The Central Appalachian Forest Zone includes the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Poverty and economic distress are deep and persistent. Economies have relied heavily on natural resource based activities such as forestry, mining, and agriculture. Forest industries are major economic players in this densely forested landscape, but are struggling. Sound forest management is sparse and forest health is tenuous. The Central Appalachian Forest Zone is focused on increasing active forest management, developing a more coordinated and profitable forest value stream including forest certification, ecosystem services, non-timber forest products, and connecting wood products manufactures to green and regionally-oriented wood markets.
Goals and Successes of the Central Appalachian Zone
Educate land owners, loggers, and forestry businesses about sound forest management, alternative value streams, and forest stewardship certification.
Established a Certification Center to educate forest industry participants and assist with certification.
Over 57,000 acres of forest lands certified through an effective cetner for certification for the Appalachian region
Workshops and training sessions have reached 190 logging firms and 32 forestry businesses
Assissted 7 wood products businesses with their own sustainable forest management certification
Create a new value stream for landowners by selling the carbon offsets generated by conserving private forested land.
Nearly 30,000 acres of private forest land managed and conserved, with nearly 13,000 metric tons in associated carbon offsets sold
Create stronger forest based enterprises and generate greater income for landowners and forest workers through business and market development.
Linked wood products manufacturers with near-by retailers and builders.
Mountain Association for Community Development
The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is the Endowment’s lead grantee in the Central Appalachian Zone Initiative. MACED partners with local people to build upon the strengths of Kentucky and Central Appalachia. They create economic alternatives and strive to make Appalachian communities better places to live. As the key grantee of Endowment funds, MACED collaborates with the Endowment, public and private organizations, and the people of Appalachia to implement programs that will provide sound forest management strategies and increase the economic standing of the forest-reliant community.
The Center for Forest and Wood Certification builds regional forest and wood certification capacity through the delivery of unbiased information; technical assistance; and the development of programs for landowners, loggers, and forest products industries to participate in certification in a sustainable and affordable manner. The Center provides assistance to landowners, industry leaders, loggers, and foresters. To learn more, click here.