National Forest Foundation

Meet our tree-planting team

The NFF’s Tree Planting team works closely with our supporters - corporations, individuals and small businesses - and our partners at the U.S. Forest Service to build partnerships that plant trees to restore our National Forests. We listen closely to our supporters interests, and craft partnerships that celebrate their commitment and our impact together. We take pride in providing responsive and personable support for our partners and supporters.

Wes Swaffar

Director, Reforestation and Partnerships

Wes leads our tree planting team and brings 13 years of experience in resource conservation, including the last seven focused specifically on reforestation and partnerships. Wes started his career in conservation working on two different National Forests, then got a M.S in Environmental Science and Policy, where he focused specifically on partnerships to support forest restoration. Wes leads up our 50 Million for Our Forests campaign to generate funding and raise awareness to address reforestation needs on our National Forest. Wes believes that National Forests are one of America’s best ideas, and is continually inspired by the power of partnerships and what we can do together to improve our National Forests. When not working in support of National Forests, Wes can be found exploring local National Forests by foot, bike, paddle or ski.

“By building partnerships, we achieve a result that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s inspiring to see so many of our generous supporters step up and help us address reforestation need on our National Forests.”

Contact Wes if you are interested in a custom or national corporate partnership.


Monica Perez-Watkins

Tree Planting Coordinator

Monica supports the NFF's 50 Million for Our Forests campaign through corporate partnership support, communications, development, and program management. She has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit environmental and wildlife work, and an M.S. in Environmental Studies, focusing on community-based conservation. She is thrilled to support reforestation efforts on our National Forests and loves learning new things about our forests, writing on topics that help our partners connect to our projects and elucidate the need for our campaign. She also enjoys connecting with new and existing corporate partners and helping them positively affect our forests, the people, and wildlife who benefit from their efforts. In her off hours, Monica enjoys soaking up the Montana sunshine on the water and in the woods with her family, and curling up with a good book.

“It’s great to connect with and get to know our partners. I appreciate learning about the different reasons they are interested in planting trees on our National Forests - from customer engagement to internal initiatives – every partnership is unique yet provides substantial benefits for our forests.”

Contact Monica if you are interested in a beginning to mid-level corporate partnership.


Britt Holewinski

Tree Planting Associate

As the Tree Planting Associate, Britt supports small businesses partnerships and our peer–to-peer fundraisers as part of the NFF’s 50 Million for Our Forests campaign. Britt brings several years of working in nonprofit organizations and most recently worked to support municipal zero waste initiatives. Britt has an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy, and is excited to be working in conservation and public lands. Outside of work, Britt is probably outside on our public lands. Hiking, camping, rafting, backpacking, and climbing are some of her favorite ways to explore.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to help small businesses and individuals make a huge impact on our National Forests and their ecosystems.”

Contact Britt if you are interested in a small business partnership, or have questions about peer-to-peer fundraising.