Forestlands provide vital ecosystem services, including clean water, clean air, and wildlife habitat, as well as a number of forest products upon which our lives are based. Approximately 56 percent of all forests in the United States are owned by 11 million private owners. Of these owners, 92 percent are family forest owners who control 62 percent of our country’s private forestlands. Importantly, the collective decisions of these forest landowners will determine the future of the landscape.
Since 1944, NEFF has been dedicated to promoting the responsible and sustainable use of our region’s private forestlands. We consistently work with landowners to help meet their conservation goals through conservation easements, conservation restrictions, planned giving, and other innovative methods.