“Government policies must make it easier for landowners to continue to maintain their forests as forests.”
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, America's Great Outdoors 2010 listening session
If America's forest legacy is to continue, government policies must address the many challenges facing private forest owners who own most of America's forests. We owe a lot to America's family forest owners. Their stewardship helps provide all Americans with clean air, clean water, the wood products we use every day, places to hunt and fish, hike and find solace.
Family forest owners need tools to keep their forests healthy, and government policies can help or hinder their ability to do right by their land. The American Forest Foundation advocates on behalf of Tree Farmers in the American Tree Farm System, who are managing nearly 27 million acres of forestland. AFF also works to ensure more woodland owners are engaged in stewardship activities.
Looking for information about our fly in? We are taking a break for the 2014 election season, but we still need your help. See the information below for more ways to help advocate for family forests.