Many of the global challenges we face today are caused by poor incentives. The goal of the Forest Reciprocity Group is to prove that when incentives are properly aligned, and the spirit of human innovation is unleashed, ecological restoration, social development and sustainable local economies can be achieved hand-in-hand.

 
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FRG team

Jenny Burnstad -  Co-Founder, Cloud Forest Institute; Community Organizer; Bookkeeper    Jenny Burnstad is the Fiscal Director and co-founder, along with daughter Freeda and late husband Patrick, of  Cloud Forest Institute . She is a co-founder of MendoDragon Intentional Community in Boonville where a small diameter pole "sun room" is in the process of being built. Jen is active as a volunteer with local community efforts including helping to organize the Not So Simple Living Fair. She has enjoyed vocations as a Rock Shop proprietor, silversmith, basket weaver, chair caner and organic gardener. Jen is a QuickBooks Coach and worked with West Company as a Small Business Development Center, SBDC Bookkeeping Consultant.

Jenny Burnstad - Co-Founder, Cloud Forest Institute; Community Organizer; Bookkeeper

Jenny Burnstad is the Fiscal Director and co-founder, along with daughter Freeda and late husband Patrick, of Cloud Forest Institute. She is a co-founder of MendoDragon Intentional Community in Boonville where a small diameter pole "sun room" is in the process of being built. Jen is active as a volunteer with local community efforts including helping to organize the Not So Simple Living Fair. She has enjoyed vocations as a Rock Shop proprietor, silversmith, basket weaver, chair caner and organic gardener. Jen is a QuickBooks Coach and worked with West Company as a Small Business Development Center, SBDC Bookkeeping Consultant.

Eric Lassotovitch -  Co-Founder, Polecraft Solutions    Eric is a licensed building contractor in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. He innovates efficient pole frame crafting solutions, and draws plans for clients. The appeal of using the small diameter trees that currently need to be thinned from many tracts of forests in Mendocino County has inspired him to use his drawing skills to manifest new tools and techniques for a unique approach to round-pole timber framing. Energy efficiency, affordability, healthy homes, and appropriate usage of local materials are among his top design considerations. Eric is co-founder, with Colin Gilespi, of  Polecraft Solutions .

Eric Lassotovitch - Co-Founder, Polecraft Solutions

Eric is a licensed building contractor in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. He innovates efficient pole frame crafting solutions, and draws plans for clients. The appeal of using the small diameter trees that currently need to be thinned from many tracts of forests in Mendocino County has inspired him to use his drawing skills to manifest new tools and techniques for a unique approach to round-pole timber framing. Energy efficiency, affordability, healthy homes, and appropriate usage of local materials are among his top design considerations. Eric is co-founder, with Colin Gilespi, of Polecraft Solutions.

Kyra Rice -  Food, Flower, Forest Gardener; Board Member, Cloud Forest Institute; FRG Web Master    Kyra spent ten years as a working artist and educator before committing her work entirely to ecologic & food systems health. She designed a garden nutrition program for a public elementary school in Oakland, CA where students grew all organic vegetables to feed 600 each week in a free school lunch program. Kyra spent 4 years in salmon habitat restoration with Turtle Island Restoration Network - SPAWN, and with Friends of Sausal Creek in revitalizing paved & piped waterways in Oakland. She was the 2016 - 17 manager of the educational organic production garden, Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg, CA; and holds a certificate in Ecology Action’s Grow BioIntensive carbon sequestering mini-farming methods. Kyra is on the Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute, and is on the spokes council of Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee. Kyra holds a degree in visual arts from California College of Arts and Crafts and a graduate certificate in education.

Kyra Rice - Food, Flower, Forest Gardener; Board Member, Cloud Forest Institute; FRG Web Master

Kyra spent ten years as a working artist and educator before committing her work entirely to ecologic & food systems health. She designed a garden nutrition program for a public elementary school in Oakland, CA where students grew all organic vegetables to feed 600 each week in a free school lunch program. Kyra spent 4 years in salmon habitat restoration with Turtle Island Restoration Network - SPAWN, and with Friends of Sausal Creek in revitalizing paved & piped waterways in Oakland. She was the 2016 - 17 manager of the educational organic production garden, Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg, CA; and holds a certificate in Ecology Action’s Grow BioIntensive carbon sequestering mini-farming methods. Kyra is on the Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute, and is on the spokes council of Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee. Kyra holds a degree in visual arts from California College of Arts and Crafts and a graduate certificate in education.

 
Colin Gillespie -  Co-Founder, Polecraft Solutions    Colin has worked in the construction trades for over 20 years. He has had training and experience in eco-forestry, permaculture design, and natural building, as well as degree in sociology. He has built several homes and structures that combine the benefits of modern and ancient building techniques into elegant round-pole timber frames with straw bale infill constructions. He has had extensive experience in clay and lime plasters, sculpted cob, and waxed earthen floors. He has dedicated himself to the creation of highly efficient, healthy homes for living in harmony with nature. Collin is co-founder, with Eric Lassotovitch, of  Polcraft Solutions .

Colin Gillespie - Co-Founder, Polecraft Solutions

Colin has worked in the construction trades for over 20 years. He has had training and experience in eco-forestry, permaculture design, and natural building, as well as degree in sociology. He has built several homes and structures that combine the benefits of modern and ancient building techniques into elegant round-pole timber frames with straw bale infill constructions. He has had extensive experience in clay and lime plasters, sculpted cob, and waxed earthen floors. He has dedicated himself to the creation of highly efficient, healthy homes for living in harmony with nature. Collin is co-founder, with Eric Lassotovitch, of Polcraft Solutions.

Sharon Lloyd -  Architect, Artist    Sharon Lloyd has developed her professional skills and talents in the fields of architecture and fine art. She received her degree from the University of California at Berkeley and prior to this was one of the founding members of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). During the course of her professional career in architecture she has worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Monterey peninsula area in a variety of roles giving her a broad range of experience in the architectural field. Prior to relocating to Mendocino County her focus was in the field of Organic Architecture primarily at the office of Mickey Muennig in Big Sur. Presently her focus is the “Tiny House” and all that this encompasses. She is now in the process of building a self-sufficient “Tiny House On Wheels”. While pursuing a career in architecture, Sharon concurrently pursued a career in fine art. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and she has been recognized in various publications, mostly in the Monterey/Carmel areas, where she also received awards.

Sharon Lloyd - Architect, Artist

Sharon Lloyd has developed her professional skills and talents in the fields of architecture and fine art. She received her degree from the University of California at Berkeley and prior to this was one of the founding members of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). During the course of her professional career in architecture she has worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Monterey peninsula area in a variety of roles giving her a broad range of experience in the architectural field. Prior to relocating to Mendocino County her focus was in the field of Organic Architecture primarily at the office of Mickey Muennig in Big Sur. Presently her focus is the “Tiny House” and all that this encompasses. She is now in the process of building a self-sufficient “Tiny House On Wheels”. While pursuing a career in architecture, Sharon concurrently pursued a career in fine art. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries and she has been recognized in various publications, mostly in the Monterey/Carmel areas, where she also received awards.

Dane Downing -  District Manager, Covelo Sewer District    Dane is an active member of his community focusing his efforts on improving the health and well being of his local watershed and all those who reside therein. Dane is District Manager of Covelo Sewer District and oversees the functions of his town’s wastewater treatment plant—the only one in California that utilizes wetlands and ozone to process effluent. He volunteers on the local water district as well as with regional non-profit groups aimed at monitoring water quantity and quality along the Eel River watershed. Nearly 20 years ago Dane began seeking solutions to catastrophic forest fuel loads. With his interest in carpentry, he researched, developed a feasibility study, and eventually created a business plan in small log utilization and other forest health solutions.

Dane Downing - District Manager, Covelo Sewer District

Dane is an active member of his community focusing his efforts on improving the health and well being of his local watershed and all those who reside therein. Dane is District Manager of Covelo Sewer District and oversees the functions of his town’s wastewater treatment plant—the only one in California that utilizes wetlands and ozone to process effluent. He volunteers on the local water district as well as with regional non-profit groups aimed at monitoring water quantity and quality along the Eel River watershed. Nearly 20 years ago Dane began seeking solutions to catastrophic forest fuel loads. With his interest in carpentry, he researched, developed a feasibility study, and eventually created a business plan in small log utilization and other forest health solutions.

 
Anna Hope -  Activist, Natural Home Builder Advocate    Anna Hope has defended ancient redwoods from being cut down, planted fruit trees with children at their schools all over California, converted diesel buses to run on vegetable oil, made herbal medicine, organized community events, and been involved in building natural homes. Currently Anna Hope advocates to maintain owner builder ordinances and helps to educate her local building department about innovative natural building.

Anna Hope - Activist, Natural Home Builder Advocate

Anna Hope has defended ancient redwoods from being cut down, planted fruit trees with children at their schools all over California, converted diesel buses to run on vegetable oil, made herbal medicine, organized community events, and been involved in building natural homes. Currently Anna Hope advocates to maintain owner builder ordinances and helps to educate her local building department about innovative natural building.

Govinda Dalton -  Founder, Spirit Resistance Radio; Board Member: Cloud Forest Institute    Govinda has been thinning small diameter trees on his forestland and using the round poles to build lodges and other meaningful structures for over 20 years. The catastrophic fire that tore through Mendocino County in 2008 skirted or moved right through the thinned forestland he’s been tending with little damage to tree stands. Govinda is the Media Technician and founder of Spirit Resistance Radio. He is on the International Indian Treaty Council, is part of the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Western Shoshone Defense League; and has held a key role in forest preservation activism. Govinda is also on the Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute.

Govinda Dalton - Founder, Spirit Resistance Radio; Board Member: Cloud Forest Institute

Govinda has been thinning small diameter trees on his forestland and using the round poles to build lodges and other meaningful structures for over 20 years. The catastrophic fire that tore through Mendocino County in 2008 skirted or moved right through the thinned forestland he’s been tending with little damage to tree stands. Govinda is the Media Technician and founder of Spirit Resistance Radio. He is on the International Indian Treaty Council, is part of the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Western Shoshone Defense League; and has held a key role in forest preservation activism. Govinda is also on the Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute.

Blair Phillips -  Founder, Abuela Gardens; Founder, Common Vision    Blair is the founder of  Abuela Gardens  (2013). He has a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Agroecology and education (2006). Blair is a certified permaculture designer and teacher who has studied with Dr. Elaine Ingham, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Penny Livingston, Broc Dolmon, Ian Davidson, Steve Gliesman, Michael Smith, and Michael Flynn. (2004-to present). Blair is the founder of  Common Vision  (1999), a non profit organization responsible for planting thousands of fruit trees in California, many of which were planted on California’s school campuses by a waste vegetable oil powered caravan of earth educators. Blair has worked internationally to propagate an additional 7000 trees in Guinea, West Africa (2008). In 2010 Blair studied at Cal Earth and with other natural builders, and helped build a super adobe dome structure for a school in Dogon country, Mali, West Africa. Settling into the hills of Willits has inspired him to have an intimate relationship with the watershed, designing based on a regenerative relationship with the surrounding environment in a multifaceted approach.

Blair Phillips - Founder, Abuela Gardens; Founder, Common Vision

Blair is the founder of Abuela Gardens (2013). He has a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Agroecology and education (2006). Blair is a certified permaculture designer and teacher who has studied with Dr. Elaine Ingham, Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Penny Livingston, Broc Dolmon, Ian Davidson, Steve Gliesman, Michael Smith, and Michael Flynn. (2004-to present). Blair is the founder of Common Vision (1999), a non profit organization responsible for planting thousands of fruit trees in California, many of which were planted on California’s school campuses by a waste vegetable oil powered caravan of earth educators. Blair has worked internationally to propagate an additional 7000 trees in Guinea, West Africa (2008). In 2010 Blair studied at Cal Earth and with other natural builders, and helped build a super adobe dome structure for a school in Dogon country, Mali, West Africa. Settling into the hills of Willits has inspired him to have an intimate relationship with the watershed, designing based on a regenerative relationship with the surrounding environment in a multifaceted approach.

Partners

 
 

Funding has been provided by the Rose Foundation’s Just and Resilient Future Fund which supports both immediate recovery assistance for the most vulnerable populations, and to initiatives that build more healthy, just and resilient communities.

Polecraft Solutions

Natural home builders who combine round pole timber framing with strawbale, cob, and other earth based materials that include pumice-crete foundations, earthen-floors and natural plasters.

FRG works together with PCS to bring public attention to their engineer stamped, round pole frame, fire safe home designs as a viable and fire resistant alternative to conventional housing. Through Cloud Forest Institute, FRG has provided Polecraft Solutions with funding for the engineering of an efficient "Saltbox" round pole timber frame that is now available to the public as a kit,

Metta

Generous support is given by METTA, a global community dedicated to awakening together, whose vision is for the benefits of relational Dhamma to be shared and made available for the world.

METTA has made available a 6.5 acre easement of land located on Hensley Creek Road in Ukiah, CA for FRG to use for public benefit. FRG is developing a Natural Building Arts and Innovation Center at this site.

John Cunnan

John is the wood shop teacher at the Waldorf School of Mendocino, a round wood furniture maker and wood craftsman since 1972. He founded the Round Valley Wood Wrights in 1979, ran the wood shop for the Covelo Garden Project, and taught woodcraft to the apprentices of Allan Chadwick. John makes natural wood furniture from round wood forest thinnings for his business, Wildwood Crafts.

Mike Riddell

Small Diameter Tree Thinning Crew

 
 

 

Please help us achieve our goals of incentivizing increased forest restoration and revitalizing local economic opportunities through small pole utilization, the massive byproduct currently going to waste from forest improvement projects throughout California.

Raising a small diameter timber pole frame in Laytonville, Ca

Raising a small diameter timber pole frame in Laytonville, Ca