During the summer of 2005, a Forestry Summit was held in Springfield to examine the vast array of forestry issues across the state. One of the most significant results of the summit was the creation of the Illinois Forestry Association.
Our Mission: To act on issues that impact rural and community forests and to promote forestry throughout Illinois.
The Illinois Forestry Association is a grass-roots organization with a diverse membership of concerned citizens, forest landowners, farmers, small acreage owners, forestry and natural resources professionals, arborists, community foresters, professors, administrators, urban professionals, wood-using business owners, and retirees with grandchildren. Many of us fit several of these categories. Our membership also includes conservation organizations, universities, state and federal agencies. We are hundreds of Illinois residents that have formed the IFA to educate, to act, to promote, and to lobby, because we are concerned about the future of forestry in our state. What we share is a belief that forestry is good for our state and country and that healthy forests must survive for future generations.