500-Year Forest Foundation
Geographic region: Statewide
The 500-Year Forest Foundation conserves mature forests and the biologically diverse species they nurture. Trees of the forest will reach their maximum age and fulfill their roles – from small seedling to canopy giant to soil-making decayed log – in a continually regenerating old-growth forest. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we work in partnership with private landowners to help ensure their forests are protected into the future. Prospective 500-Year Forests generally contain a minimum of 100 acres and a significant number of trees of 70 years or older, minimal evidence of human disturbance, and indications that the site’s quality will support a trajectory to an old-growth forest. In designated 500-Year Forests, there is no removal or cutting of trees or other vegetation other than for eradication of invasive species, protection of people, livestock, and buildings, maintenance of approved roads and trails, and collection of non-timber forest products and firewood from downed trees for personal use on the owner’s property. Designated 500-Year Forests are protected by conservation easements or amendments to existing conservation easements that provide these protections for the forest.