CFI recognizes that private land holders are the stewards of much of California's remaining native ecology. Since 2008 Mendocino County has endured catastrophic fires. CFI collaborates with local organizations to encourage forest reciprocity and sustainable community development.
First and foremost, we want to take care of our forests and prevent future fires. We do this by assisting land owners to access California Forestry Improvement Program CFIP and National Resources Conservation Service NRCS grants. The grants enable hiring foresters to approve timber harvest plans and crews to cut down the potentially catastrophic fire fuel load small diameter poles. We engage environmentally sensitive foresters, wildlife biologists, fire ecologists, and Native American forest practices consultants to help landowners determine how best to enhance the vitality of the forest. In reciprocity, the forest takes care of us by providing small diameter doug fir poles. The poles are used together with natural building materials to build truly low cost housing.
We advocate for the expansion of forest worker and construction jobs by implementing and modeling a business plan using a co-op business structure model. We have investors in the bay area awaiting a formal presentation of our business plan. We have been offered the use of 7 acres of undeveloped land on Hensley Creek Rd to use as a processing and demonstration site for poles, pole buildings and potentially, as a low cost housing development site. We are eager to identify and collaborate with stakeholders such as the CDC, Mendocino College, the Mendocino Construction Corp and the County of Mendocino, to name but a few. Contractors such as Polecraft Solutions and Menton Builders are ready to build small diameter pole homes now. We see small diameter pole products and architecture being branded to represent the consumers participation in reducing the risk of fires in Mendocino County forests.
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