American Forest Foundation

We grow stewardship every day.

aka AFF   |   Washington, DC   |  www.forestfoundation.org

Mission

AFF sees a future in which we overcome our most pressing conservation challenges by working together with family forest landowners, conservationists, corporations, community-based organizations and policymakers. We intentionally engage across racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and other groups. Together, we’re decreasing carbon in our atmosphere, cleaning our air and water, protecting wildlife habitat, supporting rural communities, providing sustainable wood supplies, mitigating devastating wildfires, and supporting local economies.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Tom Martin

Main address

2000 M Street NW Suite 550

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-1235124

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Across the U.S., forests are facing critical challenges that must be addressed if we are to continue to have the clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and wood supply that all Americans count on. Family forest owners, who have a passion for conservation, can help. That’s why the American Forest Foundation (AFF) is working with partners on conservation projects in the most critical landscapes where intervention is needed. Taking on the biggest issues, these partnerships are working to significantly increase the number of family and private landowners actively managing their woodlands to ensure the health of these forests and the resources they provide.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

American Tree Farm System (ATFS)

The American Tree Farm System works to give people the tools they need to be effective stewards of America's forests. Privately owned woodlands are vital to our country's clean water and air, wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and producing the jobs, wood, and paper products we all need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Today, small family forest owners are left out of current carbon markets that would make it possible for them to bring in income to support good forest management, sequestering more carbon from our forests. The Family Forest Carbon Program is a new approach to a forest carbon project designed specifically for owners of small forest parcels.

Population(s) Served

Protecting clean water is an urgent and pressing issue in the West, especially given the growing population and agriculture need in the region. Healthy forests are key to this supply, acting as a natural water filter and storage system, keeping water clean, regulating stream flow and reducing flooding. But insect epidemics, frequent droughts and over grown forests are causing catastrophic wildfires to strain these forested watersheds and the water supply that comes from them.

But contrary to popular thinking, this is not just a public lands issue. More than one-third of the forests in critical drinking water watersheds that are at a high risk to wildfire, are privately owned.

AFF is working to help private landowners in these critical watersheds to restore forest health, through conservation projects with partners.

Population(s) Served

The South’s forests rank at the top in biodiversity and number of wildlife species in the world. But today, many of these species are under pressure due to years of conversion of forests to non-forest uses, to fragmented waterways, natural fire suppression and an influx of invasive species. In fact, there are more than 500 at-risk wildlife species in this region. Since families and individuals own most of the forest habitat on which those species depend for food and shelter, their efforts to protect and enhance that habitat are key to improving at-risk wildlife’s chances of survival. AFF is working closely with family landowners in the Southeast to measurably and verifiably improve habitat for at-risk and listed species unique to the region.

Population(s) Served

The White Oak Initiative, led by AFF and including partners within many governmental agencies and partners across many sectors most notably the wine and spirts sector, works to ensure the long-term sustainability of America’s white oak and the economic, social and conservation benefits derived from white oak dominated forests. White oak is critical to many wildlife species, and to industries making forest products such as furniture, flooring, cabinetry, barrels for wine and spirits, as well as for recreational activities like hunting, generating billions of dollars to local economies throughout the white oak region. White oak is widespread, with a range of approximately 104 million forestland acres. It is a cornerstone species from southwest Maine to northern Florida, from Wisconsin to Alabama, covering most of the Eastern United States. Saplings and small trees are more reliable sprouters than large-diameter trees.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated 2012

GreatNonprofits

4-Star Rating 2011

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Build a national movement of landowners – 200,000 strong – who are actively caring for their woods to protect the clean water, wildlife habitat and sustainable wood their forests provide in order to:
--Double the number of acres of healthy, resilient family-owned forests
--Ensure the 22 million Americans in the West have cleaner water by reducing wildfire risks and creating more ecologically-resilient family woodlands
--Protect and enhance habitat on family woodlands for more than 300 at-risk species
--Increase sustainable wood supplies from family woodlands while protecting and enhancing habitat for at-risk species
--Increase the awareness of the role of family forests in delivering the benefits these lands provide and engage family forest owners in forest stewardship and in producing these outcomes.

Financials

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American Forest Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathryn Fernholz

Clint Bentz, CPA

Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, LLC

John Burke

Connie Best

Managing Director, Pacific Forest Trust

Kenneth Stewart

Shorna Broussard Allred

Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

Wanda Barrs

Judd Brooke

Frank Gallagher

Administrator, New Jersey Department of Parks and Forestry

David Gray

EVP, Mill & Timber Products Ltd.

Steve Quarles

Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

Sara Vickerman

Senior Director, Biodiversity Partnerships Defenders of Wildlife

Sally Collins

Owner, Sally Collins, LLC

Nat Frazer

College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

Rick Holley

President and CEO, Plum Creek Timber Company

James Buzzard

President, MeadWestvaco Corporation

Daniel Beard

Tom Gideon

Weyerhaeuser Company

Tom Beall

Managing Director, Global Social Marketing Practice, Ogilvy Public Relations

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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