National Forest Foundation

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We care for America's National Forests. These are some of the most spectacular, crowd-pleasing wildlands on Earth. The best part about these public lands is that they are yours!


We bring people together to restore and enhance our country's National Forests.


The National Forest Foundation was chartered by Congress in 1993 to help improve the health and promote sustainable public enjoyment of America's National Forests.


From clean water to thrilling outdoor experiences, America's 193-million-acre National Forest System sustains our nation in so many ways. And yet, major challenges like wildfire and invasive species threaten these public lands. Together with the U.S. Forest Service and local partners, we restore these treasured landscapes while reconnecting Americans to the incredible benefits these lands provide.


Because of our collaborative work, our nation's forests become increasingly healthy and resilient, are safe and welcoming of a diverse, engaged, and well informed public.

Board Members

Mary Mitsos joined the NFF in July 2001 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mary was Director of Community-Based Forest Stewardship at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation where she provided leadership for the program in sustainable forestry and sustaining rural communities. She brings expertise in a range of topics relating to the protection and sustainable management of forest ecosystems and sustainable development. Her specialized interests are in collaborative stewardship, and contracting mechanisms on public forest lands, conservation-based development and strengthening the working relationship between local communities and forestland managers. She is currently a member of the Managing Partner team that provides assistance to non-profits that are participating in The Ford Foundation Community-Based Forestry Demonstration Program.

With more than two decades of experience in the natural resources field, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition, she earned a Master of Science in Natural Resources, and a Masters of Arts in Applied Economics, from the University of Michigan, where she complete her Masters project on Sustainable Management of Common Property Resources.

She served on the steering committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress Communities Committee, as a Board member of the National Network of Forest Practitioners and serves on the advisory board for the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the University of Montana.


Craig Barrett, Chair, Retired CEO/Board Chairman, Intel Corporation

Lee Fromson, Treasurer, EVP, Products & Operations, Simms Fishing Products

Tim Schieffelin, Secretary, Founding Partner, Leeward Group

Caroline Choi, Executive Committee, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison

Peter Foreman, Executive Committee, Sirius LP

Robert Cole, Director, Partner, Collins Cockrel & Cole, P.C.

Michael Barkin, Director, Executive Vice President and CFO, Vail Resorts, Inc.

Mike Brown, Director, Founder and Managing Partner, Bowery Capital

Coleman Burke, Director, President, Waterfront Properties

Aimà ©e Christensen Director, Founder & CEO, Christensen Global Strategies and Founder & Executive Director, Sun Valley Institute

Vicki Christiansen, Ex-Officio, Interim Chief, US Forest Service

Colleen Coleman, Director, Merchandising Strategy Manager, REI, Co-op

Bart Eberwein, Director, Executive Vice President, Hoffman Construction Company

Barry Fingerhut, Director, CEO/Owner, Certification Partners, LLC

Roje Gootee, Director, Co-Owner and Manager, Rush Creek Ranch, LLC

James K. Hunt, Director

Allie Kline, Director

Andie MacDowell, Director, Actress and Spokesperson

Thomas McHenry, Director, President and Dean, Vermont Law School

Jeff Paro, Director

Patricia Hayling Price, Director, President, LiveWorkStrategize, LLC

Mary Smart, Director

Chad Weiss, Director, Managing Director, JOG Capital Inc.

Bob Wheeler, Director, President & CEO, Airstream Inc.


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Your timeless gift of trees will make a difference for our country's National Forests. Each dollar plants a native tree on these treasured landscapes. Every tree planted will help ensure these wild places in your backyard stay healthy and thrive for many generations to come!