“Through outside-the-box thinking and actions, PFT has done a great job of representing trees in the hallways of Washington, D.C., and pioneering important conservation measures for forests in California, Washington and Oregon.”
—Thomas J. Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
The Wildlife Conservation Board granted $1.65 million in support of PFT's Butte Creek Meadows Working Forest Conservation Easement project near Mt. Shasta, a beautifully managed working forest and wet meadow system 2 1/2 times larger than Yosemite Valley. This grant, along with a previous funding commitment of $500,000 from California's Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program and a generous donation from the property owners makes it possible to permanently conserve this spectacular landscape.
Congressman Chris Gibson introduced a bill that will accelerate the pace and scale of forest conservation through a modest tweak to the Forest Legacy Program. The Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act of 2015 is a technical tweak to the USDA’s Forest Legacy Program, which would expand public-private conservation partnerships, remove unnecessary barriers to forestland protection, and give states more flexibility and control over how they implement this important federal- state program. The need for this bill is critical; on average over 1 million acres of forestland have been lost to conversion annually over the last 20 years. Read More
New hope in Modoc County for 32.5 square miles of forestland devastated by fire.
A vast and once-glorious Modoc County forest landscape devastated in the 2012 Barry Point wildfire will be reborn and nurtured into healthy forests and meadows, teeming with wildlife, thanks to a first-of-its kind joint forest restoration and conservation project being launched now with a major grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board. The $2.5 million habitat restoration grant to the Pacific Forest Trust provides the lead funding for a multi-year, painstaking undertaking in partnership with Collins to replant 20,806 acres—an area the size of Washington, D.C. read more>
As California's Governor Jerry Brown proposes investments to reduce CO2 emissions, Pacific Forest Trust's Board Chair, Andrea Tuttle explains that we can only meet the climate challenge by including the natural and working landscapes.
An excellent OpEd authored by Tuttle appeared in the Sacramento Bee, outlining the importance of forests, wetlands, farmlands, and urban parks in the race to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. Read the entire piece here.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission welcomes your thoughts on PFT
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Pacific Forest Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Pacific Forest Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to email@example.com. Comments may be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on the Pacific Forest Trust’s application will be most useful by May 23rd, 2015.
Sustainability with Heart: Butte Creek Meadows
It's hot and dusty at midday when the cows start to drag their feet.
Driven before daybreak from their valley floor home, the lead cows find a new sense of urgency as Alex counts them in the gate and cowboys encourage them up the last steep climb. Cresting the ridge, the cows prick up their ears, summon their calves, and begin to trot. The great meadow--a lush expanse in an alpine valley rimmed with rich forests--is still a mile below, but they can smell the cool mountain water on the breeze. "Blair's Girls" race home again for the summer. Read the rest
Confronting climate change will be substantially cheaper and easier if we conserve forests, and the key to that is expert knowledge and science, Undersecretary of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Bonnie told thousands of attendees at the recent 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations in Salt Lake City, Utah.