995, Evan has played a key role in acquiring, restoring, and managing working forests across the country. He leads our efforts to use the power of markets and business to advance conservation.