|Voices of African American Forestry, is a look in to the past and present issues, and the future aspirations for African American forestry and land retention.||
Roanoke Electric and The Roanoke Center have piloted a Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Program. This project is a joint venture of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the 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’s service area by increasing forest-owner income and land asset values. Landowners 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.
The project engages youth and young adults in learning what they need to know to advance sustainable forestry on their family lands and provides role models, mentoring and internship opportunities to begin cultivating future natural resource professionals.
Sustainable forestry is a valuable tool and management posture to help ensure we retain the forest resource opportunities we have today. Over the next 30 months, this US Endowment Grant funded program will support landowners in their efforts to improve their forestland.
For more information concerning the project or possible opportunities to meet your natural resources and to apply to participate in the project, contact The Roanoke Center or Alton Perry, Consultant, Forest Management-Land Retention at 252-539-4602, or Patricia Clark at 252-539-4603, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.