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COVID-19 Update from NFF President Mary Mitsos


As you are well aware, we are in unprecedented times. As the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to impact communities across the country and around the world, our thoughts are with our community members, healthcare professionals, and others affected during this challenging time.

At the National Forest Foundation, we are working daily to do our part to slow the spread of the virus, closely following guidance from government and health authorities. We support everyone who is doing the same, and we are grateful for their efforts. We would also like to extend our appreciation to those who are continuing to provide essential functions to keep us safe, fed, and comfortable during this difficult time.

To help stop the spread of infection, we have paused work-related travel and implemented remote work for all employees who can do so. Across the NFF, we are postponing our events and stand behind other event organizers who are making tough decisions to protect the health of our communities. These decisions come with adverse financial consequences for our partners and us, but we know the health of our nation is much more critical.

We will not know the human and economic impact of this global pandemic for quite some time. Facing this significant challenge makes us even more committed to supporting the health of our National Forests and communities.

For many, the great outdoors and our public lands are a source of positivity during these challenging times. We encourage those who are choosing to get outside to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and for staying well. We need all of us to be in this together.

Thank you for your continued support and please stay well,


Mary Mitsos
President & CEO