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One Million Redwoods Project - Planting For The Future

Ayana Young, founder of, FOR THE WILD .

Stemming from a long-term vision for the reforestation and renewal of temperate rainforests throughout the Cascadian bioregion, FOR THE WILD’s 1 Million Redwoods Project and native species nursery is wielding the intelligence of nature to push back against climate change and mass extinction.

In the wake of the unfaltering extraction of fossil fuels and an abundance of shortsighted technological climate-fixes, For The Wild believes that the strongest potential for mitigating anthropogenic climate change lies in enriching the forest ecosystems that have been unparalleled in their capacity to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere for millennia.

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.

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 current bioregion, They are also 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. The project 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 primaeval 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 through the challenging times ahead. The forest restoration goals of For The Wild embrace the need for the large-scale greening of the planet—our best bet for carbon drawdown.


Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) stand supreme in their ability, as the tallest, most bio-massive and structurally complex trees on Earth, to sequester three times as much aboveground carbon as any other forest type.

In just one year, a single mature redwood can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to what a car emits during 26,000 miles of driving. Even young redwood saplings uptake carbon at a more rapid rate than most full-grown trees.


The project is currently on the Kickstarter where you can pitch in.
You can also support by direct donation.
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