HFF LogoShould we ever run out of trees it’s safe to say woodworkers would not be far behind. The craft’s dependence on this resource cannot be overstated, which is one of the reasons why Rough Cut is proud to call the Hardwood Forest Foundation a sponsor of the show.

Sustainable forestry is essential to ensuring that woodworkers — and any other industry dependent upon trees — will enjoy an existence for many, many years to come. The Hardwood Forest Foundation is a unique 501(c)3 organization that provides “science-based programs…to educate every elementary child in North America about sustainable forestry.” If an educator in a school or a community wants to teach students or kids in the area about the importance of sustainable forestry, this is a great place to start.

Resources include:

Truth About Trees, a free educational kit aimed at 3rd-5th graders that teaches the benefits of properly harvesting trees.

Activi-Trees, a series of lessons, simulations, and games for kids anywhere from 2nd to 6th grade. Activi-Trees educates kids on a number of forestry-related topics, from a log’s journey from forest to factory to the forest ecosystem, to the many products that come from trees.

Forest Facts, an entire page on the site devoted to just that: facts about forests and forestry in the United States. (Sample: did you know that each year 1.7 billion trees are planted in the United States?)

The Hardwood Forest Foundation website also features a Kids Clubhouse page, where parents and kids can download forest-themed coloring pages or interact with the make-believe Tree Time characters like Millie Maple and Henry Hickory.

Drop in on the Hardwood Forest Foundation and check out all the fun ways your kids can learn about sustainable forestry. Pass it on to your local school, too!

Check out the Truth About Trees video featuring our very own Tommy Mac!

HFF-Truth from Crystal Oldham on Vimeo.