North Coast Community Involvement

The North Coast Forest Conservation Program offers guided tours of timber harvest areas, road improvement and restoration projects, native plant walks and youth educational trips. Volunteer opportunities through some of our community partners include invasive weed removal, tree plantings and bird surveys.

Operations tour, California forest.

Lower Salmon Creek THP, active logging operations tour. Photo by Sheila Semans.

Tours of timber harvest plans involve the public in the planning behind managing forests sustainably and solicit feedback on specific management activities.

Man in forest

Danny Hagans (Pacific Watershed Associates) and the Inman Creek Road Improvement and Decommissioning Project. Photo by Bob Rutemoeller.

Public tours of road upgrades and other restoration projects offer opportunities to see firsthand the methods and steps the Fund is taking to improve the ecological conditions on the Forests.

Tour of California forest

Consultants and community members listen to Mike Stephens, NSO biologist, Riverbends pre-operation THP tour. Photo by Jenny Griffin.

Tours provide information regarding the abundance of flora and fauna, including listed species, such as the Northern Spotted Owl.

Plant walk in California forest.

Participants enjoy a plant walk with naturalist, Mario Abreu. Photo by Jenny Griffin.

Tours by local naturalists have focused on such topics as native plants and help give participants a solid connection to the natural world.

North Coast forest group

Dory Kwan and members of the Albion Community. Photo by Rixanne Wehren.

The Fund welcomes and appreciates community participation in restoration projects on the Forests. Volunteers on Salmon Creek have initiated planting days for redwood seedlings, with 1,200 trees planted since 2008.

North Coast forest Pampas Group

Successful roundup of Jubata grass by members of the Albion community.
Photo by Bob Rutemoeller.

Community volunteers have taken on an invasive weed removal project and have spent many hours pulling Jubata grass on Salmon Creek. Contributions such as this are critical to the long-term ecological health of the watershed, and the Fund appreciates the individual effort and community support.

bird watching california forest

Big River Steward’s Program, spring bird survey, mainstem of Big River.
Photo by Matt Coleman.

Volunteers working with the Mendocino Land Trust lead annual spring bird surveys in the Big River watershed, helping track long-term trends in avian diversity and distribution.

School tour of California forest

Learning about stream ecology and monitoring from Jen Carah, Field Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy. Photo by Jenny Griffin.

The Fund makes it a priority to work with local school programs, such as the Point Arena Charter School and Mendocino High School’s School of Natural Resources.