Gamble Family Vineyards heads up Napa County regeneration programme
Tom Gamble, owner of Gamble Family Vineyards, has announced the launch of Million Trees Napa, a non-profit programme designed to improve the health and resilience of Napa County forests.
Million Trees Napa — launched in collaboration with Anna Chouteau, Jon-Mark Chappellet and the Napa County Resource Conservation District (Napa RCD) — is currently raising funds with plans to begin programming in early 2023.
Gamble said of the launch: “The devastation of the recent wildfires, coupled with droughts and other climate change effects, inspired us to work with our community to improve the long-term health of Napa County’s forests, from urban areas to farmlands and wild spaces.”
He emphasised the importance of “[taking] care of our forests for future generations”, especially in a country home to “an unusually diverse array of forest habitats”.
“Million Trees presents an opportunity to make a major impact, providing a resource for community members who want to act but don’t know where to start,” he added.
Million Trees Napa has two overarching goals: to increase the community tree canopy; and to provide environmental education to inspire sustained action and a culture shift regarding the community’s relationship with surrounding forests.
The programme aims to take a science-based approach to plant tree varieties in optimal plots, and the advisory committee hopes to use Napa County as a case study for new technologies and methods of environmental restoration.
Gamble Family Vineyards has contributed US$20,000 to the Napa County programme thus far.
Additionally, Gamble’s latest winemaking venture, The Mill Keeper wines, will also support the efforts of the project. The range has been created with the use of multi-vintage red and white varieties that are sourced from lesser-known California vineyards.
“Ultimately our hope is that Million Trees Napa will be something that this community can continue to develop for generations to come, a project that will promote climate and fire resiliency, offer people the opportunity to meaningfully connect with nature and enhance urban forestry in a rapidly-changing Napa Valley,” Gamble added.