Award-winning environmental filmmaker and Mattole River forestry and restoration activist are SLC’s newest Directors.
Siskiyou Land Conservancy added two new board members today, as the land trust continues to grow as a leading conservation voice in Northwestern California.
Frank Green, a veteran television journalist and documentary filmmaker, and Ali Freedlund, Forest Practices Program coordinator for the Mattole Restoration Council, joined the SLC Board of Directors to protect rare and threatened habitats on private lands in the five counties served by Siskiyou Land Conservancy (Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Trinity and Siskiyou).
Ali Freedlund has been a resident of Humboldt County since 1977, and has worked for the Mattole Restoration Council for the past 13 years. She created and now coordinates MRC’s Forest Practices Program, which monitors and comments on all timber harvest plans within the Mattole River watershed. She has also coordinated numerous restoration and conservation projects.
Freedlund is also a director of the Trees Foundation. She brings to SLC a well-honed expertise in evaluating forest practices and policies in northwestern California.
“I’m thrilled to join Siskiyou Land Conservancy and its efforts to protect critical habitats on our precious North Coast,” said Freedlund.
Frank Green has enjoyed a storied career. A former bureau chief and producer for NBC News, during the 1980s Green founded his own television company, Green TV. His environmental documentaries have won many international and national awards including two Emmy Awards, and have been shown on PBS and the Discovery Channel. Green’s 1990 film The Forest Through the Trees remains one of the finest examinations of Maxxam Corp.’s takeover of the Pacific Lumber Co. His 2004 production, Counting Sheep, documents the plight of the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and earned multiple film awards.
A native of San Francisco, Green is well familiar with the rural counties of northwestern California. He has spent more than two decades covering news stories and making films in the area, and has had a lifetime connection to Mendocino County. Green has served as board president of a preschool in a disadvantaged neighborhood in San Francisco, and as a board member of his non-profit environmental production company. He is retired from filmmaking and currently manages a ranch in Mendocino County.
Freedlund and Green join SLC founder and President Greg King (Arcata) and Treasurer Ken Miller (McKinleyville) on the Siskiyou Land Conservancy Board of Directors.