Do you know of any other organizations incorporating similar forestry management practices as you?
There are some excellent studies of old-growth forests being done in Oregon and Washington State and there are relatively good "sustainable forestry" operations that are certified by Smartwood and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). There are also a couple of Experimental Forestry Stations scattered about the U.S. Forest Service and State Forestry systems that practice a version of our Restoration Forestry. But, I don't know right now where they are located. I know one is the Penebscott Experimental Forest on the East Coast.
One good example of straight restoration can be found near the Oregon border in the Redwoods National Park. The National Park purchased cutover lands in 1978 to add to the park, and with an extensive budget, have done some pretty amazing things to bring the cutover lands back to park-like status. But, it's not really the restoration of a working forest.
If you can get your hands on a copy, there is an article in the book Ecoforestry of a 90-acre forest that is managed very well. I don't have the book near me, but I remember the person was in the Pacific Northwest somewhere and he practiced a version of our forestry too.
Unfortunately we are a very rare breed. There literally are only a handful of examples nationwide of true Restoration Forestry and they are all on a minor scale. Most of what passes for "Green Forestry" these days is Sustainable Forestry. Sustainable Forestry is a good step in the right direction, but it's a far cry from the type of forestry we practice.
How do you save forestlands?
For a complete answer please download our Forest Restoration Manual. This PDF file describes our pioneering transformation of a logged land into a beauty-filled productive forest where trees become Old-Growth Again.
We have a shorter summary of what we're doing at our Restoration Forestry page, including actual images from our forest.
Is Old-Growth Again a non-profit organization?
Old-Growth Again (OGA), Forever Redwood's parent company, was founded as a non-profit in the 90's. OGA was funded initially by small grants. As a thank you, we built beautiful Redwood picnic tables as gifts for our early patrons. The furniture eventually became our main source of income because of the strong response it received. We set up a for-profit corporation to pay taxes on the furniture income. But, all furniture income continues to fund the forest work and we will always keep the idea of giving a gift to the supporters of the forest restoration. As a supporter of our work, you are notified every 3 months (just before each season begins) of new products, what we are doing in the woods, and of special discounts not on the website.
Because of its nature, these discounts are not directly on our website. But, you are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter without buying or making a donation to our non-profit. Signing up for the newsletter will allow you to receive the same quarterly updates that our supporters receive including the discounts. These seasonal "invitation only" sales represent a significant percent of our annual income because we've worked hard to build good will over the years from thousands of past furniture buyers and patrons. Hope we can earn yours also.
Who is your manufacturing company?
We manufacture all our own furniture by hand from the limited amount of lumber we remove from our lands every year. We do forest restoration work and use the lumber to make furniture to pay for restoring logged forestlands back to their ancient form. We have a wood-working shop with 30 employees. All natural wood—no plastic, composites, or other junk. Each piece is handmade to the highest standards using extra thick timbers and finely finished.