Dear Friends,

After ISF and Garberville Rotary hosted a biochar demonstration, All Fired Up, on Dec 8, 2018, many people asked for an event with broader considerations of carbon, community preparedness, more biochar, prescribed burn information and other fire issues.

Now with the Governor’s proclaiming a Wildfire State of Emergency, hundreds of millions of state fund dollars dedicated to prepare for future fire ignitions, ISF decided to sponsor a second event, Embracing Fire 2019, Saturday, May 11th, 9 am to 4 pm at the Mateel Community Center in Redway.

ISF is creating a festive, family oriented, and community gathering to promote confident preparation for fire safely. Our goal is to enhance community and agency co-operation for our civil defense and biospheric preservation. We are bringing local, state and Federal agencies together to meet with the pubic. Presentations will include accounts of the recent years massive fires and how we can prepare and prevent them in our region. We will also present information from speakers, literature, vendors and agency exhibits  [including work and career info], and an exploration of funding sources for personal, homestead and community projects as well as having fuel reduction practitioners and contractors. 

It’s the day before Mother’s Day and Moms and their kids will not be left out.  Smokie the Bear will even be there. Kids will be welcome to the kids corner, and even to explore a fire engine. There will be stories, playing, art supplies, a biochar fire pit and music.

Conversations before, between, and after presentations and around exhibits may be the most informative and influential element of the event. I hope you can attend and invite your world. ISF is pleased to offer Embracing Fire 2019. We would like the public to attend and speak out. 

We will have continental style breakfast at 9 am, low cost lunch after the morning session, and towards the end beer, beverages, and cross pollinating discussions. We offer a first drink free to all fire personnel who are wearing their fire affiliation. Please feel free to offer to buy them another. Look for detailed schedules of presenters as that agenda is finalized in the next weeks. Hope to see you there: Embracing Fire 2019, at the Mateel, May, 11, 2019

Chip Tittmann, President, ISF, 707-599-2549 

Greg Condon, ISF Director,  585 820-8741

Please join the Institute for Sustainable Forestry on Saturday November 17th for an informative exploration of the fall mushrooms of the Usal Redwood Forest. Leading us will be Humboldt County mycologists and local mushroom aficionados Kyle Keegan and Harry Vaughn. We will be meeting at 9 am at the Peg House directly across highway 101 from Standish Hickey State Park or at 10 am at the WRP gate on Highway 1. We will be car-pooling into the Usal Redwood Forest. Participants will be observing the forest community, collecting edible mushrooms to celebrate the bounty of the fall, and conducting a bioblitz of the fungal community using the inaturalist application. Even with little autumn rain, there will still be mushroom habitat to explore and fungi botany to discuss. Bring your lunch, water, weather appropriate clothing, hiking boots, smart phone/camera, notebook and a basket for mushroom collecting. After the mushroom walk we will have an open discussion on opportunities for regenerative non-timber forest products at the Peg House where there will be music, a late afternoon meal including mushroom soup and merlot wine will be available at the Peg House for purchase.

For information call ISF at (707-244-4584), The hike will be canceled in the event of severe weather. A $25 donation is requested.

Remember, the last ISF, Circle Around the Sun tour will be December 8 for “Fire Up 2018” at the So Hum Community Park for demonstrations on prescribed fire (Rx fire), biochar, community, forest and household fire defense along with Rotary Club awards for VFD Fire Hero awards.

Institute for Sustainable Forestry and Garberville Rotary Present
ALL FIRED UP!    2018
Forest Health Day and Firefighter Honors


Southern Humboldt Community Park
Saturday December 8   Noon to 5PM


Noon to 5pm       Hands On Biochar Demos and Kiln Firing
                       Kelpie Wilson, Wilson Biochar Associates


Noon to 2pm    Dave Kahan: Homestead Fire Safety
                       Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association, Prescribed Burn Info and Techniques
                       Cybelle Immittt: News from Firesafe Councils, Community Fire Awareness


3pm to 5pm     SoHum Firefighter Honors, Dinner and Celebration 


Admission Free! Come meet your firefighters, 
Dinner and Beverages on Sale



For more info: call Chip Tittmann at 707-244-4584