We purchased Skunk Ranch in the Fall of 2011.
Our goal is to serve as a working model for forest dependent communities to sustainably manage the forests that host them, using practices which are economically viable.
2012 to 2013 Our priority was the restoration of the forest. We chose a local CA certified Forester to produce a superb Forest Management Plan (FMP). This process took 2 years and was partially funded in 2014 by NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service), a federal agency. Our plan details the restoration and stewardship of the Skunk Ranch ecosystem for the next 10 years based on specific project areas for each year. Please click FOREST page above for the complete Forest Management Plan.
2012 to 2014 We fenced and planted vegetable gardens to help us live well and to develop organic produce for sale.
We restored, pruned and irrigated the two orchards,
2012 to 2013 we remodeled the main house, increased the number of solar panels, improved the solar infrastructure, and added a senior unit on the ground floor.
- We maintained the access roads
- established a prototype compost/worm casting facility,
- initiated brush chipping for compost worm casting business.
- built a work shop for storage and maintenance in 2013.
After extensive research bought and installed a portable lumber mill in 2013.
2015, implementing the first two years of Skunk forest restoration practices we produced about 9000 board feet of lumber used in construction from thinned fir trees logged in the 2014 unit of the Forest Management Plan.
Built a shed with the end pieces in 2014