Unlocking the potential in America’s family-owned forests
We empower family forest owners to make a meaningful conservation impact.
Together, we’re addressing our most pressing conservation challenges.
The potential in America’s family-owned forests has largely been undervalued.
The American Forest Foundation is an ambitious conservation organization.
The mission of the American Forest Foundation is to deliver meaningful conservation impact through the empowerment of family forest owners. Working together, we strive to cultivate the many conservation benefits family-owned forests provide—and demonstrate their value to American communities, companies and landowners alike.
What We Do
Increase Carbon Storage
America’s family-owned forests are vital in combating climate change.
Mitigate Catastrophic Wildfires
Forest owners have the power to help reduce the risk of wildfires.
Improve Wildlife Habitat
Managing our forests means caring for our most vulnerable wildlife.
Protect Clean Water
We need healthy forests to protect our nation’s water supply.
Increase Sustainable Wood Supplies
Family-owned forests play a major role in our nation’s wood supply.
Support Rural Communities
Supporting forestry means supporting rural American communities.
How We Do It
Working together, we’re tackling our most pressing conservation issues.
Tools & Support for Landowners
We’re connecting family forest owners to the resources they need.
Government actions can support both landowners and conservation.
Philanthropy & Giving
Your support helps empower America’s family forest owners.
Why We Do It
FourTee Acres: Connecting the Generations
Tyrone Williams squinted into the sun as he looked toward the newly planted tract of loblolly pines on his 62-acre property in Enfield, North Carolina. The air was fragrant with the trees’ scent. He thought about his ancestors and how they surely stood in this very same spot.
Outstanding Efforts to Restore Critical Habitat
The New family, David and Dar New, and their daughter’s family, Jennifer and Jeff Parker and their sons, are owners of the Nourse Family Tree Farm in Bellingham, Washington. The 165-acre property has been in Dar’s family for three generations.
Embracing Alabama's Longleaf
As a curious child and Eagle Scout in southeastern Alabama during the 1950s, Salem Saloom was surrounded by longleaf pine forests like the ones he and his wife, Dianne, and son, Patrick, now manage.
Planting Seeds for the Future of Family Forestry
Pride of ownership. That’s the driving force for Lois Kaufman and Dave McNamara as they steward their 53-acre property in Oak Run, California, about 30 miles northeast of Redding. They’ve both enjoyed long careers as foresters and mentored countless Tree Farmers.
Managing White Oaks During the Bourbon Boom
Bourbon’s popularity is on the rise around the United States. That means an equal rise in demand for white oak. Coopers use large, knot-free logs of this durable hardwood to make the barrels that give the spirit its rich flavors and amber hue.
From the Family Forest Blog
April 21, 2022
We’re Not Waiting Until Tomorrow
For many landowners, your land is your legacy. This Earth Day, we invite you to improve the overall health of your forest, help fight the global climate crisis and secure your legacy for generations to come.
March 3, 2022
Strength, Diversity & Welcoming Women into the Forest Sector
AFF’s Dawn Simmons reflects on her journey as a woman in the forest sector and encourages other women to join her in making the sector a welcoming space for everyone.
January 26, 2022
The Future Is Now
This month, Rita Hite put her boots on the ground as president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. She reflects on the optimism she’s feeling for the future of America’s family forest owners, AFF and our planet.