Founded in Yarmouth, Maine in 2019, the Frank Knight Foundation ignites the scientific, spiritual, and societal aspects of learning about trees. Forestry and environmental education often occur outside of the areas where people live, creating a disconnect between nature and local communities. The Foundation helps Yarmouth by sharing information about local tree species on sidewalks, parks, and places of daily activity. These environmental lessons provide the chance for the community to develop individual relationships with their local trees. The Foundation also protects local trees through tree committees, designated tree wardens, and tree adoption programs, while also creating woodbanks from downed and salvaged trees as a source of fuel assistance and a way to create community. Knowledge of trees creates appreciation and a relationship with natural surroundings that make communities more apt to plant, protect, and advocate for the presence of trees in residential areas and beyond.
The Frank Knight Foundation is a volunteer organization operated by a four-person board with backgrounds in forestry and environmental studies, led by Rebecca Rundquist, a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and founder of the Foundation. The Foundation works with local institutions on educational programs, including a three-year tree planting collaboration with Yarmouth High School, and established The Yarmouth Tree Committee, a group of residents working on the education, management and care of trees in town. Additionally, the organization recently partnered with the nonprofit Sea Meadow Marine to purchase and preserve a 92-acre parcel of coastal land. The organization is also involved in responsible services to cut down trees and set up wood banks for local residents and recently created a new woodbank in the Brunswick/Topsham area. The organization serves residents of Maine and is interested in working to support tribal rights to coastal access.
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Rebecca Rundquist, Founder
Drought, Erosion-Subsidence, Flooding, Heat
Environmental Justice Concerns
Fighting Development/Destruction of Wildlife/Extinction of Species, Lack of Tree Canopy
Art Activism, Community Farm/Gardens, Community Organizing and Education, Green Infrastructure, Nature-Based Solutions, Policy Reform
501c3 Tax Deductible