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Beginning of a Sustainable World

SLDI is pleased to announce the WWW Premier of “The Beginning of the Sustainable World” Conference, Film & Music Forum  - This event has been months in the making, and we would like to thank the POCSA performers, collaborators, audience and screeners who provided valuable feedback … and everyone else who made this a historic event! We want to specifically thank PortOrford.TV, Sustainable Man, Green Fire Productions and The Seattle Channel for giving us permission to use the video on the web as it was presented at the event. We would also like to thank Port Orford Community Co-op who presented at our forum. And, of course, we couldn’t have done it without the crew at the Savoy Theatre, our editor, and the artists who shared their talents with us that evening.

Grassroots education, not hype

Stakeholders in the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area (POCSA) are beginning to take transformative action. Perhaps the most important part of their efforts lie with successfully engaging and educating not just the “industry pros,” but the public on the real meaning of the triple-bottom-line principles of “people, planet and profit.”

To do so they held a conference, film and music forum to promote and educate people on sustainability on the southern Oregon coast. The public event included presentations from Port Orford Mayor Jim Auborn and newly elected Curry County Commissioners Susan Brown and David Smith, as well as a gifting of one of the world’s first clones from a champion redwood tree to the local Port Orford/Langlois High School from Ocean Mountain Ranch and Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. Together, they covered the subject of the need for and what a triple-bottom-line approach really is.

The goals of this event were to increase participant knowledge, and encourage partnerships within the area in a “triple bottom line” approach to a people-planet-profit philosophy for community sustainability. The event also included a synopsis of the recent efforts at becoming more sustainable.

Transformational systems, not Band-aids for cancer

POCSAIn 2006, the local non-profit Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) used Ecosystem-Based-Management (EBM) to guide them in forming the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area (POSCA).  The Stewardship Area encompasses the traditional fishing grounds and the upland watersheds that feed into them.  In total it covers 1,320 square miles – 385 miles of terrestrial and 935 square miles of ocean habitat.

Environmentally conscious forestry interests, working with other conservationists, including sports fishermen and the local Audubon Society, successfully promoted the establishment of the Grassy Knob Wilderness Area in 1974 and the Copper Salmon Wilderness in 2009 to protect the head-waters of the Elk River.  They are presently working on establishing additional protective measures for some of the tributaries that feed into the Elk River.  The Elk River Land Trust has recently been reconstituted as the Wild Rivers Coast Heritage Land Trust covering the terrestrial portion of the entire Stewardship Area and beyond to the California border.

Port Orford has been a leader in the formation of one of the first marine reserves in Oregon through the Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT). The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area were established in a location and size through collaborative work of RRCT and state agencies.  The community team continues to work with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to monitor and manage the area.

A Community Fishing Association (CFA) was also established to secure long-term participation in commercial fishing.  A CFA is a community-based organization that is allowed to buy, hold, lease and sell commercial fishing permits and quota on behalf of a defined fishing community. This is a tool the community can utilize to offset the negative economic and social impacts of “catch shares”  that consolidate fishing permits and quota into large commercially traded efforts that leave out small boats and small fishing communities.
Champion Redwood

Preserving a sustainable future

Non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and local SLDI partner Ocean Mountain Ranch planted champion redwood and sequoia tree clones in the POCSA in order to preserve the genetics of the largest and oldest livings organisms on Earth. This tree planting is in concert with an effort to assist with the migration of the species during coming climate change. In addition to preserving champion tree genetics for future research, the planned planting at the local high school will provide a focal point for ongoing model terrestrial sustainability initiatives within the local community stewardship area and surrounding Curry County, Oregon — a rare place on earth where beautiful wild and scenic rivers tumble down through steep canyons and the tallest and largest carbon-sequestering forests in the world on their way to the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Reference Information:

SLDI Champion Tree Projects


Collaborative User ManualAncient redwoods, giant sequoias to be ‘archived’ on Oregon coast - The Oregonian

Ancient Cloned Trees Planted to Begin New Forest of Redwoods (photo essay) - The Oregonian

Nurseryman plants clones of long-dead redwoods, sequoias - Associated Press

Roots of regeneration – Curry Coastal Pilot

Planting The World’s First Chapion Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forest In The POCSA

More Information About POCSA

Port Orford Communityhttp://www.pocsa.net/

More about the Port Orford Community Co-op


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    “Non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and local SLDI partner Ocean Mountain Ranch planted champion redwood and sequoia tree clones in the POCSA in order to preserve the genetics of the largest and oldest livings organisms on Earth. This tree planting is in concert with an effort to assist with the migration of the species during coming climate change.”

    Watch video of cloning and planting:

    NBC Nightly News
    February 8, 2013
    Can Redwood clones reverse years of logging?

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    New bill proposes state takeover
    Written by Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer
    March 15, 2013

    A new piece of legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives Wednesday could allow state officials to commandeer city police, take taxing districts’ tax revenue — and take a bite out of everyone’s paycheck to provide public safety in the county.

    The proposed bill, crafted by Rep. Chris Garrett (D-Lake Oswego), chair of the Rules Committee, was introduced Wednesday.

    House Bill 3453 states that the governor can declare a county, such as Curry County, as being in a state of public safety fiscal emergency and force it to enter into agreements with other entities — namely cities and local taxing districts — to consolidate revenue, personnel, equipment and other resources to provide and fund public safety services…. http://www.currypilot.com/News/Local-News/New-bill-proposes-state-takeover

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    Scientists find visions of a benevolent future society motivate reform
    By Eric W. Dolan
    March 21, 2013

    People support reform if they believe the changes will enhance the future character of society, according to a study published online this month in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Namely, people support a future society that fosters the development of warm and moral individuals…. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/21/scientists-find-visions-of-a-benevolent-future-society-motivate-reform/

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    Small Steps and Big Trees: A Response to Climate Change
    April 5, 2013 – http://momentarydelight.com/2013/04/05/4292/
    By Dareen Beem

    …. This past December, David Milarch, Terry Mock and the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive went to Port Orford, a place in Southwestern Oregon to plant 250 redwood saplings over four acres. These redwood saplings were clones from champion Redwoods, including the Fieldbrook Stump, a big redwood (even by redwood standards), that had been cut down in 1890…. part of me wonders how we can support similar efforts like the one undertaken at Port Orford? What are the lessons we can learn from the effort at Port Orford? What are the necessary conditions for beginning and sustaining such projects? If I were to ask, “Can we do this in Massachusetts?” ….what would be important factors to make it happen? How can local activists create an environment where more of these projects can take place? These are all questions worth asking, as we further consider the small steps we can take together.

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    Indigenous Town in Mexico Celebrates Two Years of Autonomy and Defense of their Community Forest

    After two years of resisting illegal logging and organized crime, indigenous people in the town of Cheran Mexico demand justice for their assassinated community members and respect for their autonomous government…. http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10122

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    Congratulations to Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and all the 2013 Earth Day planting partners from the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area – home of the world’s 1st champion redwood & sequoia forest – http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/worlds-first-planting-of-a-champion-redwood-sequoia-forest/.

    Earth Day 2013: Port Orford Pacific High School Participates In

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    Creating a Sustainable Future: Ecosystem Services and Spatial Planning

    In today’s crowded world, how can we ensure that the natural environment can continue to sustainably provide us with the resources on which we all rely? This short film by the Westcountry Rivers Trust explains the importance of working together to deliver landscape-scale spatial planning.

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    Curry Coastal Pilot
    Redwoods go global
    Written by Jane Stebbins

    Students of Pacific High School in Port Orford planted a genetic clone of a 3,000-year-old redwood tree in honor of Earth Day — April 22 — celebrations being celebrated throughout the world.

    That sapling was one of dozens planted throughout the world — Germany, Ireland, Wales, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and in California and Oregon — to ensure their chance of long-term survival in the face of climate change.

    About 100 high school and junior high school students gathered on the front lawn of Pacific High School to place the 3-foot-tall sapling in the ground. It will stay there for several years before it is transplanted into a logged area behind the school.

    According to school board member David Brock Smith, the students also replanted scores of Douglas fir trees in that area Monday. The redwood tree will be relocated there in a few years after it has had time to become hardy.

    “Two years ago, the kids were learning about the logging process,” he said. “Now, they’re learning about the replanting process”…. http://www.currypilot.com/News/Local-News/Redwoods-go-global

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    New York Times
    Climbing Sequoias for Climate Change – Video
    June 6, 2013 – By Erik Olsen

    Climbing and cloning the world’s largest trees … http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/06/06/science/100000002262388/reaching-for-the-sky.html

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    Making Sustainability ‘Cool’
    Posted: 07/01/2013

    “Sustainability suffers from a decided lack of ‘coolness.’ Scientists who warn about climate change are a serious lot and glaciers receding do not have the drama of, say, a zombie apocalypse. Species extinction makes a better plot device when it can be reversed and wreak havoc à la Jurassic Park…. How can we make it ‘cool’ to be sustainable?….we must build a sustainability-focused consumer revolution and to do that we need a hero who is cool, hip and passionate about the subject.”

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    How to Get Ready for the Global EcoVillage Movement
    by Shayna Gladstone

    …Living in an ecovillage may just be the antidote to many of the ills of modern urban life. Humans have lived in small settlements with close kin and extended tribal family in tandem with the cycles of nature for hundreds of thousands of years, and some psychologists say that current unprecedented levels of depression, stress, anxiety, drug addiction, and suicide are due to this fundamental disconnect from our past close relationships with each other and with nature.

    An ecovillage is an intentional community committed to becoming more sustainable. In practice, this means that the resource inputs for the necessities of living come from local sources and are by and are by and large derived directly from nature in a way that allows nature to perpetually replenish itself and continually supply the needed materials. Ecovillages are also designed using whole systems design principles, to maximize overall quality of life for humans.

    Here’s a 10-step guide to help you get started making the shift…. http://www.utne.com/community/global-ecovillage-movement.aspx#ixzz2gZb1ba7E

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    Reader’s Digest Magazine
    20 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be Better for Us All

    #7 Trees Stand Tall – “This will be a great year for sequoias and redwoods. We will be attempting something that has never been tried on a large scale before: planting thousands of clones from old-growth giants around the world, helping to restore our global forests. Why these behemoths? Sequoias can breathe in CO2 faster and more effectively than almost any other species on earth, mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.” – -David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, which locates, clones, and archives tree genetics

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    Port Orford: Expanding Golf Empire
    December 26, 2013

    Pacific Gales, a project developers hope will be the area’s next world-class course, was announced recently, to be built along the ocean on a portion of a ranch located between Cape Blanco and Port Orford…. http://theworldlink.com/bandon/news/expanding-golf-empire/article_b6cfdf60-6e59-11e3-8fb5-0019bb2963f4.html

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    Travel Oregon: Wild Rivers Coast – http://industry.traveloregon.com/industry-resources/destination-development/rural-tourism-studio/wild-rivers-coast/

    The Rural Tourism Studio offers skill building, planning and product development workshops to bolster the tourism economy in this region.

    Dec 3 | Nature-based Outdoor Recreation Development Field Day in Port Orford
    Dec 4 | Nature-based Outdoor Recreation Development Workshop in Port Orford
    Jan 28 | Teaming for Success Workshop in Port Orford

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    Partnership Announced to Reverse Deforestation and Global Warming
    Patented Carbon Technology and Champion Tree Genetics Combined for Earth Restoration – http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/partnership-announced-to-reverse-deforestation-and-global-warming/

    (Port Orford, OR – February 17, 2014) Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. and non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announce an experimental partnership to test new patented systems to integrate unique carbon measuring and environmental financial products with genetics of the largest trees on Earth. Designed for replication on forest projects anywhere on the planet through a Forest Carbon Legacy Initiative, the first test of this unique technology combination will be at Ocean Mountain Ranch in Port Orford, OR, where the world’s first champion coast redwood and giant sequoia clone grove was successfully planted in December of 2012….

    Ocean Mountain Ranch project manager Terry Mock is overseeing the development of a sustainable carbon-negative project to demonstrate how landowners can be provided with incentives to re-grow old growth forests and remarked: “Developing champion tree ‘super groves’ and implementing the kind of monitoring and financial technology that this experiment will test is fundamentally essential in order to scale up global reforestation”….

    Ocean Mountain Ranch (http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/worlds-first-planting-of-a-champion-redwood-sequoia-forest) is a model mixed-use sustainable eco-forestry project overlooking the southern Oregon coast that is implementing a forest stewardship plan to meet the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area’s environmental, social, and economic needs by using ecosystem-based natural
    resource management best practices.

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    March 2014 – http://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/Preliminary-planning-consent-for-new-Oregon-golf-course/3070/Default.aspx#.Uy8RVFe0Q3A
    Preliminary planning consent for new Oregon golf course

    The proposed Pacific Gales golf course on the coast of southern Oregon could start construction this summer, with preview play as early as autumn 2015, after the Curry County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the developers’ request for a conditional use permit, the first stage in the planning process….