Announcing the formation of
Forest Reciprocity Outreach Group
The Forest Reciprocity Outreach Group is a growing group of citizens in the Mendocino county region working to support the health and utilization of overstocked fire-hazard lands. Widespread agreement on management practices has coalesced in the wake of even-aged (“clear cut”) harvest and loss of ancient traditional low intensity fire management. Fuel loads have been steadily increasing for the last few decades as carpet regeneration has largely gone unchecked. Over competition for light, water, and nutrients has lead to weakened forests, loss of diversity. and abundant dead wood. This has allowed wildfires to ascend into devastating crown fires that have decimated ecosystems and human settlements alike. We believe this burden can be our solution! As we improve natures health we will be reciprocated with abundance.
The suppressed growth of ailing Douglas Fir trees creates extremely strong, “tight ring” small diameter poles that can be used as beautiful, sturdy architectural elements. These poles exceed the tensile strength of sawn lumber with uncut continuous fibers running their entire length. Encased in natural fire resistant clay based wall mediums, these structures have proven to be exceptionally impervious to wildfires, a marked advance from expensive, often toxic, flammable dwellings. FROG's objective is to reciprocate with nature, unburdening forest lands of overcapacity, while creating beautiful, healthy, safe dwellings and other meaningful items. Time for conscientious civilization to rise from the ashes!The Forest Reciprocity Outreach Group has been initiated through a collaboration of members of Cloud Forest Institute, Polecraft Solutions and local citizens. Financial support has been granted through the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, and the Just and Resilient Future Fund. With the formation of our advocacy co-op, F.R.O.G. will schedule a series of presentations and events promoting practices of forest reciprocity, including demonstrations on assembling a round pole structure in both Laytonville and Ukiah.
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