The KFAF partnership envisions a world where southern forests are valued as critical infrastructure that support the health, prosperity, security, and well-being of the American people. To achieve this vision, the goal of KFAF is to shift the paradigm of forest conservation in the South from one focused on piecemeal protection to one focused on the stewardship of the inherent social, economic and ecological values of functional forest ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations, and in doing so, finding new and innovative ways to protect and sustain the approximately 245 million acres of remaining southern forests.