Roanoke Electric Cooperative and The Roanoke Center have piloted the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Project. This program is a joint venture of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The Sustainable Forestry project works to restore and conserve threatened forest land in Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s service area by increasing forest-owner income and land asset values.


We spoke with the executive director of the Black Family Land Trust, Ebonie Alexander, at the North Carolina & Virginia Forest Landowner Conference. See her message on the importance of land retention on the News & Info page.

We partnered with Duke University's Nicholas School Forestry Masters Program to develop a forest management plan as part of the curriculum. Students devised the plan for Northampton County landowner James Peterson.

Conference Highlights

Voices of African-American Forestry

Voices of African-American Forestry is a look into the past and present issues 

and the future aspirations for African American forestry and land retention.

Click here to see our recap of the North Carolina and Virginia Forest

Landowner Conference.

Did You Know?

Timberland owned by African Americans has decreased to 2.8 million acres today from 15 million acres in 1910.

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Students attending the 2019 Youth STEAM Summit chat with SFLRP Outreach Specialist Patricia Clark, left. (Ashley Horton photo)