At Blount, we focus our philanthropic efforts on reforestation, conservation, and education. These areas align with our P4 Business Beliefs and the interests of our shareholders, customers, team members, and communities. As global citizens, we promote the careful use of natural resources and education on sustainability and best practices.
We have partnered with the following organizations whose missions and actions align with our areas of focus:
â€“ National Forest Foundation, a North American-based nonprofit focused on community engagement
and restoration of National Forests and Grasslands
â€“ Sociedade De Pesquisa Em Vida Selvagem (SPVS), a Brazil-based nonprofit focused on forest restoration, conservation, and biodiversity
â€“ 4-H, a North American-based nonprofit making a positive difference through youth development,
mentoring, and education in sustainable forestry, agriculture, and industry
The National Forest Foundation (NFF) promotes the health and enjoyment of the 193-million acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health through thousands of conservation and stewardship projects.
Blount International partnered with NFF to support the Trees for US program, which targets high-priority reforestation needs across the National Forest System. Since the NFF began its tree-planting programs in 2008, it has planted more than six million trees on National Forests around the country that have suffered natural disasters like wildfire, storms, insects, and disease. Reforesting our National Forests improves watersheds by reducing sediment and other pollutants that enter streams and rivers, restores wildlife habitat, and sequesters carbon and improves air-quality.
In order to accomplish similar results internationally, we have leveraged our partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to support the Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem (SPVS), a Brazilian conservation organization dedicated to improving biodiversity and forest health by working with small agricultural interests and timber harvesters throughout Brazil.
SPVSâ€™s mission is to work for nature conservation through the protection of native areas, environmental education, and the development of models for responsible use of natural resources. Blountâ€™s support of the SPVS mission through the NFF will increase their capacity to work with local farmers and forest managers to support biodiversity and sustainable practices.
Our partnership with 4-H, the United Stateâ€™s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, provides access to education materials for youth to learn about and develop a passion for agri-science, forestry, and small engines. Through the partnership, funds have been designated to promote life-skill development through 4-H education. Educating and mentoring youth is important. We know many of our customers and Team Members have been positively influenced by 4-H programs over the years.
4-H works in partnership with 100 universities to provide life-changing programs that are research-backed. The 4-H agriculture-focused curriculum was developed in cooperation with experts from the National Consortium of State Agriculture in the Classroom programs, Extension 4-H professionals, and specialists from the field of childcare education. Its intent is to promote agricultural literacy among young people during out-of-school time while developing their understanding, appreciation and application of science through a variety of hands-on agriculturally based activities. Programs are provided through 4-H clubs, camps, afterschool & school enrichment programs in every county and parish in the U.S.