Our mission is to restore healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia and beyond.


A 501(c)(3) nonprofit tree planting organization


GFW’s vision is to create a renewable and sustainable multi-use resource that will provide economic opportunities while enhancing the local and global environment. By converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into healthy, productive forestland, GFW is effectively addressing two needs of the region. Our reforestation projects provide jobs for equipment operators, nursery workers, and tree planters, and improve the environment by eradicating non-native species and restoring ecosystem services. With the help of our partners and volunteers, this vision is quickly becoming a reality...


 Since 2009, we have planted nearly 4 million trees across more than 6,000 acres.

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The Green Miles
The Washington Post Magazine

Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.

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2022 Winter Newsletter
Green Forests Work

Our most recent newsletter.

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WEF Article
World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum highlights our work.

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UK Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Upgrade Stream Monitoring Network in Robinson Forest


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730 Rose Street

Lexington, KY 40546-0073





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