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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
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
Who Are We?
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 has researched and written about the
economy, ecology and politics of the
Masters degrees in both Communication and Education and is a Ph.D.
Communication. Her published articles and conference presentations
dedication to notions of sustainable planning for education and
communities. She presented her most recent paper, "The Right to Design:
Identity and the Imaginary" at the EASST (European Association for the Study of
Science and Technology) conference in
Knecht has worked in sustainable city planning and participatory community
design for seven years. She first became involved on the
Her most recent projects are: