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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


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',