Introduction to Slow Restoration Forestry

Introduction to Slow Restoration Forestry is a three day training course in the basic skills, practices and implementation of slow restoration forestry practices.
During this workshop, you will learn about:
  • Basic ecological forestry practices
  • tree and other plant identification
  • proper hand tool use and maintenance
  • forest thinning protocols as outlined by Calfire
  • forestry for ecosystem restoration
  • proper burn pile formation and implementation. 

Where & When

  • All three days of the workshop take place at Riddell Preserve in Healdsburg
  • Session I: October 20 – 22, 2023 (for women & non-binary participants, ages 18 – 30 ) Friday 9am – 3pm, Saturday 9am – 3pm (option to camp out at the Riddell cabin), Sunday 9am – 3pm
  • Session II: October 27 – 29, 2023 (all participants, 18+ welcome). Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday 9am to 3pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm   


This workshop is free thank you to a generous grant from the California Fire Foundation. Learn more.

What is slow restoration? 

Slow restoration refers to an approach to stewarding the land that is primarily hand tool based and focuses on taking the whole ecosystem into account and caring for it in a mindful and observant way.  

Do I need prior experience working in the field? 

Absolutely not! Anyone is welcome regardless of experience, but participants must be comfortable spending the day working outdoors in a relatively remote place.  

Can I use this course toward college internship credits or community service hours? 

Yes. Participants are welcome to work with an advisor and use the course towards credits or seek community services hours and/or extra credit from the training. 

How do I know which course is right for me? 

  • Session I is open only to women & non-binary participants, ages 18-30. Maximum of 10 people. This course is suited for younger professionals, students, or landowners interested in ecosystem health, restoration, biodiversity, or careers in forestry and fire. 
  • Session II: All are welcome, ages 18+. This course is suited for anyone looking for experience working outdoors for job training, expanding their knowledge of ecosystem/forest restoration, or management practices for landowners. 

October 22 – 24 (For women and nonbinary participants between the ages of 18 – 30)

Session I

October 27 – 29 (All are welcome, Must be 18 years +)

Session II

Contact Lara O’Herlihy at [email protected] for questions or details.  

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