andrew2Andrew Schreiber, President, Trustee and Cemetery Steward, is a permaculture designer, teacher and craftsman – and a long time student of the wisdom teachings of east and west. Andrew considers the forest a classroom and cathedral, studio and sanctuary. As a Steward of the Windward Foundation, he is working to develop community-scale agro-ecological systems,  while exploring ways to expand and integrate plant, animal and human relations on Windward’s 131 acres. He has taken on much of the legal work of establishing Herland Forest as a cemetery, and looks forward to helping individuals and families find meaning and connection within the forest.

walt1Walt Patrick, Secretary and Trustee is a founding member and Senior Steward of the Windward Foundation. A chemist by training and thirty-year member of the community, he currently divides his time between transitioning Windward into the next generation of Stewards and researching the use of sunlight and woody-biomass to meet the energy needs of small, rural communities (biomass2methanol.org). Walt has long been interested in novel ways to support land conservation, and is drawn to the symmetry of using one’s death to preserve living systems.

Lindsay_Hagamen2Lindsay Hagamen, Trustee and Strategic Coordinator, has researched nutrient cycling in the terrestrial ecosystems of New Hampshire, Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Pacific Northwest, and hopes to extend her fascination with the processes that transform life from one form to another by leading fungi and micro-organism research in Herland Forest. She is a Steward of the Windward Foundation and community, where she grows vegetable gardens, propagates fruit trees, guides care of our state-recognized Stewardship Forest, and explores the surrounding lands on foot and bicycle.

Our Community Forest

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Herland Forest is managed by members of the Windward community, a 501(c)(3) education and research non-profit.

As a cooperative community more than thirty years in the making, Windward is working to demonstrate practical, human-scale technologies and integrated systems, while supporting one another in developing healthy, fulfilling lives. To learn more about Windward, check out our community blog, Notes from Windward.

Windward recognizes that Humans and their communities are integral parts of the natural world, and so we seek to integrate our needs and offerings with those of our home forest, composing a way of life in tune with the ecosystems that support us.

Establishing the Herland Forest is a natural outgrowth of Windward’s efforts to provide holistic alternatives for all stages of life, and an affirmation of commitment to our state-recognized Stewardship Forest.

A Forest Cemeterypic-about

Herland is situated at the edge of the Cascadian wilderness, on the southern slope of Mt. Adams, on a plateau carved out by the Klickitat River Canyon. The high prairies rise up from the Columbia River in the distance, with Mt. Hood standing prominently to the Southwest.

The twenty-acre Herland Forest lies at the transition between the moist mountain forests of Cascadia and the dry prairies to the East, and features mixed stands of Ponderosa pine, Douglas Fir and Oregon white oak.

The landscape is one of rolling hills, seasonal streams; forest and meadow wildflowers. The Forest is home to hawks, migratory songbirds, mule deer, coyote and more. Herland is bordered by the larger Windward woodland, as well as family-owned timber land and rural homesteads.

It’s a quiet place where wild meets rural, and all are bound to the seasonal cycles of life.

A Stewardship Forest

In meeting our physical needs, we search for meaningful and wholesome ways to live with the Earth. Through the path of stewardship we are called to create a lasting home, and are given an opportunity to connect with nature and our place within the wider community of life.

We are inspired by the magnitude of the task of creating a home, allowing that inspiration to be the soil in which our knowledge, love and compassion grow. We joyfully embrace the obligation to care for, listen to, and protect this bit of the Earth from which we draw our daily bread.

With Herland Forest we foster these values of stewardship, while rejoicing in the ancient cycle of life, death and renewal that is constantly occurring all around us.

More information on our stewardship philosophy is available on the Stewardship page.

A Research Forest

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Our ability to appropriately steward this land is predicated on keen observation and humility in the face of what we do not understand. So Herland Forest is dedicated to ever deepening our understanding of the processes that create and maintain this forest ecosystem and the processes through which a forest ecosystem can sustain a small human community.

The biological, geological and chemical characteristics of Herland Forest all impact and are impacted by each other in the fascinating story that has created the forest we now inhabit and the forest that future generations will inherit. We want to be able to tell this story.

With Herland Forest we seek to grow our understanding of the ancient cycle of life, death and renewal do that we can better honor it though our actions as stewards.

Herland Forests research focus and priorities are outlined in the Research section.