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Reaching a wider audience than ever before, the National Forest Foundation’s work continues to address the challenges facing America’s National Forests and Grasslands.

NFF Celebrates 2012 Achievements

Treasured Landscapes restoration work continues

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Reaching a wider audience than ever before, the National Forest Foundation’s work continues to address the challenges facing America’s National Forests and Grasslands. This past year, the NFF continued work throughout the country on our Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences campaign, surpassed  4 million trees planted, and saw substantial growth of our numbers of friends through social media channels. As the ranks of NFF supporters grow, so does our capacity to better support local and regional partners for on-the-ground restoration for the benefit of our public lands. 

The wide-wide reaching conversation work achieved in 2012 includes:

  • The NFF awarded 162 grants to local conservation organizations to engage their communities in direct on-the-ground restoration projects on their local National Forests. Grantee groups hail from around the country and involved more than 10,500 local volunteers in improving and caring for their National Forests.
  • The NFF organized 18 Friends of the Forest® Days events, getting 873 volunteers actively engaged in forest restoration activities, and tallying an impressive 3,966 hours restoring our National Forests.

  • The NFF continued large-scale restoration work on Treasured Landscapes conservation campaign sites around the country, with results including:
    • The first return of fish to Trail Creek on the Pike National Forest since the Hayman Fire of 2002.
    • A six-week high school work program for urban youth from Chicago on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
    • The destruction of seven old ammunition bunkers o Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, making way for new prairie restoration. 
    • Continued streamside restoration along the Metolius River and Whychus Creek in Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest, even as the first returning native salmon began to make their way back to these historic habitats.
    • Planted thousands of longleaf pine seedlings on the Ocala National Forest in Florida. 
    • Enhanced wildlife habitat for elk, turkeys and other species on the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. 
    • Implemented watershed restoration activities on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to benefit native wild salmon. 

Over the course of the last 11 years, the NFF and our collaborating partners have accomplished measurable results that include:

  • Nearly 1,400 stewardship projects completed.
  • Leveraging of more than $29 million with $88 million in matching support to achieve $118 million in on-the-ground conservation investments.
  • 9,035 miles of trail work.
  • 1,263,716 volunteer hours donated.
  • 4,135,102 trees and shrubs planted.
  • 3,056 miles of stream surveyed or restored.
  • 72,405 acres of noxious weeds treated.
  • 50,951 acres of wildlife habitat restored or maintained.
  • 23,309 youth employed or engaged in National Forest projects.

The NFF has also actively facilitated capacity building for grass-roots conservation at the local level, as well as the formation of collaborative groups, which bring local stakeholders together to solve natural resource issues. Since 2001, the NFF has supported 130 capacity-building processes, 64 new collaboratives, and 42 existing collaboratives, while 235 representatives of these groups have participated in NFF capacity-building and training workshops. 

The NFF’s tree-planting program and Carbon Capital Fund continue to grow with the support of corporations, individuals and small businesses. Since the programs began in 2007, we have planted more than 4 million trees – from American chestnuts in West Virginia to Engelmann spruce in Colorado. The NFF also developed a new carbon demonstration project on the San Juan National Forest with contributions from individuals and small businesses. In addition to the reforestation efforts through the Carbon Capital Fund, the NFF’s tree-planting program reforested important landscapes in New Mexico, Montana, Arizona, Oregon, Florida, Idaho, California, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition to providing the next generation of Americans with beautiful forests for recreation and relaxation, these trees will sequester carbon, support important wildlife habitat, decrease air pollution, and protect important watersheds.

The NFF is already poised for another big year in 2013 thanks to the generous support of our corporate, foundation and individual donors. “With the expansion of our tree-planting initiatives and partnerships as well as the continued work on Treasured Landscapes conservation campaign sites, in 2013 the National Forest Foundation will continue to perpetuate the many forest values that benefit our families, our communities and our nation,” said NFF President Bill Possiel. 

NFF Specialists

Mary Mitsos

Vice President, Conservation Programs 
NFF conservation programs, community-based conservation

Greg Peters

Director of Communications
NFF conservation programs and events, community-based conservation

Wes Swaffar

Ecosystem Services Program Manager
Tree-planting & Carbon Capital Fund programs 

Vance Russell

Director, California Program 
NFF programs in CA 

Adam Liljeblad

Director of Conservation Awards
Grants and grant programs