Program Initiatives

 

Center Awarded $425,000 Grant

for a NEW “Sustainable Forestry” Program

for African American Landowners

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO APPLY!

The US Endowment of Forestry and Communities, Inc, the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Forest Service is funding the Center’s 30-month “Sustainable Forestry” Program to address the need to restore and conserve African American forested acres and increase its value and productivity for the landowner.  Together with many expert partners (see below), the Center will provide educational workshops on new forestry technologies, conduct land use assessments, help put those plans in place and connect forest owners to traditional and emerging forest products.

To qualify, you must:

  • Own forested acres located within the Center’s service area (Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown),
  • Own a minimum of 10 forested acres of land,
  • Have agreement among the family regarding the use of the land, and
  • Agree to remain within the program over the two-year period.

If you meet the criteria and would like to be notified when applications are available (anticipated June 2013), please contact Jacqueline Wilson at the Center at: (843) 745-7055/ jwilson@heirsproperty.org.

THE WORK

A minimum of 25 African American landowner families with forested acres land will be enrolled.  Due to the amount of heirs’ property (HP) located across our service area and our mission, a greater number of heirs’ property owners will be recruited.

The main strategies for this project are to:

  • Provide outreach to African American landowners – those who own HP and those with clear title – to increase their awareness of resources to help stabilize and sustain their forested properties;
  • Deliver legal services and education to clear title to HP and to create estate plans for the landowners;
  • Deliver technical assistance on the proper sustainable forestry techniques, and
  • Identify and develop connections to markets for their forest products.

The Center will conduct recruitment workshops to make landowners aware of the program, to introduce them to the professionals who will be helping them, and to make them feel comfortable about working together to “do something” with their land.

 The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (the “Endowment”) is a not-for-profit public corporation that 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 – www.usendowment.org.

Learn more about our program from our flyer.

So Many Expert Partners…so Much To Do! 

Sustainable Forestry Partners and Funders

(left to right) Danyelle O’Hara (Consultant, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.), Calvin Bailey and Russell Hubright (SC Forestry Commission) Josh Walden (Center Attorney), Alex Singleton (Center Board), Ron Harris (USDA/NRCS), Steve Carruth (Kapstone Corporation), Steve Moore (SC Wildlife Federation), Jennie Stephens (Center ED), Gene Hundley (MWV), Ebonie Alexander (Black Family Land Trust), Mikki Sager (The Conservation Fund), Michelle Mapp (Lowcountry Housing Trust), Evelyn Whitesides and Dennis Mobley (USDA/NRCS), Alan McGregor (US Endowment).  (Not pictured – Abby Saunders, Charleston School of Law and Drew Lanham, Clemson University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.)

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