Dovetail Partners Receives Major Grant from Surdna Foundation



White Bear Lake, Minn. – Dovetail Partners has been awarded a two-year grant from the Surdna Foundation to continue its work with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification initiatives, eco-affordable housing, and education and outreach.


“Forest certification has hit a critical mass in the region,” says Dr. Jeff Howe, Chair of the Board of Dovetail Partners, “With the recent certification of more than 12 million acres in the Upper Midwest it is time to capitalize on this opportunity through increased marketing initiatives and expanded partnerships.”


The funding supports Dovetail's role in expanding the marketplace for certified products. Dovetail's work includes supporting increased implementation of certification by land managers and businesses, identifying constraints and solutions for increasing trade in certified products, and promoting responsible market-based solutions to environmental problems.


“Surdna supports efforts that link market behavior and environmental change,” says Hooper Brooks, Environment Program Director for the Surdna Foundation, “Forest certification helps accomplish this goal and the work of Dovetail has been effective and creative in helping increase the understanding and adoption of certification.”


Dovetail Partners is a nonprofit organization that collaborates to develop unique concepts, systems, programs and models to foster sustainable forestry and catalyze responsible trade and consumption. The Surdna Foundation was founded in 1917 and its Environment and Community Revitalization program was established in 1989. The Surdna Foundation also provided support to Dovetail in 2005.