Cities account for the greatest use of lumber. Houses and businesses all require much lumber to build, lumber that comes from natural forests. A city-owned forest is a way for cities to offset their use of lumber by actually growing some of their own. Â It can also provide a source of income for a city and a way to turn wastewater into revenue. And then there are carbon credits. Â This is not a new idea, the City of Arcata has owned theÂ Arcata Community ForestÂ for years. Â We have encouraged the City of Sebastopol to carefully evaluate Arcata’s operation as a model for Sebastopol. Â We also directed the city to potential funding sources.
Graton Community Forest Project:
In January of 2012 Forest Unlimited planted redwoods at the Graton Community Services Wastewater Treatment Plant. Â These trees will be watered with nutrient-laden water from the plant and will grow faster than normal. Â These trees will eventually be sustainably harvested to offset trees harvested elsewhere but used by Graton residents. Â Sales of the logs will also provide income to the district and turn wastewater into an asset. Â This reduces the pressure on natural forests while still provided needed lumber.