Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

500 Year Forest Foundation

Conserving old-growth forests and the biologically diverse species they nurture.

aka The 500-Year Forest Foundation

Charlottesville, VA


The 500-Year Forest Foundation fosters future old-growth forests that provide wildlife habitat and cleaner air and water for the planet. Through forest conservation plans with private landowners and collaboration with like-minded environmental organizations, the Foundation works to increase public awareness of the importance of old-growth forests and of maintaining biodiversity.

Ruling Year


Chairman & President

Mr. David Ledbetter

Executive Committee Member

Mr. Hullie Moore

Main Address

PO Box 1272

Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA


forests, conservation, ecology, environment, preservation, old growth, sustainble forestry, biodiversity





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

As an all-volunteer organization, The 500-Year Forest Foundation relies heavily on volunteers and board members for whom the foundation's business is not first priority. Expanding the board's size, upgrading management skills among officers and adding a part-time staffer would greatly improve effectiveness and response time to all programs and goals.

Our programs

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

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Biotic Inventories

Invasives Eradication

Forest Protection

Forests as Laboratories

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The 500-Year Forest Foundation mission is to bring privately owned parcels of potential old-growth forest under its auspices through outreach, public education, and state and federal conservation incentives. Establishing a consistent pace of adding acreage is the most immediate aim.

Through training, more disciplined delegating and better application of task management resources, the board intends to remove bottlenecks, streamline processes and add dedicated work hours to the essential functions of the organization. Fundraising to secure paid staff for administrative and program support operations will be key.

Through networking with like-minded organizations, The 500-Year Forest Foundation has amassed lists of potential board members, volunteers and part-time employees. Current board members from a state forestry agency and a local certified public accounting firm provide physical facilities for meetings, conferences and employee /intern workstations. Expanding and training the board has led to broader involvement in fundraising--with a focus on grant seeking--that should, in turn, provide the sustainable wherewithal for operations assistance.

The sole measure of success for The 500-Year Forest Foundation is adding acreage. The organization has set a goal of one new forest per fiscal year. Progress toward the organization's development will be evident when that goal is readily met or exceeded.

A forest was added in 2013, just as The 500-Year Forest Foundation underwent a transition from a one-man operation (the founder), to a "many hands" approach. That resulted in a four-year gap before another forest was added a forest in 2017. With the addition in 2018 of a forest that is triple the average size of earlier member forests, the organization is on track to make its goal. In addition, The 500-Year Forest Foundation has initiated a "cooperating forests" program, which allows a less formal affiliation and participation in information-sharing, invasives control and other efforts. The organization hopes soon to debut an annual stewardship, environmental and arts conference called ForestSEA aimed at fundraising, finding prospects and building public support for the organization's mission.

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?