We are a catalyst for innovation that invigorates forest-rich, rural communities by keeping working forests as forests for all of their environmental, societal, and economic benefits and values.
As the nation’s largest public charity dedicated to keeping our working forests working and ensuring their bounty for current and future generations, we deploy the creativity and power of markets to advance our mission.
Our Mission: The Endowment works collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities.
Our History: The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. is a not-for-profit public charity. It was established September 21, 2006, at the request of the governments of the United States and Canada in accordance with the terms of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the two countries.
Our Vision: America’s forests are sustainably managed to meet broad societal objectives such as marketable products, clean waters, wildlife habitats and other ecological services while ensuring healthy and vibrant forest-reliant communities.
Supported by the Endowment and produced by Mila Alvarez, State of America’s Forests is an online multimedia guide that helps users explore the many benefits that forests provide, understand challenges facing this renewable resource, and learn about forest management and conservation. The guide includes modules that provide detailed information on forest benefits, threats, and stewardship. The interactive website provides information on fire; the role forests play in providing clean water; the threat of forest insects and diseases; invasive plants; invasive animals; and much more.