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NHUDG is a nonprofit group under the 501(c)3 auspices of the Coastal Land Trust, which provides administrative support.

NHUDG Vision & Mission

With a reverence for the heritage of the North Coast and a vision for the possibilities of its future, the Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group endeavors to foster the planning and implementation of an integrative and viable natural restoration of the Georgia Pacific mill site in Fort Bragg, California. Following the Hanover Principles which includes creating long term value, eliminating waste and relying on natural energy flows, the group is dedicated to creating a diverse, multi-use public/private project that will serve as a model development for communities around the world. (See Resources for more on this research). We operate in an inclusive, non-confrontational, transparent manner using language and images that are understandable and appropriate.

As the specific planning process for the Noyo Headlands takes place, it is a crucial time for local citizens to be aware of and involved in the redesign. NHUDG intends to offer, through this web site, a centralized, information sharing and citizen gathering place. We intend to organize an educational campaign on the critical issues regarding the reuse of the mill site including holding a series of meetings with groups promoting various sustainable projects, energy-efficient design strategies, and green opportunities for the mill site redevelopment.

History of NHUDG

Over the past five years, the Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group (NHUDG) has worked to make sure the community is involved with decision making regarding reuse of the former Georgia Pacific mill site, in order to make the Noyo Headlands a model of development that nurtures the planet, the community and the local economy. The effort to create and implement a model environmental development on the Noyo Headlands mill site grew out of a series of public meetings held in the spring and summer of 2003, hosted by NHUDG's the citizens' group North Coast Action. Hundreds of people came together at Fort Bragg Town Hall and envisioned this site both restored to its natural habitat and developed using cutting-edge design solutions. They called for a plan based on William McDonough's Hannover Principles to serve the community culturally, economically and environmentally. Since 2003 NHUDG has been extensively involved in making this a reality.

Who Are We?

George Reinhardt

Passionate about the restoration of the Noyo Headlands, George Reinhardt is NHUDG's networking devotee.. Applauded by the Fort Bragg Advocate for his faithful civic participation, George has participated in more public meetings than any unelected person on the coast. He is a member of the Mendocino County Energy Working Group and has helped steer the Mendocino Coast Economic Outlook Conference toward themes of sustainability as well as spearheading the Mendocino Coast Native Plants Summit. He is helping with plans to create a Noyo Research Center to study the ecology from the headwaters to the sea. This will be a science and education center that will be of economic benefit to our entire region. George is an active member of a number of local nonprofits. He is a board member of Noyo Food Forest, an active grassroots nonprofit advocating for the increased production of local produce.  

Jim Tarbell

Jim Tarbell has researched and written about the economy, ecology and politics of the Northern California Coast for 30 years. He co-edited and published Ridge Review Magazine, a bio-regional journal covering Western Mendocino and Sonoma County, for fifteen years. From 1981 to 2000 he worked in the printing and publishing business as owner and operator of Black Bear Press and Ridge Times Press. He has written for numerous local publications, co-hosted the radio program Corporations and Democracy, and written two books on globalization and the American Empire. He has been president of the Mendocino Literacy Alliance as well as President of the Board of Mendocino Public Broadcasting Corporation, the license holder for KZYX&Z. For ten years he helped organize the Alliance for Democracy speaker series at Town Hall that featured experts on globalization, corporate power and local solutions. He is now editor of the publication Justice Rising for the Alliance for Democracy and is Vice Chair of the Mendocino Transit Authority. Jim was the lead writer and researcher for the NHUDG publication Noyo Headlands: From the Extraction Economy to the Restoration Economy, An Overview of the Fort Bragg Trade Area, Issues, History, Economics, Demographics, Community Involvement & Future Reuse of the Noyo Headlands. He is now involved in follow-up reports on the economics of various reuse possibilities for the Noyo Headlands.

Marie Judson-Rosier

Marie Judson-Rosier holds Masters degrees in both Communication and Education and is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication. Her published articles and conference presentations reflect dedication to notions of sustainable planning for education and communities. She presented her most recent paper, "The Right to Design: Computer Skills, Identity and the Imaginary" at the EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology) conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. She helped produced a conference on “The Infrastructures of Digital Design: Thinking/Building/Living,” which drew guests from all over the world to discuss the social and environmental impacts of scientific and technological change. She designs and maintains web sites that act as public forums for nonprofits such as Noyo Food Forest's www.noyofoodforest.org and is overseeing the redesign of the NHUDG website, making it a  center for information on regenerating the coastal environment of Fort Bragg, California. She will be actively participating in building public awareness of NHUDG activities and gathering community momentum and involvement in decision making for the future of the coastal area. Marie is currently teaching communication courses at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. You can contact her at marie-judson@redwoods.edu

Carey Knecht

Carey Knecht has worked in sustainable city planning and participatory community design for seven years. She first became involved on the North Coast when Caspar was planning its town center. She was the primary author of our first report The Noyo Headlands: Design Strategies for a Sustainable Future. She now works as the Policy Research Director for the Greenbelt Alliance, where she coordinates research about the benefits of smart growth, open space protection, and livable communities. She received a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley and previously studied environmental biology at Yale University. She led an urban forest restoration in Ecuador and spent a summer at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina studying permaculture and how to integrate community infrastructure with ecological systems. She is on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

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