Welcome to the Practicing Foresters Institute

The Practicing Foresters Institute (PFI) is a 501(c)(3) trust dedicated to the purpose of providing training to practicing foresters through assistance grants and scholarships as well as education programs to the general public.

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Endowment Fund

The endowment fund was established to attract substantial contributions that will be put into a special account. A policy was established that the principle of these funds shall never be touched, and the interest only will be used to support educational activities, not operating costs. The original goal was met in 2010 and the board of trustees shall ensure that the fund is used for scholarships, grants and educational offerings to practicing foresters.

Education Programs/Scholarship Fund

In addition to the Endowment Fund the Trustees are responsible for raising funds and distributing monies to Education Program/Scholarship Funds. Currently, PFI provides Project GrantsCandidate Member Education Grants and Host Chapter Student Grants.

Memorial Fund

In 2018, PFI established a Memorial Fund with the passing of Eley Frazier to honor his memory. ACF donated $1,000 and membership generously gave an additional $6,600. The PFI Memorial Fund also provides a place where donations can be made to honor the memory of any member in the future. The Memorial Fund will be utilized to assist associate members with expenses to attend the ACF National Meeting and/or as further directed to meet the wishes of the donor.

Fundraising Activities

Each year PFI organizes a silent auction to raise monies for the “Educational Programs Fund”. The auction is held in conjunction with the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) Annual Conference. Auction donations arrive from all over the country and many are handcrafted one of a kind items. This fundraiser helps PFI provide grant opportunities each year as the endowment fund grows.

Board Members


Taylor Wilson, ACF

Vice President:
John Holzaepfel, ACF

Dennis McKenney, ACF

Nathan Kachnavage, ACF

Bryan Jones, ACF
Dennis Parent, ACF


Contact Us

Taylor Wilson, ACF
Practicing Foresters Institute
376 McLaws Circle
Suite 1A
Williamsburg, VA 23185