Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program works with private landowners, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations to develop innovative strategies that promote the sustainable production, management, and marketing of forest resources.
By providing resources for woodland owners we have been able to effectively train landowners and partner agencies to identify alternative income opportunities, like forest farming of ginseng, goldenseal, and other forest botanicals, as well as how to conduct land restoration projects with native plants, and mitigating the impacts of non-native invasive species that can adversely effect forest health and diversity. Recently the Sustainable Forestry Program has partnered with MACED and Appalachian Sustainable Development to introduce the Appalachian Carbon Partnership. This program is designed to encourage land owners to better manage their land while earning income through carbon offsets.
Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can work with you!
Current Programming & Resources
Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition
Rural Action is partnering with Virginia Tech and other universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, to expand access to forest farming information and opportunities in the Appalachian region of Ohio and its neighboring states. Learn More
Native Plant Restoration
Since 2014 Rural Action has worked with the National Forest Foundation and Wayne National Forest to conduct restoration plantings and monitoring for American ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps. Learn More
Non-Timber Forest Products
The Appalachian region is a valuable source of non-timber products that may offer alternative income opportunities for land owners. This page provides land owners with information about economically important species that can be cultivated in the forest understory. Learn More
Rural Action’s Forestry and Environmental Education programs are partnering to deliver a hands-on, forest herb curriculum to students in schools across the region. Learn more
Planting Stock Sale
Rural Action has been offering high quality stratified American ginseng seed, goldenseal rootlets, and ramp bulbs for planting since 1999. Learn More
Woodland Owners Toolkit
For many landowners, managing and restoring the land you have bought or inherited is a primary goal. Often times, how to start this process isn’t clear. Our goal is to help put you in touch with the resources you need to appropriately manage your land to increase aesthetics, value, and biological activity for many years to come Click here to download the Woodland Owners Toolkit
Sustainable Forestry Staff
Tom Redfern is the Director of Rural Action’s Sustainable Forestry Program. Tom directs all Forestry programming, and leads multiple Sustainable Forestry team members including a Non-Timber Forest Product Specialist and an Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps member, as well as college interns and an array of community volunteers. Prior to his start at Rural Action in 2004 he spent 20 years working in commercial and public horticulture in Ohio and served as an Extension educator in the U.S. Peace Corps. He has degrees from both Hocking College and Ohio University. Contact Tom at email@example.com for more information about Rural Action’s work with agriculture in Appalachian Ohio and to learn how we can work with you.
Tanner Filyaw is the Forest Botanicals Specialist and Educator. From 2005 to 2008 Mr. Filyaw worked as an Americorps VISTA with the Rural Action Sustainable Forestry program conducting landowner education and outreach around sustainable forestry, land stewardship, and Non-Timber Forest Products. Since accepting a staff position with Rural Action in March 2008, Tanner has continued to act in this capacity, and has conducted many workshops, presentations, and other educational programs for Ohio landowners to help develop sustainable and income strategies from forested lands. He graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a B.S. in Environmental Geography, with a minor specializing in Environmental and Plant Biology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Science at Ohio University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.