2023 Grantees

  • 2030, Inc
  • American Forests
  • Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
  • Aureus Earth, Inc.
  • Black Family Land Trust, Inc.
  • Blue Forest Finance
  • Bosland Growth LLC
  • Cascade Advisory, LLC
  • Center for Heirs Property Preservation
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Chainparency, Inc.
  • City of Franklin, VA
  • Climate Robotics
  • Coalitions & Collaboratives Inc.
  • Colorado State University
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Conservation Investment Management
  • Council of Great Lakes Governors, Inc.
  • Dovetail Partners
  • Dyme Agency
  • Environmental Policy Innovation Center
  • Ferguson Lynch LLC
  • Florida State University
  • Fountainworks
  • Georgia Sentinel Landscape Partnership
  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation
  • Gordian Knot Strategies
  • Hill Country Alliance–Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape
  • Impact by Design
  • Impact Finance Center
  • Incos Strategies
  • JBO Conservation, LLC–Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape
  • Joint Base Lewis McChord Sentinel Landscape Partnership
  • Keeping Forests
  • Kodama Systems Inc.
  • Laura Calandrella Enterprises
  • Legacy Philanthropy Works
  • Limited Resources Landowners Education and Assistance Network
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Maine Mountain Collaborative
  • Mano y Ola
  • Marketing for Change
  • McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic Development
  • Michigan State University
  • Montana State University
  • Mount St. Helens Institute
  • Multiplier
  • Myles Gray Technical Consulting
  • National Forest Foundation
  • New Leaf Climate
  • North Carolina Coastal Federation
  • North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
  • Northern Forest Center
  • Oregon State University
  • PathHouse LLC
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Purdue University
  • Quantified Ventures
  • Resilient Rivers LLC
  • Resources for the Future, Inc
  • Restoration Fuels
  • Rhythm Interactive, LLC.
  • Roanoke Economic Development, Inc.
  • Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society
  • Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District
  • Save the Redwoods League
  • Sharp Insight, LLC
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Softwood Lumber Board
  • Source Water Collaborative
  • Southestern Partnership for Forests and Water
  • StarPoint Advisors, LLC
  • Tanbark Molded Fiber Products, Inc.
  • The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
  • The Conservation Law Center Inc.
  • The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)
  • The Freshwater Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Northbridge Group, Inc.
  • The Ohio State University
  • The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, Place of Business at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • The Sierra Fund
  • the University of Maine System acting through the University of Maine
  • Three Rivers Land Trust
  • Three Trees Consulting, LLC
  • Timber Age Systems
  • Trust to Conserve Northeast Forest Lands
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • University of Miami
  • University of Washington
  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Vireo Advisors, LLC
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.
  • Visible Network Labs
  • Wildpath
  • Winston County Self Help Cooperative
  • World Resources Institute

Reforesting Legacy Mine Lands

Developing market-based solutions to reforestation and forestry-focused natural climate solutions is vital to creating a bright forestry future. That’s why the Endowment supports partners like Bosland Growth, who is spearheading an approach that restores legacy mine lands in Appalachia.


With grants and loans from the Endowment, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bosland Growth’s Legacy Mine Land Restoration Initiative leverages ecosystem markets, primarily through carbon offset credit sales and federal grant funds, to enable upfront project financing. The company pays 100% of the cost of reforesting previously mined areas and pays landowners a per acre fee for a permanent easement on enrolled lands. This results in net-new, high-quality carbon credits that are in demand for companies to meet Net Zero targets.

The pilot project focuses on 1,300 acres in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Benefits include increased property values, reduced sediment runoff and improved water filtration, hunting and recreation, habitat for declining species, and increased carbon sequestration. Once completed, the pilot project is estimated to sequester the carbon equivalent to removing emissions from 38,000 vehicles per year.


Preparing Plan B: A Guidebook for Forest Industry-Reliant Communities Facing Economic Transition

In response to the critical need for proactive strategies in forest industry-reliant communities facing economic challenges, in 2023 Endowment made additional investment in Preparing Plan B: A Guidebook for Forest Industry-Reliant Communities Facing Economic Transition. This comprehensive guidebook serves as a beacon of guidance and empowerment, assisting communities heavily dependent on a single dominant employer in preparing for economic shifts and growing the collective agency required to shape a desired future.


SFLR: A Leading Voice for African American Forest Landowners

For 10 years, the Endowment and the American Forest Foundation administered the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Network (SFLR.) Now the members have agreed to incorporate as a standalone non-profit organization to better serve as a leading voice for African American landowners.


Expanding Our Impact

Through a collaboration with the consulting group Gordian Knot Strategies, the Endowment launched an impact investing program with the intent to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact while also earning a financial return.

In 2023, three pilot impact investing projects were awarded:


Creating Equitable Workplaces So All Can Benefit From Forests

In 2023, the Endowment led the formation of the U.S. Forest and Wood Products Inclusion Council. The Council’s vision is to create equitable workplaces where people feel valued, safe, and that they belong, so that all people can sustain and benefit from forests. The 19-member Council, representing all facets of the forest sector, has aligned on a National Action Plan to:

Initiate a research and survey process to comprehend workforce challenges and diversity barriers within the sector.

Launch a series of Learning Labs to share diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices from forestry industry leaders.

Convene DEI practitioners, advocates, and champions from within the sector to build a community of practice around strengthening the sector workforce.

The Council invites the forest community to explore, learn, and drive positive change to shape a diverse workforce for the future of forestry.



Forest Carbon Product Performance

The Endowment is advancing forestry’s future by leading coalitions to address key issues, including a project to monitor, measure, report, and verify forest and forest product carbon performance using a digital platform. This effort aims to validate carbon claims, encourage investments, and highlight the carbon-saving potential of using wood over carbon-intensive materials. Key collaborators include the American Forest Foundation, American Wood Council, Decorative Hardwoods Association, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association and the USDA Forest Service.


Pioneering Transparency in the Forest Supply Chain

New technologies can streamline sustainable forest management for a better forest future. ForesTrust, LLC, is a groundbreaking venture and collaboration between the Endowment, Chainparency, and consortium members. It uses blockchain technology to support a secure and efficient forest product and fiber supply chain.


Future Forest Economy Initiative

The Endowment helps shape the future of forestry by bringing together public and private partners to develop new markets for forest products. Using a $3 million Congressional appropriation to the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Endowment partnered with the Northern Forest Center to launch the Future Forest Economy Initiative to increase production, commercialization, and use of wood products in the Northeast and New York,