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FOR THE WILD

For The Wild is an environmentally-beneficial organization dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of temperate rainforests of Cascadia, from Northern California to Southern Alaska. With the launch of the 1 Million Redwoods Project and native species nursery, For The Wild is wielding the intelligence of nature to push back against climate change and extinction.

As the world awakens to the breakdown of the biosphere due to industrial logging, agriculture, extraction and development, For The Wild will be planting millions of trees and the entire community of species, from the understory plants to the fungi that connect them. The nursery, the seed bank and fungus bank, and surrounding research forest will function as a living library and ark to safeguard endangered genetics and to reintroduce them where they have been lost. With a groundswell of community support and the guidance of the indigenous nations, we will speed the return of diverse and welcoming forests to barren clearcuts and pastures. Your support will allow us to begin this work of mending the web of life immediately.

THE 1 MILLION REDWOODS PROJECT

The 1 Million Redwoods Project has been in the works since 2014, when For The Wild began designing the 500-acre nursery/research forest in Northern California. After three years of observation of the habits of the plants, wildlife, streams and weather, founding members Ayana and March Young finalized a design that incorporates permaculture principles, traditional knowledge, and new understandings in ecological science. Earthworks began in the summer of 2017, with the creation of three large catchment ponds for irrigation, linked by a meandering swale that recharges groundwater. Both open-air and enclosed nursery sites have been prepared on the land. A special potting soil made from composted sawdust from local lumber mills, mixed with primary forest soil and biochar from forest restoration byproducts, will provide nutrients and immunity for the first 1 million redwoods and their many companion species.

This work will extend far beyond our bioregion, as we are working hard to popularize these techniques and discoveries through the nationally-syndicated radio show/podcast, webinars, research papers, and documentary shorts. The vision includes a prescription for local nurseries and seed banks in every watershed, with the involvement and consultation of local First Nations land-stewards. We will also explore the possibilities of assisting in the northward migration of redwood varieties in anticipation of more severe climate change.

Redwoods are the most advanced and the earliest trees to appear on the planet.They are survivors: their underground portion can live tens of thousands of years, sprouting new stems by a variety of methods, earning their scientific name “ever-living sequoia.” Industrial logging has claimed 96% of primeval redwood forests; the mere 2% of protected fragments that remain hold immense evolutionary knowledge. As the tallest, as the most bio-massive trees on Earth, their ability to sequester carbon is unmatched—just one reason their revival is so crucial for the perseverance of complex life though the challenging times ahead. The forest restoration goals of For The Wild embrace the need for large-scale greening of the planet—our best bet for carbon drawdown.

We need your help to procure the basic materials for a nursery that can produce 1.5 million trees and plants per year.

  • Irrigation materials 
  • Water catchment storage tanks 
  • Biodegradable nursery pots (made of compressed sawdust) 
  • Potting soil production
  • Fencing materials 
  • Seed-bank/fungus-bank materials

Risks and challenges

-Pests and disease
-Working with a changing climate
-Water management + parceling off water for seasonal needs
-Locating the seed and fungi that are becoming increasingly rare with land use change and development
-Working with unknown varieties of trees, native species and fungal companions
-Collaborating and coordinating with local communities, government, organizations and tribes

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    Seed to Tree

    We will plant a tree in your name, or in honor of a loved one of your choosing. You will also receive a digital Certificate of Stewardship, and video updates.

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    For The Wild Podcast Study Guide

    We’re pleased to offer a digital Study Guide to expand your investigation into the variety of topics covered on the For The Wild podcast.
    In addition, we will also plant a tree in your name or in the honor of a loved one of your choosing, and send a digital Certificate of Stewardship.

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    Community Supported Art Bundle

    This level offers a Mystery Bundle made up of the creative contributions from our earth-loving community. You may receive artwork, herbal medicines, a salvaged-redwood picture frame, wooden spoon, a handmade tarot deck or a music mixtape—something to nurture the soul in this chaotic time. Enjoy the surprise!
    In addition, we will also plant a tree in your honor or for a loved one. For each seedling that begins the journey of life, you will receive a digital Certificate of Stewardship.

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    Family Legacy Grove

    Redwoods thrive when they grow together. Plant a grove in honor of your family or loved one.

    When we begin reforestation, we will send you a map and an image of your grove and where you can find the plaque with your family name.

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    Rising Appalachia on Collective Creativity for a New Paradigm

    This rare online experience will connect you with the singing sisters Chloe and Leah of Rising Appalachia in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with these Earth warriors and visionaries.

    Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

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    George Monbiot on Rewilding the Destructive Human Legacy

    This rare online experience will connect you with George Monbiot in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with one of the leading environmental authors + critical thinkers of our time.

    George Monbiot is the author of the bestselling books Feral: rewilding the land, sea and human life, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a New Politics for an Age of Crisis.

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    Rosemary Gladstar on Stewarding Herbal Traditions for Future Generations

    This rare online experience will connect you with Rosemary Gladstar in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with the "Godmother of American Herbalism."

    Rosemary has created fertile ground throughout North America where herbalism has thrived. In the late 1960s, Rosemary reignited herbalism in America and helped us tap into ancient notions of wellness. She’s written 12 best-selling herbal books, taught generations of herbalists, started non-profits, two herb stores and a school, and she co-founded Traditional Medicinals (TM). Given so many of her ventures have blossomed and endured, it’s clear she has the magic touch.

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    Redwood Frame + Print

    Handmade from salvaged Old Growth Redwood that lived on the For The Wild land, each frame holds an original tree portrait painted by March Young.
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    This package gives you access to three of the For The Wild video-chat classes in 2018 with four of the legendary Earth defenders and visionaries of your choice!

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    First-ever For The Wild Cohort w/ Ayana

    Help guide the earth renewal movement in the first For The Wild Earth Cohort! As part of the cohort, you participate in 4 video conferences (one per season of 2018). This opportunity will connect you with Ayana and this family of Earth defenders to strategize, reflect, and bolster our visions and actions.

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    Private For The Wild Live Event

    Ayana Young and guest facilitator will hold a For The Wild gathering at your home. Invite your community to join us to share projects, voice ideas, and hold space for our grief and urgency in the face of destruction.

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    RECIPROCITY RETREAT - CANOPY EXPEDITION

    This is a 5-DAY ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to live and learn within the glorious giant old growth Forest.

    This Reciprocity Retreat is an intimate Old Growth experience. While scaling the trunks of remote groves and immersing yourself in this canopy discovery and learning expedition, you are actually paying it forward to plant the grandchildren of these primeval knowledge keepers.

    This trip will be expertly guided by the fabulous tree-people at Expedition Old Growth (see them in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmIo6pF-R90).

    Trip includes: three delicious meals each day, ancient tree climbs and optional overnight camping in the high canopies, treetop classes with ecologists, botanists and herbalists, movement classes and barefoot climbing, mushroom and lichen walks, music and more. Sleeping arrangements vary depending according to price package.

    Transportation to the chosen area is not included, but rideshares may be available!

    Exact trip dates and location to be released shortly!

    One trip will take place in Northern California/Oregon and the other in British Columbia.

    There will be three price tiers:
    $2500 per person,
    $3500 per person
    $5000 per person.

    Groups strongly encouraged! Inquire about special group rates.

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    Get an inside scoop with video updates as the 1 Million Redwoods project becomes a force of nature to help mitigate a rapidly changing climate and the disintegration of the biosphere.

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    For The Wild LIVE **Early Bird Tickets**

    Ayana Young and brontë velez will be hosting this intimate dialogue December 8th in San Francisco on climate change and grief. brontë velez is a multimedia artist, educator, and designer, whose praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of black liberation ecology and creative placemaking. This event will cover a wide range of topics related to the tenants of spiritual and deep ecology, climate justice, and the intersectionality of race, power, privilege, and injustice.

    Alongside the evening’s discussion, we will enjoy music and dine on a climate aware feast of foods curated by a group of chefs disrupting the wholesome and conscious food movement.

    There are only 20 tickets at the early bird cost.

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    For The Wild LIVE! Tickets

    Ayana Young and brontë velez will be hosting this intimate dialogue December 8th in San Francisco on climate change and grief. brontë velez is a multimedia artist, educator, and designer, whose praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of black liberation ecology and creative placemaking. This event will cover a wide range of topics related to the tenants of spiritual and deep ecology, climate justice, and the intersectionality of race, power, privilege, and injustice.

    Alongside the evening’s discussion, we will enjoy music and dine on a climate aware feast of foods curated by a group of chefs disrupting the wholesome and conscious food movement.

    We will offer 20 tickets at the $45 tier and all proceeds go directly to the 1 Million Redwoods Project.

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    For The Wild LIVE! Tickets

    Ayana Young and brontë velez will be hosting this intimate dialogue December 8th in San Francisco on climate change and grief. brontë velez is a multimedia artist, educator, and designer, whose praxis (theory + action) lives at the intersections of black liberation ecology and creative placemaking. This event will cover a wide range of topics related to the tenants of spiritual and deep ecology, climate justice, and the intersectionality of race, power, privilege, and injustice.

    Alongside the evening’s discussion, we will enjoy music and dine on a climate aware feast of foods curated by a group of chefs disrupting the wholesome and conscious food movement.

    We will offer 20 tickets at the $45 tier. Please note- there are tickets for $60 and all proceeds go directly to the 1 Million Redwoods Project.

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    Rising Appalachia on Collective Creativity for a New Paradigm

    This rare online experience will connect you with the singing sisters Chloe and Leah of Rising Appalachia in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with these Earth warriors and visionaries.

    Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

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    George Monbiot on Rewilding the Destructive Human Legacy

    This rare online experience will connect you with George Monbiot in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with one of the leading environmental authors + critical thinkers of our time.

    George Monbiot is the author of the bestselling books Feral: rewilding the land, sea and human life, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order and Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His latest book is Out of the Wreckage: a New Politics for an Age of Crisis.

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    Rosemary Gladstar on Stewarding Herbal Traditions for Future Generations

    This rare online experience will connect you with Rosemary Gladstar in an intimate group video-chat classroom setting. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with the "Godmother of American Herbalism."

    Rosemary has created fertile ground throughout North America where herbalism has thrived. In the late 1960s, Rosemary reignited herbalism in America and helped us tap into ancient notions of wellness. She’s written 12 best-selling herbal books, taught generations of herbalists, started non-profits, two herb stores and a school, and she co-founded Traditional Medicinals (TM). Given so many of her ventures have blossomed and endured, it’s clear she has the magic touch.

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    For The Wild Digital Class

    This rare online experience will connect you with well-known heroes of the planet in an intimate group video-chat. Voice your questions and delve into your curiosities in this dialogue with Earth warriors and visionaries.
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    Online Medicine Making Course

    **THIS MAKES A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT!**

    Chesnut School of Herbal Medicine Online Medicine Making Course with Asia Suler + Juliet Blankespoor (priced at $590)

    150 hours of online herbal medicine immersion covering topics of: Topical Herbal Preparations and Natural Body Care, Food as Medicine – Bringing Healing Herbs into the Kitchen, and Medicine Making.

    https://chestnutherbs.com/

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