Making forestry a sustainable income source to help secure long-term land ownership.
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.
Landowners who participate have access to many services, including outreach and education, technical and legal assistance, mapping, forest management planning and implementation, conservation and restoration, and access to new forestry technologies and emerging markets. For more information and to apply to participate, contact The Roanoke Center or Alton Perry, Program Manager, 252-539-4602. You also can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Did You Know?
Timberland owned by African Americans has decreased to 2.8 million acres today from 15 million acres in 1910.