Landowners, Forest Products Industry, Professional Foresters  & Conservation Groups Working Together to Sustain New York’s Forest Resource

Members of The Council of Forest Resource Organizations are here to answer your questions on:

• Clean Air & Water
• Job Creation
• Replacing Dependence on Outside Energy
• Providing Dependable, Renewable Energy Sources
• Better Recreational Opportunities
• Enhanced Wildlife Habitat

Contact us!

Audubon New York
Audubon New York’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats to benefit humanity and Earth’s biological diversity. Using internationally accepted criteria, Audubon New York has identified 136 Important Bird Areas across New York State, many of them in the forested landscapes. Building on several years of original research, we and our partners are reaching out to forest landowners through workshops, printed materials, and our website with a goal of helping them to integrate bird-friendly management into new or existing management plans for their forested properties. For more information, visit or call 518-869-9731.

Adirondack Landowners Association
The ALA’s cornerstone is stewardship of the land. Membership in the ALA is open to individuals and organizations owning land in the Adirondacks who are interested in stimulating sound resource management of their lands, and encouraging a better understanding of the role of private lands in the management and conservation of timber, fish, game and other natural resources. Visit us at or call (315) 592-2567.

Catskill Forest Association
The Catskill Forest Association is a Not-For-Profit membership organization that promotes the long-term management of privately owned land throughout the 6 counties making up the Catskill Region of NY. CFA advocates for quality forest management to improve the health of the forest, preventing threats to the ecosystem, and supporting conservation efforts. One of its long-term goals is to reverse the human “disconnect” that has been plaguing the Catskills as well as other upstate regions of NY. This disconnection of our society with the forest is degrading our forests’ quality and health as well as harming the local economy and its ability to support families. CFA has many educational outreach programs as well as giving landowners, foresters, loggers, local governments and the general public advice on managing the forest. For more information, please call (845) 586-3054 or visit

Empire State Forest Products Association
ESFPA is a nonprofit organization for businesses and individuals dedicated to improving the business climate for the forest products industry while promoting management of New York’s forests to meet the resource needs of today and for future generations. For more information, please call our office at (518) 463-1297 or visit our website at

The Nature Conservancy
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. In order to achieve our mission the Conservancy works with partners to protect priority conservation areas throughout the state. During the Conservancy’s 60-year history, we have supported conservation alongside sustainable forestry and recreation through the protection and easement of nearly 700,000 acres of lands and waters in New York. For more information,

New York Bi0Energy Association
The New York BioEnergy Association is a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations working together to enhance public support and understanding of the benefits of using sustainably produced and harvested biomass as a source of renewable electric, thermal and liquid biofuel energy in the State and the region. The NYBA works to strengthen cooperation and communication among enterprises and organizations committed to biomass energy solutions, including biomass producers, harvesting and logistics companies, research institutions, and fuel and energy production enterprises. For more information visit our website at, or contact Alice Brumbach, NYBEA administrator at or (607) 316-3437.

New York Farm Bureau
New York Farm bureau is the State’s largest general farm advocacy organization, working to promote public policy issues challenging the agricultural industry. For more information, please visit our website at www. or contact Jeff Williams at (518) 436-8495 or Toll Free: (800) 342-4143.

New York Forest Owners Association
The mission of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) is to promote sustainable forestry practices and improved stewardship on privately owned woodlands in New York State. NYFOA is a not-for-profit group of people who care about NYS trees and forests and are interested in the thoughtful management of private forests for the benefit of current and future generations. Through local chapter and statewide activities such as woods walks and tours, the bi-monthly New York Forest Owner magazine, and affiliation with other organizations with similar objectives, NYFOA helps woodland owners to achieve their management objectives for their properties and encourages the appreciation of the qualities and importance of New York’s forests. For more information, contact us at: NYFOA, PO Box 541, Lima, NY 14485, (800) 836-3566 or

New York Society of American Foresters
The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish standards of professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society. For more information, visit their website or contact Rick Percoco, NYSAF Representative at (518) 692-0269.

New York State Tree Farm
Tree Farm recognizes forest management on small, family –owned forests, and certifies that the practices meet internationally recognized Standards of Sustainability. The mission of our volunteer foresters and Tree Farmers is to put more good forestry on more acres and keep it there. For more information, contact us at: NY Tree Farm, Inc. PO Box 541 Lima, NY 14485 or via email

New York State Urban Forestry Council
The New York State Urban Forestry Council is a volunteer group, organized formally in 1999, to advise and assist the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in executing its urban forestry policies. The council’s major funding, supplied through the USDA Forest Service, is supplemented by membership dues and independent contributions. New York State’s Urban Forestry program is a partnership of public, private, and volunteer organizations and individuals that fosters comprehensive planning, management and education throughout New York State to create a healthy urban and community forest. The Council envisions that every community in New York State will recognize the value of trees and maximize the use of trees to help improve the community’s quality of life. Our goal is to promote the appreciation and understanding of the environmental, economic, and social benefits of trees in the urban environment. For more information, contact Andrew J. Hillman, President at or visit our website at

New York SFI State Implementation Committee
SFI Inc. is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. We work with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners and countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for responsible forest management. Visit the SFI website at or contact NY SFI c/o ESFPA at or (518) 463-1297.

Paul Smiths College

Paul Smith’s College has been a leader in forestry education since the institution was founded in 1946. As the only 4-year college inside the boundaries of the world-famous Adirondack Park, we are uniquely equipped to combine practical, applied education with active stewardship of more than 10,000 acres of managed forest lands. Our graduates work in diverse fields such as consulting forestry, forest service careers, urban forestry, arboriculture, timber harvesting, wood products industries, and wilderness and recreation management. For more information, visit

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Celebrating over 100 years of leadership and excellence! The mission of the College is to advance knowledge and skills and to promote the stewardship of both the natural and designed environments. For more information, please visit us at:

Watershed Agricultural Council’s Forestry Program
The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) is a non-profit organization operating in the New York City Watershed region. WAC’s mission is to promote the economic viability of agriculture and forestry, the protection of water quality and the conservation of working landscapes through strong local leadership and sustainable public-private partnerships. To learn more, visit WAC’s website:

New Members for 2016 (Bio’s on the way!)

  • Paul Smiths College



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