SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY &
AFRICAN AMERICAN LAND RETENTION 

Our Mission

SFLR exists to create a sustainable system of support for African American forest owners that significantly increases the value of African American owned forests, land retention, and asset development.

An Award Winning Network

The SFLR program has been recognized with multiple awards, including the USDA U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) Regional Forester’s (Region 8) Honor Award for Delivering State and Private Forestry Programs in 2019; the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships in 2018; and the USDA’s highest honor, the Abraham Lincoln Award for protecting natural resources in 2016.

Keeping Forests Forested and in the Family

Most African American landowners have owned their family land for generations. Land management decisions are oftentimes driven by family legacy – rather than economic – factors. Without realizing any value from their land, however, the property faces risk of becoming a liability, rather than an asset. African Americans have faced additional challenges due to heirs’ property, smaller land holdings, and mistrust of the forest industry and federal programs. Enter sustainable forestry – a way for landowners to maintain their deep ties to the land while promoting wealth creation and land retention.

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SFLR Numbers at a Glance

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Landowners Reached
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Acres Owned
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Tenure Services
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Forestry Services
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Timber Sales
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Forestry Practices
*The total services are as of Dec. 31, 2020

For more information, contact sflr@forestfoundation.org