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Sign the Petition to Release an Ocelot Captured from the Wild from a Millionaire’s Private Collection

OneForest is supporting the release of a wild Ocelot captured in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica by a Private Collector. Please read on and sign to help get the cat released.

On Friday, March 3, 2017 in La Tarde, Costa Rica an ocelot was captured from the wild and taken to a millionaire’s private collection. The 2-year-old female ocelot was rescued as a cub from the side of the road after her mother was hit in 2015. The family that rescued her lives very close to where she was found in the jungle, boarding Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. The cub was supported for the first few months of her life by the family and had the option to come and go as she pleased from the home in to the forest. Once the cat was clearly hunting and living on her own, the family no longer fed her and she lived as a wild cat. The ocelot continued to be friendly with people due to her situation as a cub and occasionally visited the home, which attracted the attention of the millionaire’s private animal collector. This woman decided she wanted the cat for the collection, where they have more wild cats living in cages and other exotic animals, including the endangered baird’s tapir. So the woman claimed that the ocelot, living in its natural habitat, needed to be “rescued” to live in a cage, be fed chicken, and boost the woman’s ego. She entered the farm of the family, put a collar on the cat (which it had never had before) and stole it from the jungle. She claimed that she had the proper authorization for this under the vail of “rescue” but never produced any documents with the necessary signatures for this claim. Please sign the petition to uncover this scandal and release the Ocelot back to the wild.

P4NP at Mad River Wed. Jan 18, 2017

Pints for Nonprofit Event at Mad River Brewery in Blue Lake, CA on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 hosted by OneForest to support Rainforest Conservation and Environmental Education in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica featuring Jam Band PEACH PURPLE, 50/50 Raffle, and PRIZES. OneForest receives $1 for ever pint sold ALL DAY. Music starts at 6:00 PM. Must be present to win 50/50 Raffle and Prizes.


OneForest is now on AmazonSmile! We receive a small percent of amazon purchased made through our Smile account.

Gift Fair @ Mad River Brewery 12-18-2016

OneForest Foundation will be tabling in Blue Lake at the Mad River Brewery Gift Fair on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

The event features local and handmade gifts from throughout Humboldt County. We will have calendars and t-shirts for sale, as well as info about OneForest initiatives. Come join us for a pint and presents!

What: Humboldt Gift Fair
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12:00-5:00PM
Where: Mad River Taproom, 101 Taylor Way, Blue Lake, CA
Who: You and your friends and family
Why: To support local businesses and OneForest environmental programs

Also, OneForest will be raising money for Rainforest Conservation at a Pints-for-Nonprofit event on Wednesday, January 18 at the Mad River Tap Room. $1 for every pint sold all day will go to the cause, and a 50/50 raffle will be held at 8:00 PM.

photo contest winners

Thanks for all of those who participated in O.F.F.’s first photo contest. We had fun with it and can see there is a lot of artistic talent in this area. We appreciate everyone that helped us get the word out there, and for the O.F.F. members that participated in judging the competition. It was not easy to decide, but we are proud to announce the winners below. Each winner will receive a free calendar by mail.

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January: Lauren Iannacone
February: Mark Herse
March: Mike Anderson
April: Casey Allen
May: Leslie Scopes Anderson (Cover)
June: John Blake Batten
July: Anjelica Yee
August: Diego Arevalo
September: Angel Ruiz
October: Tyler Whiteside
November: Jennifer Torres
December: Bob Long

Congratulations to the winners!

Calendars feature “gardening by the moon” inserts with all moon phases marked and recommended crops that grow well in Humboldt County. They are now on sale for $15 each. Get one for you and your family and friends by emailing us, donating to the GoFundMe, on Etsy, or look for them at local vendors throughout Humboldt County. All proceeds go toward environmental education leadership training programs for local students.

t-shirts for sale

O.F.F. t-shirts are now available on Etsy or email for local pick-up.

Basic Tee: $20 sizes S-XL (available now in white, but coming soon in black)
Women’s Tee: $25 sizes S-XL (coming soon in white or black)

Profits support environmental education leadership.

Redwood clones share water and nutrients from their root systems, in addition to mycelium threads that act as a kind of underground internet, linking the roots of different plants. This year’s tees feature this information superhighway and is just one more example of forest connections. OneForest.

OFF on GoFundMe

Here is our president’s story….

Colleen Spurlock here, Humboldt State University lecturer, coast redwood tissue culturist, and OneForest Foundation nonprofit president.OneForest Foundation’s mission is to protect and restore the planet’s forests and other natural ecosystems through environmental education. We are working to send a group of low-income Humboldt County, California students to an international environmental leadership training in Costa Rica. Visiting the jungles of Costa Rica can inspire students and is an amazing opportunity to learn about biodiversity and ecology, as well as learn about another culture and language.

The funds from our GoFundMe campaign will cover the environmental leadership program fees that include transportation, lodging, meals, and activities for the trip.

The students will travel over summer vacation 2017.

When I was 16, my high school (Ocean City High School, NJ) offered an international student trip to Costa Rica. I was so impressed and inspired by the plant diversity in the lowland rainforest that I decided I wanted to study tropical plants and genetics. I began to carry out this goal by attending the University of Kentucky, receiving a bachelor’s in 3 years in agricultural biotechnology. This was getting me in the direction of tropical plants, but not exactly. After graduating, I returned to study in Costa Rica for a year before beginning a graduate program at the University of California-Davis. I received my Master’s and in 2015 a PhD with a focus on Plant Breeding by studying the genetics of redwood trees and now supervise a coast redwood tissue culture lab. The redwood forest is a rainforest, but not the tropical rainforest I have been working toward since my school trip in high school. However, the education I have pursued has given me great opportunities to move toward tropical studies and environmental education. I am now a lecturer at Humboldt State University and working with a butterfly farm in Costa Rica, where I am beginning to study butterfly and host plant genetics, working to identify genes and their complements between the insect and their habitat forged by coevolution of the species. The butterfly farm (Osa Interactive Gardens, OIG) offers student group tours and I founded OneForest Foundation to combined the mission of OIG with environmental education leadership that I have begun to teach. Students on the trip will visit OIG on the Costa Rica tour and participate in butterfly activities such as tagging and trapping.

Please help send these low-income students on the trip of their lifetime, which has the potential to be a major influence and inspiration in their lives like it did for me.

In addition, if you are looking for a host organization for your school or club’s international trip, contact me.

We greatly appreciate any contribution you can make and thank you so much for your time.

Help spread the word!

Show your support by going to this link…

OneForest Foundation photo contest

Submit a photo of the beautiful forests and scenery in and around Humboldt county to by October 1st


The nature in Humboldt County inspires most of us. Submit a photo that inspires you featuring plants and nature in and around Humboldt. Photos will be used to make 2017 fundraising calendars to support Humboldt County students to attend an environmental education leadership training program (we are accepting school applications, check out Costa Rica tours and send us an email to learn more).

One photo submission per person to by October 1, 2016


  • 300 dpi or more preferred for to keep the quality in print
  • your name
  • address
  • brief photo description
  • if and where you are a student or faculty

Open to the general public, but preference to HSU and other Humboldt county students and faculty. 12 winners will receive a free calendar.

Check out the article on Channel 3 news!

By submitting an entry you certify that you took the photo and you agree to allow O.F.F (501 (c) (3)) to  print the photo in our 2017 calendar. Winners will be notified by October 15, 2016.

Mission and core values

OFF emphasizes personal responsibility to respect and consider the environmental impact of our day-to-day, carbon consuming lives. In a time when climate change caused by human activity is causing world-wide catastrophe and irreversible damage, it is more critical than ever to change the way we use energy and to understand the connection between the health of the environment and our survival as a human race. We emphasize the connectedness of each layer and dimension of a forest ecosystem, and how decisions made regarding the restoration or destruction of a forest in one place can have far-reaching and even global impact. Student that participate in our programs are trained in environmental education leadership and are given the knowledge and tools necessary to be environmental leaders for their peers and into the future. We collaborate with other organizations with similar goals and have become recognized as an effective partner on various projects.