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
- (40 days)