Our Role

The Conservation Fund purchased this assemblage of working timberlands through its Working Forest Fund®, a conservation initiative dedicated to mitigating climate change, strengthening rural economies and protecting natural ecosystems by the permanent conservation of at-risk forest landscapes. Under our temporary ownership, the Stateline Forest will be sustainably managed as a working forest, including the restoration of critical montane longleaf pine habitat. The lands will also maintain their role as a steady source of timber for local mills and jobs for timber crews.

The Conservation Fund will work with public and private partners in the coming years to determine strategies and raise the necessary funding to ensure the lands will remain healthy working forests.

“Jamestown is delighted to be a part of The Conservation Fund’s efforts to conserve a vibrant working forest. Not only will the Stateline forest continue to provide natural climate solutions, clean water and wildlife habitat to the local ecosystem for future generations, but it will also continue a rich legacy of supporting the local forest value chain."

- Derek Stanfield, vice president of timber investments for Jamestown, L.P.

 

Why this project matters

Acquisition and management of this property will conserve and enhance the ecological benefits of this forest, while protecting it from parcelization, fragmentation and conversion. The timberland is an irreplaceable economic driver in rural communities, providing jobs through wood products and recreation economies. The area is important for the protection of many rare plants, bats and aquatic species and the restoration of montane longleaf habitat. 

Over the last decade, The Conservation Fund has placed more than 650,000 acres under conservation management through its Working Forest Fund® program, with the goal of purchasing and permanently protecting five million acres of working forests.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The Conservation Fund is actively raising funds for a permanent conservation solution for these lands. For more information about how you can support the conservation of Stateline Forest, please contact Wendy Taylor and Rachael Joiner.