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SOUTHWEST TWP, PA (Jan. 18, 2022) – The Foundation for Sustainable Forests has received one of forty $5,000 MTN DEW Outdoor Grants in support of the organization’s ongoing commitment to champion the great outdoors. Based in Spartansburg, PA,  the Foundation for Sustainable Forests is a 501c3 nonprofit that protects forested land and promotes sustainable forestry practices.  As an organization, the Foundation for Sustainable Forests believes it is crucial that we all do our part to protect and preserve the lands we love and enable people to get outside.

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests looks forward to using the $5,000 grant to add public parking access along Caldwell Creek’s public fly-fishing corridor and signs about the fishing opportunities and 1,000 acres of surrounding forest that it has protected. While Foundation for Sustainable Forests’ overarching goal is to protect forested land as working forests, in its application to the grant program the organization highlighted the importance of improving public awareness of and access to the recreational opportunities that Caldwell Creek provides. This funding will support the Foundation for Sustainable Forest’s ongoing efforts in Caldwell Creek valley.

“To be recognized by MTN DEW and our local community for our work and commitment to the outdoors is very special,” says Annie Maloney, FSF Executive Director. “We are so excited to receive a $5,000 grant to help us bring greater awareness and accessibility to this unique natural area to more people in the community during a time when it matters most.”

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests is one of forty nonprofits to receive a grant through the MTN DEW Outdoor Grants program. The effort by MTN DEW is part of a long-term commitment to help community organizations across the U.S. who have faced funding and volunteer participation challenges due to the ongoing pandemic, and to provide outdoor enthusiasts with more access to the great outdoors by helping remove some of the key barriers. The brand has donated more than $1.25 million to fuel outdoor passions to-date.

To learn more about the MTN DEW Outdoor Grants program and the other 39 grant recipients, visit www.DEWOutdoorGrants.com or read MTN DEW’s press release here.

The Foundation for Sustainable Forests was founded in 2004 and to date has conserved over 2,250 acres of land in the region as sustainable working forests in the region. The Caldwell Creek region is a frontier band of private industrial timberland situated between the expansive Allegheny National Forest to the east, and farmland and residential development to the west.  The Foundation for Sustainable Forests (FSF) has identified this region for protection to ensure watershed health, recreation opportunities, and to preserve the local timber economy.

Read The Meadville Tribune’s coverage here.

Read the Warren Times Observer’s coverage here.