One of the best ways to protect forests is by supporting communities that live, work, and play in them. We work with local organizers and organizations across the Southern US. Together, we raise awareness and build skills. Because the entire community should have a say in what their forests’ futures are.
Community Grant Program
We started our community grants program in 2019. This program is making a huge difference with community organizations across the South. We provide one-time or recurring grants to support community organizations in their missions. We’ve aided many nonprofit organizations that have used these grants to:
- build educational programs
- organize rallies, block parties, and write-ins
- provide volunteer opportunities for people of all ages
- disburse immediate disaster relief funds
Racial & Environmental Justice
Racial and environmental justice is at the center of the work we do. Partnering with communities in a just, equitable way is so important. It’s key to work with local community members to develop a plan of action that feels right for them. We take a holistic approach. Our goal is to understand what racial and environmental justice means to each local community.
We collaborate with nonprofit organizations that focus on racial and environmental issues. Together, we advance the organizations that support communities. Together, we uplift grassroots organizations in their fight for justice and policy change.
Community Participation in Conservation
What do you want your future community to look like? Is it full of lush, well-maintained parks and natural areas? Or is it littered by big industries polluting your air and water and then going out of business?
There’s a big difference between tree plantations and real, natural forests. Plus, the educational opportunities found in forests are unmatched. We collaborate with individuals and communities who want to change their neighborhood. Who want to change the world.
Challenging Polluting Facilities
Many companies skip meaningful community engagement. Communities should have a voice. They should get to decide. What do they want their communities to become in 1, 5, or 50 years? Are they industrial hubs? Natural oases? Something in between?
We support communities that are organizing against polluting industries. We’ve been fighting alongside communities against the biomass industry for a decade. Helping community members is some of our most meaningful work.
Sustainable Economic Development
Local businesses everywhere are looking for ways to be sustainable. Sustainability offers obvious economic and health benefits. It only takes a few minutes to learn about being conscientious with the environment. Being sustainable protects the next generation. It protects them from the worst impacts of pollution and climate change.
We’re always looking for new friends. And we always need new ways to support sustainable economic development in the US South.