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By the Numbers:
Out of the approximately 750 million acres of U.S. forests, more than 420 million acres are "working" forests, which provide timber for construction, as well as pulp for paper and packaging. Nearly 45 million acres of these forests are at risk of being lost to development.

Through the Working Forest Fund, more than 600,000 acres have been protected in 17 states.
The Working Forest Fund (WFF) addresses an urgent conservation challenge: the loss of America’s last big, intact, privately-held forests. Pioneered in 1998, the WFF acquires and permanently protects ecologically significant forestland, applying expert management and restoration.  Our goal is to ensure forests' vital role in providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and economic benefits for communities across America. 

WFF is the only fund of its kind: it buys time.  We offer a dedicated source of bridge capital, and for each property, we develop and implement sustainable forest management plans, and place conservation safeguards.  We then return the forestland to private ownership or public agency stewardship, so that each property remains a protected working forest, boosting its local economy by maintaining jobs.

One of the Greatest Environmental Challenges of Our Time—Protecting America's Working Forests

What is a working forest?

Privately owned forestland, often held by families or large investors, that are managed for forest products. 

The time to act is now. What can you do to help?

The threat to America's working forests is one of the most overlooked and urgent environmental issues of our time, but we have an opportunity to create a better path forward before it’s too late. We hope you will join us in this effort to preserve the working forestlands we all depend on. Please donate to The Conservation Fund today.

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