Concept for interns interested in our Sustainable Life Style Skill Program
This is what it might be like for you!

The big picture for this vision is to help create a small community in this park like setting that is completely self-sustaining in the following:  

  1. Food production - for a small community of 15 or so.
  2. Energy independent   solar power
  3. Financial independent  - home industry using natural resources.

This means the expansion of gardens, orchards and animal husbandry.

1. Gardens to provide food year around for the community including vegetables, fruits of all varieties, berries, grapes, nuts, kiwis, meat, dairy products, chickens, eggs, etc. Ponds for fisheries.  

a. Intensive organic gardening and farming. 

b. Food processing/preservation: learn to make Keefer, cheese, fermented products, bread baking, canning, drying of foods including mushrooms both wild in season and growing mushrooms for daily use.

2. Development of water containment facilities for fisheries and fire protection  one already exists, 3 more anticipated. 

3. Become as independent as possible in the use of fossil fuels with solar power and/or wood burning generators. 

a. Design and construct housing for a community for perhaps 4 permanent residents and 4 - 8 temporary helpers or interns, participating in educational seminars.

b. Farm buildings Green houses, chicken houses, goat pens, goat milking stalls, work shops, storage out buildings for supplies, root cellars, etc

c. Communal kitchen, bath house, sauna, and communal space for gatherings, lectures or recreational activities separate from the private permanent residents. 

d. Visitors educational/studies center.  

There is a complete cabinet shop, and machine shop on the premises with backhoe, D6 caterpillar tractor, dump truck, 2 saw mills and lots of various light power and light hand tools and equipment on the farm.

RFI'S MISSION FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY

Forest management plays an important role in our internship program.  We are establishing a model as to how our redwood forests should be managed for the benefit of future generations.

  1.            Long term rather than short term thinking where forest ecology and environmental practices are prioritized over short term monetary gains.

a.    Our focus is on the importance of our forests for all living things on this planet especially for the preservation of our water quality, air quality, and for all other forest ecosystems. 

b.    Learn to Identifying flora and fauna of our forest ecosystem and how they relate to the overall environmental impact of the forest.

c.     The importance of our forest for recreational/educational purposes not only as a necessary get-a-way but also, to reconnect with nature for adults and children alike.

2.    Restoration of old growth trees especially along streams and ridges for air and water quality along with fisheries habitat restoration.

a.    We have selected 1000 of these redwood trees tagged them with a circular, aluminum, numbered tags, identifying these trees on location maps for quick reference and monitoring purposes. 

3.    We are working to bringing our forest to full production with a healthy, thriving native flora, and fauna.

a.    Income residuals are earned while doing timber stand improvements.

b.    Site preparation and planting of redwoods is an important part of this experience. See “Planting Redwoods” on the menu of our website savetrees.org for detailed site specific planting information.

c.     We have selected two pristine areas as indicated on our Conservation Easement Base Line Map specifying no human intervention in these areas to compare with the managed forest for balance of our property.

d.    We are identifying micro climates within the forest ecosystem and dealing with each as a separate identity.

4.    Fire protection is also, an important aspect of good forest management.

a.     Maintain fire and fuel breaks on ridges and open meadows for access and fire breaks along with water containment facilities (ponds) are also projects we will be doing in your internship forest experience.

Yes, it may be truly said that our welfare and even our survival is dependent on how we manage our forest!

The objective is for students to become involved from conception to the completion for each phase of work they choose to be involved within the context of learning by doing.

Anticipated future participation of Universities and their students as an extension of the overall long range vision for this facility.  

1. To begin with, one quarter or semester credited course for 4 to 6 selected students with at least one staff professor to set priorities and give guidance within the class curriculum. At the end of the quarter or semester half the students leave while half remain to teach the new interns that replace them.  As this program develops it is anticipated that 6 or 8 residents students for various periods of time might be involved along with others doing educational and research projects under the direction and guidance of their professors.   

2. Interdisciplinary involvement of students from different departments to share skill such as agriculture majors take responsibility/teach farming, animal husbandry majors be responsibility/teach others about care of animals, horticultural majors take on the native plant creek/park project, architectural students be responsible for design and construction, and so forth and so on crops majors take care of gardening and farming. Etc.

3. The idea is to have as many students as possible from various departments learn from one another by teaching each other with the guidance of a professional.

4. Two day seminars would be on going for interested students and faculty during the entire school year.

5. Two to three day weekend seminars in the spring, summer, and fall targeted to 4th to 6th grade level charter school children as well as underprivileged school children.  Resident students would participate as teachers as well as counselors as teaching is the best way to learn. 

a. Primarily focus on the importance of our forests for all of us on this planet the preservation of water/air quality and forest ecology identifying flora and fauna and forest ecology with the focus on redwoods. Site preparation and planting of redwoods as a part of this experience.

6. Education combined with Vacation rentals will continue to bring people in for a much needed get-away from it all including a forest experience. These visitors would be encouraged to participate and share in the funding and work for their own personal pleasure and experience.

It is overwhelming to look at this project on paper, but if past experience can be used as a guideline, what my late wife and I were able to accomplish without hired help and with limited financial resources in the past 47 years, it is not an unrealistic proposal. It can be done over time with an endowment to fund the infrastructure that is required. 

I am willing to work with any University or entity that can/want to help see this program in place .

As my cost share, I am willing to donate all of my personal assets to realize this vision as my last humanitarian effort for the benefit of future generations.

Sincerely,

Charles Bello

P.S. Any students/interns/financial investors interested in contacting me or coming for a visit are welcome. Email me at cbello@savetrees.org. or Call 707 459 2391

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