Russell Tree Farm Restoration

Project Leads: Ricky Satomi, Justine Zeni

Sponsor: Cal Forestry Club

TGIF Grant: $2,000.00

Project Theme: Habitat Restoration

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Russell Tree Farm Restoration project will improve education opportunities and increase research access for undergraduate and graduate level students at UC Berkeley. Improving site conditions will increase classroom opportunities and expand areas available for research use. Restoration efforts will also promote ecosystem resilience of UC Russell Tree Farm property in the face of ongoing climate change and drought conditions.


  1. Fuel and mechanical hazard reduction to improve resiliency.
  2. Removal of non-native, invasive species.
  3. Structural and non-structural infrastructure development to increase available facilities for student use.
Project Updates

1.  Completed equipment maintenance and procurement.
2.  Completed coordination with campus representatives and utility companies to remove hazardous trees.
3.  Continuing fuel removal treatments and development of open recreational areas.
4.  Planned to have project completed by fall, ending with a public demonstration day to display results

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.