Future of Working Forestland Protected with a New Conservation Easement
AVLT is proud to share the news that Allan Green has just signed a conservation easement on 114 contiguous acres of mixed forestland on Philo-Greenwood Road, approximately 7 miles west of Highway 128. The Green family first acquired property on Greenwood Road in 1971, when they purchased an old sheep ranch along with the remains of a vineyard that had been in operation during prohibition, up on what was euphemistically known as “Vinegar Ridge”. They later purchased a neighboring vineyard property planted by Tony Husch that provided many of the grapes for Allan’s successful Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, the first bonded winery in what is now the Mendocino Ridge American Viticultural Area (AVA). Over the years, the family purchased additional neighboring parcels as they became available. The new conservation easement will preserve undeveloped acreage of rugged forestland of redwoods, Douglas fir and tan oak. Allan’s conservation goals include maintaining and creating the structural characteristics of an older coast redwood forest with provisions that allow sustainable logging. He also wishes to protect the property from commercial development and subdivision, but has included provisions that will allow a limited amount of residential development for future owners.
Allan’s partnership with AVLT to ensure the conservation of his property is an example of a straightforward, but powerful effort to permanently protect this land for future generations.