From 1997 to 2002, Rose Foundation led the Headwaters Forest Debt-for-Nature Project and the Maxxam Shareholder Campaign, seeking permanent protection for Northern California’s beautiful and fragile Headwaters Redwood Forest. The Headwaters Forest is home to numerous endangered and threatened species, and contained the last significant stands of privately-owned old-growth redwoods anywhere in the world.
Combining an innovative legal theory with strategically-targeted outreach to governmental decision makers and series of shareholder advocacy campaigns, the Rose Foundation and its partners were successul in getting the six groves with the bulk of the threatened old-growth redwoods permanently protected by a governmental buy-out. The balance of the forest, while still at risk from logging, was made subject to a strict habitat conservation plan. To find out more about this campaign, click here.