From the text ... 'So what does AFF, the American Forest Foundation, have to offer? The first thing is that we have 90,000 landowners as members. We have a huge network that's already established, and on a regular basis we send out letters, emails, updates, invitations to field days, all those kinds of things. If you have a field day and you are going to incorporate prescribed fire, give me a call, and we can probably put something together where I send an invitation to every person who has ten to twenty thousand acres in your state and say, hey, if you want to learn more about prescribed fire, go to your local prescribed fire council meeting. Also, we can provide a link between councils....So I think that the idea of the coalition to bring the information together is critical, and right now is the best time to do it because everybody is searching for that resource. People know it's already out there, and they don't want to reinvent the wheel and do it again. The nonprofit status, 501(c)(3) topic has come up a lot. The American Forest Foundation has helped in this regard, similar to what Lane [Green] has done for some of the other agencies. We can house the money, apply for grants, things like that, if you don't want to go for that status. And another one of the really large benefits is that we've been around since the '40s. We have many, many existing partnerships already created. We have a major network of partners, including all of the state agencies, and others....' © 2010, Tall Timbers Research, Inc.