National Forest Foundation
About the National Forest Foundation
Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore and enhance America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF enhances wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds, and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans. The NFF’s Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences national conservation campaign is uniting public and private partners to conduct large-scale forest and watershed restoration and revitalize ecosystem resiliency in iconic National Forest System sites around the nation.
National Forest Foundation Mission and Programs
Founded by Congressional charter in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. The NFF meets conservation needs across our National Forests by uniting concerned communities, organizations and individuals. The result adds up to thousands of acres protected and revitalized, ensuring clean water, vital wildlife habitat, and quality recreation resources for all Americans.
Working through a combination of on-the-ground conservation initiatives, grant programs and technical assistance, the NFF involves communities in caring for their local forests and watersheds. With more than 400 local partner organizations and 75,000 volunteers, the NFF has completed more than 1,300 projects. In the process, we have leveraged every $1 of federal funding into nearly $4 in forest stewardship work through financial leverage, volunteer contributions, and collaboration. Across the National Forest System, our completed projects include watershed and fisheries restoration, tree-planting on burned forest lands, improvement of outdoor recreation resources, and wildlife habitat enhancement. These projects benefit local citizens by ensuring communities can realize the many ecological, economic and social values of vibrant forests. Our Treasured Landscapes campaign is adding to this program of work with 14 large-scale restoration projects in ecologically valuable places throughout our National Forest system, ranging from Alaska to Colorado to Florida.
Our constituency covers the broad spectrum of Americans who love and depend on our National Forests. More than 3,400 communities and 123 million Americans get their water from National Forests. These lands host more than 200 million visits each year by people enjoying the diverse hiking, camping, fishing, skiing and other recreational opportunities available. And our forests support hundreds of thousands of jobs in local communities across the nation. There are numerous ways for individuals to get involved, including by becoming a Friend of the Forest at www.friendsoftheforest.org.