elementary aged children looking up at a tree

Our education and outreach endowments help the Society bring forest and conservation history to students, teachers, and the general public.  Based on primary materials in the FHS Library and Archives, our educational efforts help people understand how forests have affected their family’s lives and to better evaluate where their information comes from.

Enhancing Scholarship Endowment

Through this endowment the Society will enhance its publications program to help shape understanding of forest history and ecological change for a wider and more varied audience.  It may support the Visiting Scholar position, the annual Distinguished Lectureship, and the seed-money fund for new publications.

Research & Publications Endowment

Since the 1970s the Society has designed, implemented, and completed an impressive list of studies and reference works.  Through the Bernard L. Orell Research and Publications Program, Society staff oversees project design, applications for funding, supervise research associates and provide research advice and editorial assistance as needed.  They negotiate publication agreements and see manuscripts through the many steps to bring a work to publication.

Oral History Endowment

The endowment for oral history supports the planning, conduct, and publication of oral history interviews of workers and leaders in forestry, forest industry, and conservation of natural resources.  They result in capturing history that may be nowhere else in the historical record.   Funds may be used for staff, contractual arrangements, travel, transcription, editing, publication, equipment, and administration.

Endowment for Service & Professional Outreach

The Service & Professional Outreach Endowment supports Society staff to provide consulting and referral services to solve brief historical problems, serve on an advisory committee, establishing an oral history program or museum, or identifying an expert witness.  It also supports staff time to review books, prepare scholarly papers, attend meetings, serve on committees and boards, and minor classroom teaching.

Informing Public Opinion Endowment

Journalists and the media need a knowledgeable and credible source of forest information.  By aggressively bringing a historical context to forest-related news and editorials, the Society takes a pro-active part in forest policy debates by informing public opinion.  This endowment supports staff time to help journalists, the media and citizens alike to understand forest issues without distortion.

Starker Forests Endowment

The Starker Forests Endowment supports two outreach area including Informing Public Opinion and the Oral History program.   A fifth generation family business, Starker Forests owns, grows, and manages forests employing the best practices for forest stewardship.

Richard L. and Rita Porterfield Endowment

The Richard and Rita Porterfield Endowment is targeting to support FHS programs in higher education such a fellowships, research, teaching, and extension type activities.  Richard “Dick” Porterfield was a former Board member for the Forest History Society having served as Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board.


To make a donation to an FHS endowed fund or to inquire about establishing a permanent legacy of support for FHS with a new endowed fund, please contact:

Barbara Cushing
Campaign Associate
(919) 682-9319

Donations may be made online below, or by telephone (above), or by check to:

Forest History Society
701 William Vickers Avenue
Durham, NC  27701

Please be sure to indicate which endowed fund you wish to support, and whether your donation is In Memory Of, or In Honor Of, a special individual or organization.

Other Ways to Give

Education & Outreach

Education and outreach go hand-in-hand at FHS.  Part of our mission to educate students of all ages about the history of human interaction with the forested environment.

Library & Archives

Help us preserve forest and conservation history by supporting one of our many endowments dedicated to preservation and access.

Awards & Fellowships 

The endowed award and fellowship programs enable the FHS to recognize scholarly achievement and service to the organization and the community at large.


The unrestricted endowment fund provides operating flexibility to allocate funds where they are needed most.