United States Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.

aka U.S. Endowment; and The Endowment   |   Greenville, SC   |  www.usendowment.org

Mission

Vision: America's forests are sustainably managed to meet broad societal objectives such as marketable products, clean waters, wildlife habitats and other ecological services, while ensuring healthy and vibrant forest-reliant communities.

Mission: The Endowment works collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation's working forests and forest-reliant communities.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Mr. Carlton Owen

Main address

908 East North St.

Greenville, SC 29601 USA

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EIN

20-5583324

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One-third of America is blanketed by forests. Those forests provide a wide array of environmental, social, and economic benefits from providing the drinking water needs of 2 of 3 people every day to providing the most renewable and sustainable of raw materials from which to meet human needs for housing and a multitude of other products. While forest acreage has been relatively stable since 1900, projections are that more than 40 million acres may be lost, primarily to development, over the next 40 years. If we are to retain forests for all of their benefits we must work with landowners -- both public and private -- to keep those forests as forests.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forest Health Initiative

The Endowment will focus work in three broad initiatives: 1. Retention and restoration of working forests; 2. Advancing and capturing value streams to benefit forest owners and communities; and 3. Aiding in development of community capacity and leadership in forest-reliant communities.

 

The Forest Health Initiative will assess the scientific, social and regulatory potential of biotechnology as a tool to address forest health issues.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Endowment created a $4,000,000 initiative to link upstream water producers -- forest landowners -- with downstream water consumers.  Pilot work in three watersheds -- Philadelphia, Raleigh and Charlottesville, VA -- are showing that conservation of working forests can be a sound and cost-effective strategy to protect and manage water.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service, the Endowment created the Woody Biomass Joint Venture Fund to identify and advance promising technologies that will provide new markets for low-value wood and promote family-supporting jobs in rural communities while reducing dependence on foreign energy.  The $4,000,000 initiative is working primarily through Program Related Investments to aid small businesses.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of commodity check-offs created and total annual assessments that result to promote products and research

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2011 -- Softwood lumber producers voted to create $15 million/year research and promotion program; 2013 -- Paper producers voted to create $25 million/year research and promotion program

Number of easements and acres included in the conservation easement database

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By 2016 the National Conservation Easement database included was the most comprehensive sources of easements -- 126,000+ covering more than 25,000,000 acres

Scientific advances that could be deployed to advance forest health

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Forest and Forest Products Research and Development in the U.S. in the 21st Century issued a report on the state of forestry research with emphasis on federal investment.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Endowment invests to: 1) keeping working forests as forests; and, 2) to advance family-wage jobs in rural, forest-rich communities. While we are blessed with millions of acres of forests in public ownership, the largest slice of the nation's forests are owned by individuals and families. Whether public or privately owned, markets for the full range of products that forests produce are vital to supporting forest health and retention and ensuring that those forests support the needs of rural communities nested within them.

The Endowment's theory of change is based upon three reinforcing strategies: 1) retaining healthy working forests; 2) generating value streams from forests for their owners and communities; and, 3) ensuring that communities nested within or near forests are. We seek to advance these over-arching objectives by investing through seven focal initiatives: a) forest retention; b) forest health; c) traditional product markets; d) non-traditional product markets (e.g. water); e) innovation (e.g. 21st Century products such as cellulosic nanomaterials and mass timbers); and, f) asset creation (assisting people of color in retaining their forests while climbing the economic ladder).

As the largest public charity investing in the working forest space we bring human, intellectual, and financial capital to the work. Our Board and staff bring rich and deep experience along with a passion for the work all focused on leveraging our resources and partnering with others to advance mutual objectives.

In the area of market retention and growth, we developed a vision for how USDA Research and Promotion programs (a.k.a. "commodity check-offs) that have been so successful in helping agricultural producers from beef to milk could be used in the forest sector. We co-funded and assisted in the creation of the first two check-offs for forest products -- softwood lumber and paper & paper-based packaging. Our $1 million investment has helped leverage $40 million in annual assessments that are supporting these two forest products market segments. In the non-traditional markets area we worked with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, land trusts, and the City of Raleigh, NC, to institute a watershed protection fee that is generating more than $2.2 million annually for the City to invest with private forest landowners to protect the watershed that supplies water for the City's residents. With the USDA Forest Service, Duke Energy, and a wide range of conservation and university partners, we have invested nearly $8 million to plumb the potential of modern biotechnology as a potential solution to address burgeoning forest health challenges driven by climate change and global trade & travel that are conspiring to unleash dozens of exotic pests and diseases against which our trees have no native resistance. Too, we have been the convener of four Canada/US Forest Health Summits to enhance cross-border collaboration on forest health and innovation issues recognizing that forest threats don't respect borders. Across the deep south we are working with the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and dozens of state and local partners, to diversify the ranks of family forest advocates as we work with more than 650 African American forest landowners so that they can clear title to their lands and join millions of other American landowners in enjoying the economic and other benefits of active forest management. To keep forests as forests we are working with the Department of Defense to buffer military reservations with working forests so that America's fighting men and women can focus on necessary training and we have created the National Conservation Easement Database (www.conservationeasement.us) to catalog and aid natural resources agencies and land trust in tracking the nation's growing "public estate" stewarded by private landowners. Among future work: 1) Advance new markets for 21st Century products from cellulosic nanotechnology to mass timbers to capture economic value and new family-wage jobs from green, forest-based products of the future. And, 2) working to advance an old technology -- torrefaction (the roasting of wood in a low-oxygen environment) -- to help provide a market outlet for low-value wood to help address the millions of acres of forest at risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Financials

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United States Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Colin Moseley

Green Diamond Resource Company

Term: 2013 - 2015

Carlton Owen

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

John Weaver

AbitibiBowater Inc., Retired

Jon Voigtman

RBC Capital Marketts

John Kulhavi

Merrill Lynch

Jim Farrell

Canadian Forest Service, Retired

Tamar Datan

Consultant

John Cooper

Texas A&M University

Alicia Cramer

The Westervelt Company

Jim Hoolihan

Industrial Lubricant Company

Judith Stockdale

Andrea Tuttle

Consultant

Colin Moseley

Green Diamond Resources Company