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The Mendocino Institute was organized in the year 2000 by academics and community activists, as a not-for-profit research and educational center (“Community and Ecology”) on the North Coast of Mendocino County, California.

           Cal Winslow, Ph.D.
Board of Directors:
           Professor Iain Boal, Berkeley, CA.                                   
           Professor William Russell, San Francisco, CA.
           Dr. Cal Winslow, Mendocino County, CA.

           Deborah Victoroff.


The Future of Jackson Demonstration State Forest (55,000 acres of publicly owned redwood timberland in Mendocino County), with the Campaign to Restore Jackson State Forest.

A Needs Assessment of Affordable Housing on the North Coast, with MC4 (The Mendocino Coast Community Coordinating Council).
Community and Democracy: Mendocino, The Communal Experience (1965-1985),” a project in partnership with the Institute for International Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
“Watershed Management and Community Education”: a proposal for state funding submitted by the Mendocino Institute, with the Mendocino County Water Agency, the City of Fort Bragg, the College of the Redwoods, Mendocino High School and KRIS (Klamath River Information Service).
Ecological Monitoring of Remnant Coastal Plant
Communities in San Francisco, California. (with the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation).

Natural Regeneration Following Timber-Harvest in Coast
Redwood Forests in Big River State Park (with the Save the Redwoods League).
A Social and Environmental History the Redwood Forest (with the   
Environmental Politics Workshop, Institute of International Studies, UC             Berkeley. 

“Restoration and Management of Coast Redwood Forests: Jackson Demonstration State Forest,” College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast Campus, Fort Bragg, CA, November 4 and 5, 2000. (Conference Proceedings available on request).

“Affordable Housing on the Mendocino Coast,” College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Coast Campus, Fort Bragg, CA February 23, 2002,

“On Albion Ridge: Mendocino, The Communal Experience (1965-1985),” a Conference in partnership with the Institute for International Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Jug Handle Creek Farm, Caspar, CA, May 1, 2004.

“Country and City: The California Communal Experience,” a conference co-     sponsored with the Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley, December 11 and 12, 2004, Berkeley CA.

“West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California,” co-sponsored with the Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley. March 25, 2006, Berkeley, CA.

“The Crisis of the California Commons,” co-sponsored with the California Studies Association, The Commons Group and Heyday Books, Berkeley City College, April 27-29, 2007, Berkeley, CA.

“The Mendocino Coast: An Eco-Communitarian Conference,” presented by The Mendocino Institute in conjunction with the Commons Group, Retort and PM Press and with support from the Christensen Fund. February 18, 19, 20, 2011: Caspar Community Center, Caspar: CA and Jug Handle Farm Nature Center, Caspar, CA


Will Russell, “Ecology and Management of West Coast Redwoods,” in, Proceedings of the Conference on the Restoration and Management of Coast Redwood Forests: Jackson Demonstration State Forest,” Cal Winslow, ed. Mendocino Institute, Mendocino, CA 2001

Will Russell, Restoration of Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) Forests through Natural Recovery" in Open Journal of Forestry">, 2014. Vol.4, No.2, 106-111 Published Online February 2014 in SciRes (
Cal Winslow, ed, Affordable Housing on the North Coast, Issues and
Documents, Mendocino Institute and the Mendocino Coast Community Coordination Council, Mendocino, CA 2001
Cal Winslow, Mendocino Schools: “As Schools Go, So Goes the Town,”
Mendocino Beacon. December 11, 2003; “ Preventing the ‘First to Worst’ Syndrome, Mendocino Beacon, F ebruary 26, 2006;   "It's Time to do the Right Thing,” Mendocino Beacon, June 9, 2005

Lecture Series:

Iain Boal (Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley), “The New Gold Rush, A Critical Assay,” November 4, 2000.
Dean MacCannell (Professor of Environmental Design, UC Davis), “Tourism, Community and the Environment”, February 23, 2002
Minoo Moallem (Chair, Women’s Studies, San Francisco State University) “Whose Fundamentalism?” March 19, 2002
Ignacio Chapela (Professor of Biology, UC Berkeley), “Biopirates and the Corn People,” October 5, 2002

Susan Harman, (Oakland Public Schools), “High Stakes Testing:
Corporatism and the Public Schools,” January 19, 2003.
Pierre Labossiere (Haiti Action), “The United States and the Crisis in Haiti,” March 2004

Fernando Suarez del Solar (Guerrero Azteca Project), “My Son, Jesus, and the War in Iraq,” (co-sponsored with the Mendocino Community High School) October 2006.

Mendocino Retreats:

(In partnership with the Environmental Politics Workshop, Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, the Mendocino Institute hosts the Luce Fellows and Visiting International Scholars for a weekend of exchange with Mendocino County environmentalists and community activists).


June 20, 21,  2003

Amanda Hammar, Fellow, Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
John Roosa, author, Pretext for Mass Murder, The September 30th Movement and Suharto's Coup d'État in Indonesia (Wisconsin), Professor of South Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.

May 22, 23, 2004

Oronto Douglas (Environmental lawyer, Nigeria, Co-author, Where Vultures Feast (Verso).
Amita Baviskar (Visiting doctoral student (India), Geography Department, UC Berkeley)
Ike Okonta (Niger Delta Project, Nigeria, Co-author, Where Vultures Feast (Verso).

December 10 and 11: 2005

Marta Maria Gomes De Oliveira, an Environmental Analyst in the Secretariat of the Environment of the Federal District, Brasilia.

Luiz Fernando Macedo Bessa, Professor at Catholic University of Brasilia in Environmental Management and Planning Graduate Program.

Dianto Bachriadi is a member of the advisory board for KARSA Institute,  chairperson of the executive body for Consortium of Agrarian Reform and a member of Indonesia’s Ecolabeling Institute.

Mustofa Agung Sardjono is Director of the Center for Social Forestry, University of Mulawarman, Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Sofiri Joab-Peterside is a research fellow with the Centre for Advanced Social Science Port Harcourt, Nigeria, specializing in the promotion and protection of human rights and development of the Niger delta region of Nigeria.

Patterson Ogon is the Founding Director of the Ijaw Council for Human Rights and is Associate Director of Our Niger Delta.

December 16 and 17, 2006
Yomi Oruwari, a Professor of Architecture at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt Nigeria. Her areas of research interest include gender and development, especially studies of livelihoods directed at upliftment of the households in the Niger Delta Region (NDR) of Nigeria.

Elias Courson, lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Niger Delta University, and a member of the Executive Committee of OUR NIGER DELTA, in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta, an organization involved in research, conflict management, mediation and peace building.

Erwiza Erman, Lecturer in History at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Jakarta. She has been focusing her research on socio-economic and political aspects of mining sector including studies of the role of women in tin and coal mining.

Petrus Prasetyohadi, Indonesia (biographical information forthcoming).

Monica De Los Rios De Leal, Researcher in the Zoobotanical Park studying the evolution of land cover in the tri-national area of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Her work is part of the project, “Land use land cover changes in the tri-frontier area of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru: Implications for sustainable land use in southwestern Amazon."

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Mendocino, CA 95460
(707) 962-9213