National Network of Forest Practitioners Updated:07/2014

The National Network of Forest Practitioners has evolved, since 1993, from an informal group of innovators working for sustainable forestry and rural development into an independent 501c3 non-profit organization with a track record of carrying out a variety of projects involving networking, education, technical assistance, and policy.

Through its evolution the NNFP has focused on different strategies and activities based on its organizational development. At first NNFP was an informal networking group helping innovators in rural communities connect, share ideas, models, resources, and mutual support. As it developed there was an increasing focus on technical assistance and training, with the Week in Washington partnership, workshops on the USFS Fire Plan, and training on other topics. Most recently NNFP took on a strong focus on internal and external advocacy for greater cultural diversity within community forestry and significant progress was made in diversifying NNFP’s board and membership.

Throughout its life NNFP is most closely identified with the Annual Meeting. A heady event full of inspiring ideas, exciting connections, and a visionary and motivational energy. During the rest of the year NNFP has typically been less visible in communities and people have felt less connected. The Working Groups model allowed some people to be more connected with NNFP but they involved relatively few people. A new model of Regional Forums was piloted, with great results in the Southeast where active NNFP members provided strong leadership and deep community connections.

We are about rural communities.
Faced with the challenge of making a living wage and also caring for our natural resources, steeped in traditions and history, connected to the land.

We are about healthy economies.
Working with others to create meaningful jobs, jobs where someone can get an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
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We are about healthy forests.
Forests and ecosystems that thrive and are strengthened by sound management and planning.

We are about providing support.
For the many innovators out there in sustainable community forestry who are creating new jobs, making a living in the woods, and restoring the environment. We support people who are deeply committed to the dream of a world where rural people have good living-wage jobs, communities are inclusive and democratic, and where forests are sustained and not depleted.

We are about change.
The focus of NNFP is to help catalyze development of sustainable forest economies in rural America. By supporting our member businesses and organizations in developing jobs in sustainable forestry and natural resources management, NNFP can help shift the rural economy to more sustainable activities and help focus resources on initiatives that maintain or enhance natural assets, build local ownership, and broaden economic prosperity.

Contact National Network of Forest Practitioners


Contact National Network of Forest Practitioners

Colin Donohue
Executive Director
8 North Court St.
Suite 411
Athens, OH  45701
Phone: 740-593-8733

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