The Forest Reciprocity Collective seeks to establish mutually beneficial exchanges between land ecology and human activity.
First and foremost, we want to take care of our forests and prevent future uncontrolled fires. We do this by assisting land owners to apply for California Forestry Improvement Program CFIP and National Resources Conservation Service NRCS grants. The grants enable hiring foresters to approve harvest plans and crews to cut down the potentially catastrophic fire fuel load small diameter poles. We engage environmentally sensitive 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 Douglas Fir poles for building material. The poles are used together with other natural building materials to build barns, gazebo's, storage sheds, furniture and comparatively very lowcost earth lodge style homes. 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.
The monumental scale of fuel load reduction work necessary could create jobs for hundreds of people virtually renewing the forest labor work force in Mendocino County. We are studying the Mondragon Collectives and Sociocracy ideas to implement and model a co-op business structure. The idea is for owner members of the co-op to make a good living and also be able to pay profits forward to support community resiliency building projects.
The Metta Foundation is making available to us 7 acres of land on Hensley Creek Rd. in Ukiah. This property will be the demonstration site for pole processing. Here we will display models of a variety of pole structures. We are exploring the idea of working with Cal-Fire to determine what their needs are for emergency base camps. A model of such a facility could be built of small diameter poles on Hensley Creek Rd.
We are eager to collaborate with stakeholders such as the Community Development Commission of Mendocino County, (CDC), Mendocino Community College, the Mendocino Construction Corp and the Fire Safe Council of the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (RCD). The Forest Reciprocity Collective is under the fiscal sponsorship of Cloud Forest Institute.
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