National Forest Foundation: 2016 Barrett Foundation Challenge Offers $100,000 Award

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) has announced the 2016 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge to foster innovation in natural resource management. This unique competition is open to representatives from for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, businesses, individuals and students, staff, or faculty at nationally accredited colleges and universities. 

Especially for our Guild members operating forest-related businesses, we invite you to consider ideas that might be advanced through this support. If you’d like to explore a proposal concept with support from program staff at the Guild, please contact Barb Irvin, to discuss your idea. 

Founded by Craig Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation and long-time Board Member of the NFF, the Challenge encourages and rewards innovative market-based solutions to natural resource issues affecting National Forests and Grasslands and hopes to cultivate a new generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders.

 The objectives of the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge are:

  • To develop and launch market-based solutions that satisfy multiple goals of forest health, sustainable use, and economic development, including job creation.
  • To stimulate creative thinking to address problems and identify opportunities that benefit the National Forests and Grasslands.
  • To encourage the design and development of interdisciplinary approaches to address complex natural resource challenges.

The Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge offers a $75,000 cash award to the winning submission and a $25,000 cash award to the first runner-up.

Submission Deadline: 
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm MDT

Please share this announcement broadly with your network. Application instructions and more information can be found at
If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact Adam Liljeblad at