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 (also known as tangled title), 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. SFLR supports using sustainable forestry to help African American forest owners access the American Rescue Plan.