The American Forest Foundation® (AFF) works on-the-ground with families, teachers and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage. A commitment to the next generation unites our nationwide network of forest owners and teachers working to keep our forests healthy and our children well-prepared for the future they will inherit.
AFF works nationwide and in partnership with local, state and national groups to provide hands-on support for America’s 10 million family forest owners, giving them the tools they need to manage healthy and sustainable woodlands.
Clean air, clean water, habitat for wildlife, wood for sustainable building, good-paying rural jobs, and nature for hiking, hunting and fishing – all come from family forests. And AFF’s sustainable woodland system helps more than 89,000 family forest owners meet stringent third-party standards for managing nearly 27 million acres of forestland.
To grow the next generation of leaders ready to inherit America’s natural legacy, AFF also works with tens of thousands of teachers each year, giving them a peer-reviewed, award-winning environmental education curriculum. In an era where more and more children are disconnected from nature, over 500,000 teachers nationwide have been trained in this curriculum, opening a door to America’s outdoor heritage. Thanks to these efforts, 75 million students have learned how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues.
The American Forest Foundation grows stewardship every day.