Forest Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp

$13,437 of $25k goal

Raised by 128 people in 3 months
Robin Whitfield  GRENADA, MS

Forest Friends…
Your contribution will make a difference!
And thanks to the help of our MATCHING DONOR it will gain .50 on the $1.00!!!

buy a tree.
secure a forest.
invest in conservation.

Begins at the Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area (CSNA), a 300 acre property belonging to the City of Grenada , Mississippi that can be found just north of the historic downtown. The CSNA is part of a continuous green corridor featuring the Yalobusha River, Bogue Creek and a large tract of the US Army Corps bottomland forest connecting to Grenada Lake. In 2009, it was identified as a Natural Heritage Area by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks for its outstanding native habitat and biodiversity.

As of recent, the City of Grenada is in the process of accepting bids for a timber cut in the CSNA as an effort to secure funds. Our city is struggling to get out of a financial crisis and the city council is reviewing all their assets, potentially putting the CSNA in jeopardy.


The Friends of CSNA is a grassroots organization functioning under the 501(3)c of the Grenada Community Foundation .

Our mission is to assist the City of Grenada in the conservation and management of biodiversity with the vision of a nature park destination for our community to enjoy!

The Friends of CSNA have proposed an alternative plan to the Grenada City Council, who at this time are considering the request instead of permitting an select timber harvest.

If the city will accept our proposal, it would allow our community to keep our forested swamp and gain lots of new "Forest Friends".


Our group, The Friends of CSNA are looking for "Forest Friends" to help us secure the bottomland forest surrounding the old Yalobusha River channel.

It’s simple!

1. Make a contribution. 

Your donation corresponds to one of our selected trees, based on it’s approximate timber value. 

2. In return, our Forest Friend, you will receive: A detail of your symbolic adoption:

Each tree will be tagged with a number and have it's location recorded on a map. Your tree "friend" will share your name or the name of your choosing.   Each "Forest Friend" will receive a bio about your tree and a watercolor print by Robin Whitfield which will include the name and number and location of your tree at CSNA on the back.

At this time, we have 1,500 trees in the process of being measured, tagged and numbered.  Donations in the value of the approximate timber value will be offered to the City to permanently protect the trees.


Species that will be included in our include bald cypress, yellow poplar, cherry bark oak, over cup oak, water oak, sweet gum, red maple, hickory and other mixed hardwoods.

Buy a tree.
Secure a forest.
Invest in Conservation.

We are so excited to have Wildlife Mississippi, a well known conservation organization, ready to build a low maintenance 4 mile trail system with benches, boardwalks and signs filled with ecological information at CSNA.

THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN with a combination of your help, and an agreement by the City of Grenada to provide a conservation contract to protect the area on both sides of North Main St.  

In return The Friends of CSNA will sign a contract to raise at total of $200,000 by mid March 2017 to replace the money expected from a timber harvest. We are proud to be a part helping our city become all it can be!

This is a community project that is about all of us working together!

Our vision is to provide opportunities for all people to experience first hand the beauty of biodiversity in a healthy wetland habitat conveniently located 1/4 mile from town square.

Please help us show our city that this plan can work!

Fine Print:  Your donation and tree selection will be official if/when the City Council accepts the money raised and agrees to protect the forest. If our plan is rejected or we can not raise the required amount,  your donation will be returned to you in full.

Buy a tree.  Secure a forest.  Invest in Conservation.

Visit Friends of CSNA  for more info.

*Sponsor Gifts: 

Kayak tour for two adults.  Arrangements will be made personally by Robin Whitfield.  Dates & details to be determined. 

Original watercolor painting of CSNA by Robin Whitfield.  This one of a kind piece, chosen at the artist's discretion, will be souvenir of your generous gift, and contribution to the preservation of CSNA.   Artwork will be framed in a custom ash frame.   Details to be determined.

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Update 10
Posted by Robin Whitfield
14 days ago
I'm so excited to let tell y'all about what happened at The City of Grenada, Mississippi monthly council meeting. There was a unanimous vote to reject the recent timber bids!
The trees at Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area will have a chance to remain a forest!!
Yay City of Grenada!! Thanks to our Council and City Manager for their leadership. We look forward to our continued partnership as we move towards our goals.
The Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area want to thank everyone for your prayers, support and contributions that have helped us get this far! We would not be here with out all of you!
This is a huge step in securing the forest and creates an extension for the Forest Friends campaign. We still need to raise the money equal to the value of the timber. We have already received more than $30,000 towards our $270,000 goal!
I am so thankful to our matching donor whose generosity of assets and spirit have bolstered our dreams into reality.
More about the campaign later. Right now...let's celebrate and enjoy watching the birds arrive to the canopy during migration!!
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Update 9
Posted by Robin Whitfield
1 month ago
Right now we are holding our breath and gripping the edge of our seat.
The City of Grenada is currently making their final decision about the future of Chakchiuma Swamp Natural Area. Your AMAZING response to save this forest has made it's impact. I have high hopes that the swamp trees will stand thanks to you.
We are grateful to the City of Grenada for their willingness to consider creative ideas to solve problems and to our donor who is giving .50 on the dollar!!!

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Update 8
Posted by Robin Whitfield
1 month ago
Y'all have carried us up and over the the middle!!
We are at $12,552 !!
Thanks to our matching door $12,552 is $18,828!!!

Though we have a matching donor we will continue to work toward the $25,000. There are many trees that still need "Forest Friends".

Thanks to ALL who have contributed with money, time, enthusiasm and encouragement.
wild swamp azaleas ready to bloom!
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Update 7
Posted by Robin Whitfield
1 month ago
Thanks for all the amazing support! So many cypress, tupelo, maple, oak, hickory and elm trees have new partners for life. But there are many more who need a friend.
It's so exciting to have a MATCHING DONOR to help your contribution reach more trees! $25k is the goal.
Help us get over the halfway mark.
These trees create an amazing forest filled with life near our downtown!! The birds can tell you all about it when you visit.
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$13,437 of $25k goal

Raised by 128 people in 3 months
Created January 18, 2017
Budding Buddy
2785 of 2800 left
You've Pledged to Friend one of the pulpwood trees, a great home for CSNA residents. You will receive: A tree dedication, number & location, tree bio
Sweet Sponsor
1548 of 1558 left
You've pledged to Friend one of these species: Yellow Poplar or Sweet Gum You will receive: A tree dedication, number & location, tree bio
Forest Pal
564 of 571 left
You've Pledged to Friend a Sycamore tree You will receive: A tree dedication, number & location, tree bio
Forest Friend
638 of 670 left
You've Pledged to Friend one of the mixed hardwood species, including Maple. You will receive: a tree dedication, number & location, tree bio
Forest Family
720 of 734 left
You've Pledged to Friend mixed species: Ash, Elm, Birch You will receive: a tree dedication, number & location, tree bio & special gift from Robin Whitfield
Bronze Sponsor
251 of 276 left
You've Pledged to Friend a Hickory or Cherry tree. You will receive: the sponsor packet, special gift from Robin Whitfield to be determined.
Silver Sponsor
1720 of 1729 left
You have Pledged to Friend the Water Oak or Swamp White Oak You will receive: the sponsor packet, a special gift from Robin Whitfield to be determined.
Gold Sponsor
462 of 468 left
A Pledge to Friend the Overcup Oak, Post Oak or Cherrybark Oak tree. Your gift is an invitation for 2 to our bird watching event (TBD), sponsor pack & gift
Cypress Friend
546 of 553 left
A Pledge to Friend the Bald Cypress tree. You will receive: a guided kayak tour of CSNA for 2, sponsor packet & special gift from Robin Whitfield
CSNA Champion
CSNA Champion is Friend to the native ecology. As a gift: 2 guests for bird watch (TBD), an original water color painting by Robin Whitfield, & sponsor pack
Friends of Jerry Harris
1 day ago

We Friends of Jerry Harris (Robert Harris, Billy Wilson, and Jim Marion) wish to make a contribution in memory of Mr. Henry Davis in honor of his son Clay Davis.

Dax Thornburg
4 days ago
Susannah Furr
6 days ago
Laurie Brasher
17 days ago

Please dedicate the tree in memory of Henry Edward Davis 1931-2017

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Melissa Bryant
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Niles Calhoun
1 month ago
Charlot Ray
1 month ago

Guy and I hope this helps!

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1 month ago
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