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PACIFIC FOREST TRUST
In Forests We Find Common Purpose
he Pacific Forest Trust, like those we partner with, went into 2009 prepared to weather some tough economic times. Many in the forest and conservation communities struggled with fallout from the global financial upheaval. Yet PFT was able to make remarkable progress in conserving our nation’s natural landscapes and the myriad benefits they provide: wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate. Forests touch people every day, whether they realize it or not. When we turn on the faucet, how often do we remember the water that ﬂows forth was carried from the mountains by way of a forested watershed? Even the air we breathe has been cleansed by the forest landscape, as it stabilizes the climate that makes our planet livable. Increasingly, our efforts to build awareness of the vital services forests provide — and what must be done to conserve and steward them — has been paying off. Shared purpose and strong partnerships have been invaluable to our success, as we expand the scope of our efforts throughout the country and grow our network of forest champions. In this annual report we are proud to share the highlights of this important work and voices of those who support it.
“I am pleased to commend Wayburn and Best for their leadership and tremendous contributions to the national dialogue on forests and climate by providing a strategy for achieving real, verifiable carbon reductions while also contributing to the development of programs and policies that will enhance legislative and regulatory climate change reduction goals.”
– Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chair
“Cheers — to the Pacific Forest Trust and the Bureau of Land Management for their efforts CAMPAIGN TO COMPLETE THE VISION to transfer private land in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to public ownership. The Trust has been buying parcels of private land within the Monument from willing sellers [primarily timber companies] since the Monument was created in 2000... It makes sense to convert as much Monument land as possible to public ownership so the land can be protected.”
–The Mail Tribune Editorial Board, Jan. 29, 2009
ON THE COVER: Clockwise from top: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council); Families and friends celebrate forests in Mendocino County, Calif.; Employees sorting in the Kane Hardwood Dimension Mill (The Collins Companies); McCloud Falls, Calif. THIS PAGE: Top: Appalachian Mountains, Tenn.; Left: Bald Eagle, Wa. (Paula Swedeen).
A Trusted Source of Policy Expertise
“PFT has been a leader in the development of regional policies that capture opportunities for greenhouse gas reductions through forest conservation and management. The Kresge Foundation is pleased to be a supporter of PFT’s efforts to champion the role of forests in the federal policy arena.” – John Nordgren,
Senior Program Officer, the Kresge Foundation
FT has long advocated for conservation solutions that acknowledge and reward forest landowners for providing ecosystem services, such as climate stabilization and renewable energy. As widely recognized, award-winning pioneers in this area, PFT provided expertise to a remarkably diverse spectrum of audiences in 2009, ranging from the Department of Defense to Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection to international carbon investors to Ivy League universities to state, local and national government agencies. Last year, PFT traveled as far as Chile, Argentina and Copenhagen to speak about the essential benefits forest landscapes provide and how we can sustain them. In 2009, awareness of these benefits reached critical mass as the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets, led by our 2006 Forest Fete Keynote Speaker, Sally Collins. Soon after, the newly installed Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack began promoting the USDA’s new ecosystem services focus in national media and speeches around the country. USDA Deputy Under Secretary Jay Jensen echoed Vilsack’s message as our 2009 Forest Fete speaker.
Despite this rising awareness, our natural landscapes cannot provide these valuable services if they have been developed and converted to other uses — a fact we brought home to policymakers through our state, regional and national policy outreach. In 2009, we pursued new avenues for leveraging existing environmental quality laws to help mitigate the climate impact of forest loss and degradation — making significant headway with policymakers and environmental quality guidelines in California, Washington, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland and New York. In addition, where statelevel environmental review regulations do not currently exist, PFT worked collaboratively with our partners to support new legislation that would recognize the environmental and climate impacts of development and forest loss in particular. Concurrently, we worked to develop strong standards for quantifying and verifying the impact of forest-carbon projects in compliance and voluntary markets. Such standards are the essential foundation of a robust market for forest-based carbon offsets that will deliver real returns to landowners.
“The Pacific Forest Trust has been a leader in bringing together people to think about and discuss the future of America’s forests, particularly private forests, and you’ve been a great partner for the Forest Service, especially the Forest Legacy Program for many years. I’d like to thank Laurie Wayburn and Connie Best for their enduring leadership in promoting opportunities and options for protecting private forests and for keeping them working forests — providing a sustainable source of wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate.”
– Jay Jensen, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Agriculture
Received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 Climate Protection Award. In connection with the honor, PFT co-founders Laurie Wayburn and Connie Best joined a roundtable of national and international climate leaders in Washington, D.C. Photo: USDA Forest Service
“The Environmental Protection Agency applauds the leadership of the Pacific Forest Trust in protecting our global environment. You have set the bar high, and for that, we thank you.”
– Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division
in the national forest-carbon market landscape and present an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our forest stewardship model in other geographic regions. At the federal level, PFT has been heavily engaged in coalition building as well as outreach to legislators and their staff. One of the most significant results has been the formation of our diverse coalition of working lands advocates. Members include some of the nation’s largest land and mill owners and many smaller, family-forest owners. Conservation groups and market investors, too, have signed on to the effort, which has provided a strong and growing base of support for our outreach in 2010.
From left: Lyme Timber Company General Partner Peter Stein, Senator Stabenow’s Legislative Counsel Chris Adamo, and PFT President and Co-CEO Laurie Wayburn.
In 2009, PFT participated in several efforts to develop or refine forest-carbon accounting standards with national applicability. Our policy staff played a key role in the working group that revised and expanded the nation’s leading standards for forest carbon projects — the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Forest Project Protocol. Now we are helping others develop projects designed to meet this standard in a number of states, including Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Maine. These new initiatives represent major growth
“We are delighted PFT will bring their deep bench of expertise to Carbon Canopy. Developing a credible forest carbon project model for southern landowners is essential to the success of this initiative and PFT’s experience with pioneering projects and standards in California will be immensely helpful to us as we move forward.”
– Dogwood Alliance Executive Director Danna Smith
PFT Co-CEO Connie Best speaks with landowners at the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, Ga.
Gained inclusion of our top three recommendations for forest and climate policy in versions of federal energy and climate legislation now under consideration by lawmakers. Formed a broad-based national coalition of landowners, foresters, conservation and environmental NGOs, mill owners and market makers to advocate for the role natural landscapes should play in meeting our nation’s energy and climate goals.
Showcased our successful model for market-based conservation incentives in prestigious publications as well as media interviews and presentations at lectures, workshops, conferences and climate talks across the United States and abroad. Launched new forest carbon emissions reductions projects and initiatives in nine states around the country.
n 2009, PFT embarked on new working forest conservation easement projects with major timberproducers and ranching familes to safeguard the land and livelihoods across Calfornia’s vital “wood basket’’ region, the Klamath-Cascade. Spanning 9.8 million acres from California to Oregon, the region contains some of the most diverse and productive coniferous forests in the world and is a source of drinking water for more than 22 million Californians. Once complete, these easements will ensure more than 100,000 acres will remain forested, providing wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate in perpetuity.
AP Photo/Jeﬀ Barnard
A Trusted Provider of Conservation and Stewardship Services
In 2009 we completed extensive research and interviews for a Klamath-Cascade Greenprint for the Future. Intended as a roadmap to a sustainable, forest resource-based future for the region, the Greenprint report will be finalized in the coming year with input and support from a stakeholder advisory council we’re convening. At the southern tip of the Klamath-Cascade — the Sierra Valley region — we’ve joined with local ranching families to create a conservation corridor of more than 7,775 acres where the headwaters of the Feather River form the largest alpine wetland in North America. This arc of conserved lands protects the critical lands where the upland forests ﬂow into the wet meadows of the valley bottomlands. In 2009 we made significant progress on four new Sierra Valley easement projects that will conserve an additional 4,400 acres. In these focal areas and others, our conservation and stewardship staff reached out to landowners, local agencies and foresters. They also organized workshops, built partnerships and solved problems as part of the work they do to monitor and provide stewardship services on 21 properties in California, Oregon and Washington.
Celebrated a major milestone in our Campaign to Complete the Vision of a more fully conserved CascadeSiskiyou National Monument (CSNM), with the transfer of 1,700 acres to public ownership for the CSNM. Fulﬁlled the vision of PFT’s ﬁrst easement donor and longtime supporter Bea Breese, with the bequest of her beloved Outlet Creek Ranch, a 600-acre property in Mendocino we are now managing as a model of our stewardship forestry techniques. (Photo right) Forged an agreement with several partners to purchase Stewarts Point Ranch, a historic redwood property stretching from the Gualala River to California’s Sonoma Coast. Generated sustainable revenues from forest management and carbon sales on Van Eck Forest lands PFT actively manages in California and Oregon despite the year’s economic turmoil.
“The Pacific Forest Trust has been a great partner in the long struggle we’ve fought to conserve land within the Monument. The Monument’s unique biological diversity is a fragile treasure that we can’t let slip away. A key step in that process will be working with the BLM to acquire these critical lands so that they will benefit our environment and our country for generations to come.” – Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Outlet Creek Ranch
Outlook for 2010
landscapes and their ability to provide green jobs, renewable energy and climate benefits. Building up the market for high-quality carbon emissions reductions by developing new projects around the U.S. that leverage our past successes. Mitigating the climate impacts of forest loss with state evironmental quality act measures. Closing on key easements in California’s Sierra Valley and advancing other major projects that will conserve more than 100,000 acres in the KlamathCascade region and bring new income to forest landowners. Transferring more than 3,000 acres to public ownership in Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Developing a new strategic plan for 2011 through 2013. Unveiling PFT’s “radiant” new visual identity, including a new website and logo (see left).
t a time when unemployment and political strife dominate the headlines, the Pacific Forest Trust is steadily building bipartisan consensus around the need to sustain and conserve our working lands and their contributions to local livelihoods, economies and cultures. With our partners, we’re continuing to serve as persistent, passionate advocates for forests in the communities where we work, in the media and in the nation’s capital. In 2010 we’ve already gained considerable traction with national lawmakers, including the primary architects of the energy and climate bill now under review by the Senate.
Our efforts radiate from a central set of recommendations for how policies governing sustainable land use, environmental quality and energy security can stem the tide of forest loss. These include mitigation and investment in our land infrastructure, accurately accounting for the carbon stored in U.S. forests; and the creation of a robust, high-quality offset market for emissions reductions from forests. In 2010 we’re making progress in the following key areas: Working with a strong coalition to advance federal legislation that will conserve our natural
2009 FinAnciAl Review
Foundation Grants for Operations: $1,075,038 Individual and Business Donations: $289,348 Fee for Services & Government Grants: $312,397 Investment & Interest Income: $512,097 Change in Valuation of Charitable Trust: ($182,963) Other Income: $12,822
Programs: $1,904,987 (80%) General and Administrative: $270,671 (11%) Fundraising: $209,309 (9%)
NOTE: Unaudited financials subject to auditor adjustments. The audited 2009 financial summary will be available on our website in the summer. Complete financial statements and an independent auditor’s report will also be available upon request at that time.
We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and businesses that helped make our work in 2009 possible.*
$50,000 – $99,999
Bella Vista Foundation The Energy Foundation James Irvine Foundation Merck Family Fund S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
$100,000 and Up
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Kresge Foundation Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund Meyer Memorial Trust** Robertson Foundation
$25,000 – $49,999
Compton Foundation, Inc. Dogwood Alliance James and Rebecca Morgan Family Foundation R. Howard Dobbs Foundation Charlie & Darci Swindells William Laney Thornton/Flora L.Thornton Foundation Town Creek Foundation, Inc.
$10,000 – $24,999
The Ayrshire Foundation Allan & Marilyn Brown Harney & Sons Fine Teas Heller Charitable & Educational Fund John & Elaine French Family Foundation Laird Norton Family Foundation The Libra Foundation Dixon Long/Springcreek Foundation
Autodesk, Inc. Benson Woodworking Company Constance Best Peter Boyer & Terry Gamble The Campbell Group Donald M. Campbell The Collins Companies Evolution Markets
$5,000 – $9,999
Cherida Collins Smith & Glenn Smith Truman & Kristin Collins Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Schulz Donor Advised Fund Peter Davis Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation Linden Trust for Conservation Kirk Marckwald & Chris Desser Gilman & Marge Ordway Pacific Gas and Electric Company Walter & Jeanne Sedgwick Timothy & Billie Taylor/ Ecohaus Andrea & Don Tuttle Searle Whitney **Capital acquisition
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Marisla Foundation National Park Trust Nancy Nordhoff Orchard Foundation Resources Legacy Fund Foundation Gregory & Daphne Tebbe Karie & David Thomson Weeden Foundation
*List of supporters represents donations PFT received between January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010.
$1,000 – $4,999
John & Laura Fisher Fullerton Family Foundation Alison Geballe John Graham & Katherine Munro/Knox Family Foundation Green Mountain Energy Company Hancock Timber Resource Group Edmund Hayes, Jr Mrs. A. Carl Helmholz George Helmholz Maurice & Janice Holloway Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC K&L Gates, LLP Robert & Edie Kirkwood Nancy Kittle Perry & Tricia Lloyd Lyme Timber Company Mendocino Redwood Company Mark Miller Stephen & Amanda Morris National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Timothy & Ulrike Pirrung Pisces Foundation Linda Sanford William & Claudia Stelle Sullivan & Worcester LLP Cynthia Wayburn Laurie A. Wayburn W.M. Beaty & Associates, Inc.
$500 – $999
Hans & Marian Baldauf Leslie & Doug Ballinger Anthony & Carol Boutard Joseph Bunker Lew & Sheana Butler Norman Christensen, on behalf of Laurie Wayburn Terry & Barbara Collins Stephen & Terry Beck Greg Blomstrom Patricia & Jim Branham Leslie Walker & Walter Burlock Julia Dakin & Jon Frech Eight Arms Cellars Henry & Vergilia Dakin Sandy Dean & Cathy Cockrum-Dean Julie Dickerson Betsy & Jesse Fink Fund Robert Flint, Jr David Frenznick Kass Green & Gene Forsburg Ann Hatch Carrie Hoyt Bill Hutton Land Trust Alliance Julie Lydick Christopher Mann Prairie Foundation Judson M. Parsons Holiday Phelan-Johnson & Christopher Johnson Redtree Properties LP George & Anita Thompson Steve & Renee Thompson Frank & Frances Reynolds Tsai Steve Van Landingham & Matthew O’Grady John C. Walker Edgar Wayburn, M.D. Mariquita West, M.D. & Celia Thompson-Taupin
$250 – $499
Michael Gallagher & Ruth Shapiro Lorraine Gallard Dr. Keith Gilless Charles Henderson Gary Hendrix Nancy Hoopes & Alison Pachynski Arne Hultgren Betsy Jewett Jacques & Leslie Leslie Joshua Margolis Dan Martin Martha Nelson James M. Peña George Peyton, Jr. James Rinehart & Carol Finkelstein Martin & Joan Rosen Hal J. Salwasser Sealaska Corporation Bettina Ring Alicia Robbins Dr. Jeff Romm Leo Roy Carrie Santi Sahara Saude Elizabeth Sedgwick Bob Kingman Sandra Slater & Drew Maran Gary & Carol Torre Brooks Walker III Kirby Walker William Wayburn Georgia Westdahl Peter Stent Tania & Michael Stepanian Doug Wickizer Patrice Winchester Kirke Wolfe Elizabeth Wroblicka Delphine Zeuli
$100 – $249
Michael & Susan Addison Sally Bingham Amy Chesnut Ed & Kerry Cooper Paul & Anne Ehrlich Theodore & Patricia Eliot James P. Finerty George Gaines & Mary Moore Marion Boggs III & Clara Thomas Boggs Peggy C. Campbell Peter DeLucchi Matt Fehrenbacher Green Diamond Resource Company Chantz Joyce Gus Kaufman Jr. Samuel & Cindy Livermore Sylvia McLaughlin Osha Meserve Amy Meyer Karla Nemeth Jim & Lisa Nicol Jennifer Niedermeyer Edward O’Brien & Patricia Hickey Juliet Page Gabe Petlin
$1 – $99
Thelma & Charles Gilmur Ronald & Derry Godar Marty & Joyce Griffin Laura Hamilton John & Mary Ellen Harte Marianna Kaufman & Diana Aleman, in honor of Edgar Wayburn and Marian Kaufman Melvin Kreb John Laughlin Konrad J. Liegel Dan Luoma William & Janet McLennan Elaine McMaster Patrick Noonan Dan Olstein Margit & Richard Roos-Collins Phillips Bros. Mill Rikki Pirrung Ravenswood Winery Saintsbury Winery San Francisco Hat Company Melanie J. Rowland Joan Rubenson, on behalf of Simon Lucas Kagle Paula Swedeen Laurie Tippin Ed & Jeanette Ueber San Francisco Symphony See’s Candies SOAR Inflatables Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation Sports Basement Virgin America
Ansel Adams Gallery/Yosemite National Park Alexander Valley Vineyards California Snow Dawn Patrol Images Frey Vineyards Harney & Sons Fine Teas John Bentley’s Restaurant Lagunitas Brewing Company Tom Lupo & Laura Harvey Madroña Vineyards Method Products MTR Western Navarro Vineyards and Winery Patagonia
Please visit www.pacificforest.org/partners.html for a listing of the Pacific Forest Trust’s clients.
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