Friends of Cherokee National Forest, a new nonprofit committed to conservation, community engagement

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, December 6, 2023

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Friends of the Cherokee National Forest, a public charity nonprofit, is thrilled to announce its official launch. Dedicated to supporting the USDA’s Cherokee National Forest, FoCNF aims to become a driving force in preserving one of the region’s most cherished landscapes.
FoCNF’s mission is to leverage private philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership, and strategic partnerships to achieve the following key objectives:
– Wildlife and Fisheries Habitat Conservation: The group is committed to conserving the unique ecosystems within the Cherokee National Forest, ensuring the long-term well-being of its flora and fauna through activities that help restore forest health, enhance native wildlife, and plant habitat and improve watersheds.
– Enhancing Recreational Experiences: The group will strive to improve and enrich the visitor experience in the forest, making it an even more enticing destination for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.
– Inspiring Environmental Stewardship:Through engaging interpretive programs and educational initiatives, the group’s aim is to educate and inspire youth to get outdoors and utilize and appreciate our natural environment.
By visiting the website at, those interested can learn more about the organization and how to get involved in making the Cherokee National Forest an even better place for everyone.
“Friends of the Cherokee National Forest is more than a nonprofit; it’s a community of passionate individuals dedicated to conserving the natural beauty and ecological significance of this remarkable forest,” said Mark Healey, Founder, President, and Executive Director Of FoCNF. “We invite everyone who shares our commitment to conservation and community to join us in this important endeavor, and together, we can make a meaningful impact to this treasured resource.”
FoCNF welcomes donations, volunteer support, and strategic partnerships to help achieve its ambitious goals.

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