Healthy forests are vital to the future of the forest products industry and consumer and corporate interest in sustainably sourced products has never been higher. The AWA ensures that woodland landowners in the Southeast have access to know-how on the best forest management practices so they can apply the best stewardship to their natural resources and achieve a broader market for their products.
The forests of the Southeastern US are unique: these hardwood forests are home to some of the most diverse collections of plants and animals in the world. Economically, the forests in this region generate billions of dollars of forest products each year, much of which is returned to the local area. Private landowners in the Southeast are unique, too: unlike timber company holdings, their forests often consist of smaller tracts of acreage that require careful management for long-term sustainability.
Improving management practices of Southeastern forests today safeguards the livelihoods of landowners and their families for future generations while creating real-time economic benefits across the value chain. The AWA is investing in this region and its landowners for today and tomorrow.