Go Zero At Big River And Salmon Creek Forests
Our acquisition of 16,000 acres of redwood and Douglas firs surrounding Big River and Salmon Creek ensures that these forests will be protected permanently from fragmentation, development and conversion to non-forest uses.
At A Glance
- We sustainably manage Big River and Salmon Creek Forests.
- The Fund donated lumber to the Educational Tall Ship project in San Francisco for their project to build a sustainable replica of a 19th-century Tall Ship.
- Our efforts benefit climate, water quality, wildlife habitat and local jobs.
Did You Know?
When the Fund stumbled upon an unusual patch of clover in 2011, we were surprised to learn it was the extremely rare Monterey clover, a state and federal endangered species. Up to that point, the clover was known from only a couple of populations on the Monterey Peninsula and not seen since 1995. We wondered, how did it get here, has it always been here? It may be awhile before this mystery is solved. For now, Big River is home to one of the rarest species in the North Coast coniferous forest.
VIDEO: Why Do Forests Matter?
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 fragile ecosystem diminished. To help protect and restore these lands, the Fund acquired 16,000 acres of redwood and Douglas fir forest surrounding Big River and Salmon Creek. Now, we can ensure that these forests will be protected from fragmentation, development and conversion to non-forest uses. Our work was made possible thanks in part to a $25 million loan from the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the largest loan of its kind in U.S. history. The Conservation Fund implemented sustainable forestry practices across both properties to restore water quality and protect habitat for coho salmon, steelhead trout and spotted owl.
These towering stands of trees are not just housing wildlife—they are also trapping carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas linked to climate change. Redwood forests store more carbon per acre than any other forest type. Sustainable forest management here can store up to 500,000 tons of CO2 annually. We were an early participant in the development of forest carbon projects verified and registered under the Climate Action Reserve. To date our forests have produced more than 90 percent of the forest-based offsets verified and registered with the Reserve. Carbon finance has provided significant additional support for the forests, enabling us to repay the loans we took out to protect the properties, defer harvests when log prices were low and accelerate restoration activities for fish and wildlife.
Wildlife: Endangered Endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout as well as the northern spotted owl and numerous other rare plants and animals
Water: These forests account for a large share of the Big River and Salmon Creek coastal watersheds
Economy: North Coast projects contributed $4.5M to the local economy in 2012
Community: Cleaner air and water for downstream communities
Standard: Climate Action Reserve, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certified
Auditor: Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Project Design Documents: View the project design documents
Forest Carbon: Permanently retired on buyer’s behalf