Because forests are one of our society's most valued resources, it is imperative that we take measures to protect forest ecosystems and the resources within. The National Wildlife Federation has a number of initiatives underway to ensure forests are well-protected and that future generations will be able to enjoy the many benefits provided by forests. These benefits include clean air and water, food, shelter, energy, medicine, biodiversity, and the cycling of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The Alabama Longleaf Restoration on Private Lands project is receiving funding from Southern Company through their National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership to expand the range of longleaf pine throughout the Southeast. This funding has provided the National Wildlife Federation and its affiliate, the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the opportunity to work with landowners to plant and restore longleaf pine on over 5,300 acres of private land in Alabama. The National Wildlife Federation is also part of the regional Longleaf Pine Partnership Council, a large working group of organizations and agencies that collaborate to support longleaf pine restoration efforts throughout the historic range.
The National Wildlife Federation and Alabama TREASURE Forest Association established an Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) group certificate in 2011 to provide a local source of sustainable wood products, the first of its kind in the Southeast. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by creating rigorous standards that promote best forest management and timber marketing in the industry.
The National Wildlife Federation assists in helping regional communities by increasing the economic benefits of forests through effective management practices and restoration efforts. The National Wildlife Federation engages in ongoing efforts to provide education and outreach that is necessary for landowners to manage their forested land using best practices, as well as to build local wealth in communities. We also have a strong commitment to serve small, underserved, and minority landowners with our outreach and support efforts.
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