More than four decades ago, Asmuth, a St. Helena resident, visited the Big Basin State Park and fell in love with the Redwood. Eventually, he relocated to California, and based on a town of Graton’s effluent irrigation project in Northern California, he approached the then-mayor of St. Helena with a proposal.
He requested he be allowed to use a fallow spray field next to the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to grow Redwoods that could be sustained by the effluent released there by the plant . The city approved, and in 2012, after a failed first attempt, Asmuth planted 300 Redwood seedlings that today stand 30 feet tall.
With Napa County RCD and the Natural Resources Conservation Service serving as partners, Asmuth and other leaders plan for the grove to grow across 10 acres of fallow land and become the Napa Valley Community Forest.