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.

During this transition, the Network will hire its first Executive Director while the Endowment will provide coordination and fiscal management services. Network members will continue to operate as independent organizations, offering a variety of services in their respective geographic locations.

SFLR has assisted over 2,200 landowners, collectively owning 110,000+ acres of forests, providing legal services and forest conservation plans to landowners across the Southeast. Key supporters include the JPB Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Rauschenberg Foundation, the American Forest Foundation, USDA Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

SFLR Network members celebrating 10-year anniversary with Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack (left to right) John Littles, Executive Director of McIntosh SEED; Alton Perry, SFLR Program Director- Roanoke Cooperative; Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack; Ebonie Alexander, Executive Director of the Black Family Land Trust.