Last Piece of the Puzzle

With our purchases of the Garcia River Forest in 2004 and the adjoining Gualala River Forest in 2011, we began sustainably managing these historic forests before they were forever lost to non-forest uses. In 2013, our Working Forest Fund, with support from the California State Coastal Conservancy, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Sonoma Land Trust, Richard King Mellon Foundation, enabled the purchase of the nearly 20,000-acre Buckeye Forest (formerly known as Preservation Ranch), which completed the efforts to reunite the larger forest. As owners, we will sustainably manage the land for timber, carbon sequestration and restoration of coho salmon habitat.

Prior owners of the property sought permits to subdivide and convert the forest to vineyards but there was widespread public support for saving this land. In addition to operating as one of the largest nonprofit-owned working forests in the West, remaining on the tax rolls and providing jobs—all of which benefits the local community—conservation of the property will contribute to California’s economy in other ways too. The project includes an innovative approach that allows the California Coastal Conservancy to share in revenues from the sale of carbon offsets generated across the property to be used to advance the Conservancy’s conservation programs.

Why This Project Matters

Buckeye Forest and all of the projects under our North Coast Forest Conservation Initiative demonstrate that large, understocked tracts of coastal forest can be returned to ecological and economic viability through patient, adaptive management by a nonprofit organization, in partnership with private and public entities and community stakeholders. This initiative has resulted in more than 120,000 acres protected.

Buckeye Forest


 


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