One cent. That’s all it may take to start a revolution, at least for financing to protect the forested watersheds that clean our drinking water. The healthier the forests in a community’s watershed, the lower the storage and water treatment costs are likely to be. So, investing a small amount now in watershed conservation could save big money later for water storage and treatment. The story of how the cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina worked with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) and its partners to craft a national example of citizens investing in watershed protection is just one of the successes highlighted in the Endowment’s 2011 Annual Report, released today.
“We don’t take the safe path,” said Endowment Chairman Mack L. Hogans, of Seattle, Washington. “We’re positioned to do what others can’t or won’t. We take calculated risks because that’s the only way we can successfully address the enormous challenges that face America’s forests and forest-reliant communities.”
“Everything we do is focused on keeping working forests as forests and growing the number of family-supporting jobs supported by those forests,” noted Endowment President Carlton Owen. “From catalyzing efforts to launch the first-ever check-off program to grow markets for softwood lumber to plumbing the potential of biotechnology to address our nation’s burgeoning forest health crisis, our goal is to keep forests an integral part of our nation’s culture and economy.”
The Endowment’s fifth annual report looks back on 2011 and also reviews the organization’s entire history, memorable experiences, and most importantly, lessons learned along the way.
To view a copy of the report, click here or visit our website. Over the coming days the Endowment will be adding a number of live links that help the reader dig deeper and learn more about its important work.