“Give Back.”: - Jim’s dad
As an immigrant from Europe to this country, Jim’s father realized the value of the freedom and opportunities we enjoy – the true American Dream. He taught Jim that with this freedom comes the responsibility to give back to one’s community.
Jim and his wife Faye Barna have responded by being consistent and generous contributors to many worthwhile causes including the National Park Service, to whom they donated several dormitories (log, of course).
In 1999, Jim and Faye formed the Jim Barna foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding reforestation and educational programs focusing on the reclamation and preservation of one of our nations most precious natural resources – our forests.
The Jim Barna Foundation, led by Faye Barna responded to the tragic 2016 Gatlinburg wildfire that claimed about 2,500 homes and destroyed 16,000 acres of forests by donating Eastern White Pine saplings during the Sevierville Log & Timber Home Show. Faye and other volunteers from the foundation personally prepared and delivered 600 Eastern White Pine saplings to the show in March 2017. During this two-day event Ms. Barna also updated log home enthusiasts and visitors (many of whom lost their homes to the 2016 wildfire) on Jim Barna Foundation’s activities.
The foundation is working hand in hand with the Department of Agriculture and is committed to protecting the future health of our forests. To learn more about the Jim Barna Foundation and how you can make a difference, please visit www.JimBarnaFoundation.org.