Sustainable Forestry & Land Retention Project Partners Strategize for Phase 3 Success of NC Program
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Roanoke Economic Development, Inc
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409 N. Main Street (Hwy 258 N.)
Rich Square, NC 27869‐0148
AHOSKIE, N.C., Jan. 11, 2019—Strategies to continue the growth and success of sustainable forestry practices in northeastern North Carolina filled two days of discussion in a Roanoke Electric Cooperative conference room on January 9th and 10th. The partnership meeting among representatives of Roanoke Electric, The Roanoke Center, the American Forest Foundation and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities focused on Phase 3 of the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project that the co-op helped launch in 2013.
Program Manager Alton Perry told participants that project participation has increased to more than 180 landowners with approximately 11,000 acres being managed. The Sustainable Forestry project works to restore and conserve threatened forest land in Roanoke Electric’s service area by increasing forest-owner income and land asset values.
“In 2013, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities launched a 30-month pilot initiative in three states to support African-American landowners to manage their forests and address heir land tenure issues,” said Danyelle O’Hara, a consultant the U.S. Endowment. “Now, nearly six years later, we are in Phase 3 and seven states. Throughout these years, Roanoke Electric has been one of the program’s key leaders, leveraging the critical relationships and trust the cooperative has in the community.”
Tom Martin, president and chief executive officer of the American Forest Foundation, described the project as “a powerful collaboration of partners that empowers landowners to keep and care for their land. This work is right in line with the American Forest Foundation’s commitment to the sustainability of family forests, and we are proud to partner with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to support SFLR and engage more landowners in active stewardship
For information contact SFLRP Program Manager Alton Perry at 252-539-4602 or firstname.lastname@example.org