RFFI’s governing bylaws require that the vast majority of land that they acquire be maintained as a working forest. In this regard, RFFI is looking forward to maintaining 98.2% of Usal in working forest in perpetuity. Simultaneously, RFFI also seeks to enhance the environment and benefit the community. Given the significance and unique environmental attributes of certain parcels within Usal, RFFI was pleased to sell approximately 957 acres to the Save the Redwood League. This sale was coordinated with the sale of the conservation easement on the remainder of the 50,000 acre property. The park-like parcel, sometimes referred to as Shady Dell, contains the old-growth “Enchanted Forest” grove along with a stunning scenic coastline. This Shady Dell sale was also intended to improve public access to coastal trails and to the adjacent Usal Beach property that is already held in California State Parks ownership. In May 2016, the newly built, 2.3-mile trail that runs through the Shady Dell property was opened and is named for Peter Douglas, one of California’s most famous coastal champions. Finally, the League, California Parks and RFFI will work together on a forestry strategy in the Shady Dell watershed that will protect and restore the health of the property’s redwood forests.