Forestry Information Links

American Forest & Paper Association – AF&PA is a large association of forest products manufacturers.  Their site contains lots of information about current events, statistics about forests, various forestry programs that protect the environment, different types of forest and wood products, tools for educators and students, and plenty of other useful information.

Forest Resources Association – The Forest Resources Association (FRA) represents diverse segments of the wood fiber supply chain, including consumers of unprocessed wood fiber, such as pulp, paper, and building products plants; suppliers of unprocessed wood fiber, such as logging contractors and wood dealers; enterprises that support the forest resource industries, such as providers of equipment, tools, and services; and private forest landowners and managers. – An excellent, searchable database of photos mostly from the Black Hills National Forest.

Idaho Forest Products Commission – All about Idaho forests!  The Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) was created in 1992 by an act of the Idaho Legislature. The purpose of the Commission is to “promote the economic and environmental welfare of the state by providing a means for the collection and dissemination of information regarding the management of the state’s public and private forest lands and the forest products industry.”

Intermountain Forest Association – The Intermountain Forest Association (IFA) is an organization of wood product manufacturers, forestland owners and related businesses in the Northern Rockies.  IFA is headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, ID with satellite offices in Boise, ID and Rapid City, SD.  IFA’s site provides good news, information, and policy positions on public and private forestland management in the intermountain region.

Project Learning Tree – PLT is a nationally award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with children ages pre-K through 12th grade.  There is a PLT chapter in each state, including South Dakota, and this organization serves a crucial role in providing an objective, thoughtful framework in which our children can learn and think about the environment.

Society of American Foresters – SAF is the organization representing the science and profession of forestry in the US.  Their site contains lots of information about forestry as a profession and educational discipline, and Society position statements on current forestry issues.

Washington Forest Protection Association – All about Washington forests!  Washington Forest Protection Association (WFPA) is a trade association representing private forest landowners in Washington State.  WFPA members are large and small companies, individuals and families who grow, harvest and re-grow trees on about 4.2 million acres

Meet Our Partners

“Partnership” is a term we use to describe agencies and organizations the BHFRA works with closely and often.  They are colleagues and associates, not members, and we do not always agree.  However, forging partnerships with diverse interests is a requisite of good natural resource management; for this reason, we value our partners greatly and would like to acknowledge them here.

Agencies and Government:

USDA Forest ServiceBlack Hills National Forest

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

US Bureau of Land Management

SD Department of Agriculture

Secretary’s Office

Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry

Division of Wildland Fire Suppression

SD Department of Game, Fish, and Parks

SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Custer State Park

WY Department of Environmental Quality

WY Game and Fish Department

WY Office of State Lands and Investments

Division of Forestry



County Commissions

LawrenceMeadePenningtonCuster, and Fall River County, SD

Crook and Weston County, WY

University of Wyoming

University of South Dakota

SD School of Mines and Technology

Black Hills State University

Black Hills Resource Conservation and Development Association

Black Hills-Area Chambers of Commerce

The Journey Museum



Black Hills Regional Multiple Use Coalition

Intermountain Forest Association

Project Learning Tree

Society of American Foresters

Keep South Dakota Green

American Tree Farm System

Black Hills Sportsmen’s Club

Black Hills Home Builders Association

Black Hills Women in Timber

American Forest and Paper Association

Forest History Society

SD Association of Conservation Districts

Evergreen Magazine