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Partnership Feature | Growing Communities Through Forestry

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  Forestry partnership help minority families retain land.  
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Learn More about the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities | Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention.

Learn More about the Alabama Forestry Commission | Established as a state agency in 1924, the mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is three-fold: to Protect the Forests from all harmful agents; to Service and Help Landowners to carry out responsible forest management on their property, using professional technical assistance so as to benefit themselves, their land and society; and to Educate the General Public about the value of our forests in insuring both a healthy economy and environment. We do this in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.

Learn More about the Federation of Southern Cooperatives | The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is a 48-year old organization focused on building prosperity for African American farmers, landowners and communities across the American South.  The Federation develops cooperatives and credit unions as a collective strategy to create economic self-sufficiency and works to preserve African American land tenure.  With this program, the Federation is expanding its work with African American forest owners to increase forest health and profitability and focusing its legal resources on resolving heirs’ property and encouraging estate planning.  Its partners include:  AL NRCS, Alabama Forestry Commission, Forester Consultant Freddie Davis, National Wildlife Federation, Longleaf Partnership Council, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Tuskegee University, Auburn University, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.

Region:  West Alabama counties:  Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, Wilcox, and Dallas.

Learn More about LRLEAN | The Limited Resource Landowner Education and Assistance Network (LRLEAN) is an association of African American landowners organized to promote increased sustainable forestry management in the Black Belt region of Alabama.  Through a strong partnership with Alabama NRCS, LRLEAN has connected many Black landowners to USDA financial assistance programs.  It is also working with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative/Tree Farm program to gain sustainability certification for African American Landowners.  Its key partners include:  AL NRCS, USDA Farm Service Agency, Alabama Forestry Commission, the United Christian Community Association, the National Wildlife Federation, National Network of Forest Practitioners, Alabama A&M University/Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Treasure Forest Association/ Tree Farm, Mid Star (logging company), Forestry Consultant Freddie Davis, and the Marengo County Industrial Development Authority.

Region:  West Alabama counties:  Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox