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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Community Coalitions, Education, Environment, Forest Conservation

Mission: Heartwood is a cooperative network of grassroots groups, individuals and businesses dedicated to the health and well being of the heartland hardwood forests of the East, Midwest, and South, and to their interdependent plant, animal, and human communities. Heartwood protects forests and supports community activism through advocacy, education and citizen empowerment.

Geographic areas served: North America, hardwood forest

Programs: Heartwood's Forest Watch Program provides national leadership in challenging the privatization, commercialization, and exploitation of our nation's public lands, through education, administrative appeals, and litigation. We help people participate in the decision-making process for public lands through Forest Watch trainings, our Citizens Guide and other publications, our widely-distributed action alerts, and our easy-to-use web alerts. http://www.heartwood.org/alerts.php. When necessary, we defend the public interest through the courts.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heartwood is family. If you love forests, Heartwood is your family, too.

Review from Guidestar

7

Former staff

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Heartwood in 1999 and from the first minute I felt welcome and informed and empowered.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Heartwood since 1994 and from the moment I arrived at my first Forest Council, Heartwood became my family and

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

National Forest Protection. State Forest Monitoring. Sustainable Communities promotion. Network support for upstart grassroots groups with lots of heart and little budget. A finger in virtually every import environmental fight from Missouri to Virginia, from Mississippi to the Great Lakes. No other organization does what Heartwood does. As a network of activists and grassroots organizations, Heartwood brings folks together twice yearly in some of the most beautiful areas in the entire central hardwoods and eastern regions to organize, stratigize, inform and enjoy. An amazing group of passionate, treehuggin',

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heartwood is a link between small groups of people or individuals who would otherwise feel isolated in their work to protect the forests in their community. Heartwood helps these individuals/groups get the tool and information that they need to pursue their specific goals. They use the resources they have very efficiently.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Dedicated, persistent, and resourceful. People helping people protect the places they love. Heartwood is a model for groups in other parts of the country because of the way the groups and individuals help each other, rather than competing