What does the American Evergreen Foundation represent?

American Evergreen Foundation established in 1996 is a non-political, non-profit organization that focuses on environmental/conservation education and bringing people and communities together in positive “Conservation Through Participation” hands-on grassroots projects. AEF has projects in Nevada, California Central Coast, Southern California, Arizona, and Idaho.

AEF provides people and communities nationwide an opportunity to learn about the environment that surrounds us through hands-on opportunities, in the classroom (k-6th grade) environmental education, and environmental conservation educational television programming.

AEF works together with federal, state, county and city agencies as well as private landowners on important environmental projects.

For nearly a century the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Park Service (NPS) and other federal, state and local agencies have been providing outstanding leadership in the protection and management of our forests and open lands. However; With devastating forest fires, floods, population growth, coupled with state and federal cutbacks. The American Evergreen Foundation feels it’s time to step up and provide quality environmental/conservation education, and opportunities for the citizens of this nation to participate to help meet the ever growing demands on our forests and open lands

Let us remember our forests and open lands provide us with the necessities of life as well as many extras. These lands provide a safe refuge for wildlife, clean water to drink, clean air to breath, wood products, minerals, oils, gas, and medicines. We use these lands for camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and other recreations. Our environment does it all, whether we are using natural resources, or enjoying exciting outdoor activities, savoring beautiful scenery or resting in a quiet place reflecting on nature’s majesty.

“The AEF Conservation through Participation project proved beyond a doubt that people of all ages can come together in a positive way to steward our lands. We proved stewardship and volunteerism can be a lifestyle that benefits the present and future generations of people, plants, and animals. I have to thank the young volunteers that can now take their children and one-day grandchildren into the forest and say I planted this forest when I was your age. We at the AEF thank not only the hundreds of volunteers that worked so hard but all the supporters and partners that made it all possible. For all the participant’s the job was never too big as we were never too small. I am convinced that all that participated took with them a sense of pride and accomplishment that they will carry for a lifetime and beyond.”

What we do in Life Echoes in Eternity

Richard Van Dyke
Co-founder, American Evergreen Foundation