California: Effort underway to “Preserve” 871 acre Stewarts Point Ranch as “Working Forest”

Pacific Forest Trust is working diligently to complete the purchase of Stewarts Point Ranch, an 871-acre property considered one of the most important unprotected coastal redwood tracts in Sonoma County. PFT would hold and manage the property as an educational center and working model of forest stewardship that sustains wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate.

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Among its outstanding features are a full mile of scenic bluffs fronting the Pacific Ocean, a significant stretch of the South Fork of the Gualala River critical for its salmon habitat and 750 acres of well-managed, older Coastal Redwood and Douglas fir forest sustained by its longtime owners, Arch and Jack Richardson, through a family trust.

Management of Stewarts Point would resemble that of our Van Eck
Forest Project, where our forestry provides a broad array of
environmental and economic benefits including sustainable production
of wood products, climate benefits from permanently increased CO2
storage, enhanced biodiversity and public access.

Located only two and a half hours north of San Francisco, the close proximity of Stewarts Point to the greater Bay Area would enable PFT to offer regular field trips, media tours and other in-the-forest experiences. California’s fiscal problems, however, have made it much more difficult to find the needed dollars to conserve this extraordinary ranch and sustain its legacy of stewardship.

We are therefore seeking further assistance from committed PFT supporters like you. Please contact John Bernstein at 415.561.0700 x12 or to find out how you can help.

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Wayne JohnJanuary 20th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

This makes me want to move out of the city. Beautiful scenery!

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