The Appalachian Forest Resource Center (AFRC) is a regional enterprise support center of the National Network of Forest Practitioners working to imrpove sustainable management and use of forest resources in the Appalachian Region.
AFRC works to build the capacity of small forest products businesses and forestry service providers in the region.
- education and training services
- business consulting
- marketing support
- resource development
We focus some of our work in Central Appalachia for a variety of reasons -- we have particular expertise and experience related to the region, it is a region of exceptionally high economic distress and biodiversity, and it's where we're headquartered and have many partners and established relationships.
We can provide a wide variety of Web Services for the people and business of the Appalachian Region. These services include Web Sites Wellness checks, Web Site design, creation and management, Search Engine Optimization, and Training of maintaining your own Web Site.
The AFRC was tapped to be a partner in a successful proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) on forest assessment. NNFP is an advisor to the project which will help inform the ARC’s forest related projects, andwill look at the various competing uses of the forest, and the market and non-market values.
With the limited employment options and abundant timber resources in central West Virginia (Calhoun and surrounding counties) local residents have expressed an interest in exploring how their forests resources might be sustainably utilized to create local jobs.
This GreenWood Sales Assistance is a non-profit project developed to assist green builders in purchasing wood products from sustainably managed forests in Appalachia. This service helps builders and architects create jobs and income in Appalachia while promoting sustainable forest management.
The CAFA partnership also provides carbon offsets for consumers interested in offsetting emissions from their travel, electricity use, and business activities.