The United States is home the world’s tallest, largest, and oldest trees. Its forests cover more than a third of the United States, with only three other nations having more forest cover.
Forests in the United States:
- store and filter more than half of the nation’s water supply;provide jobs to nearly one million forest product workers;
- generate $13.6 billion in recreation-based economic activity from U.S. Forest Service lands alone;
- are habitat to more than 4,000 forest-dependent wildlife and plant species, 27% of which are at risk to extinction;
- offer a million square miles to sportsmen and families for outdoor recreation;
- are a major carbon sink that sequester 15% of all fossil fuel emissions in the US.
Despite their benefit to the nation, a forested area larger than Oregon is at immediate risk to severe fires, pests, fragmentation, and climate change. Future generations of Americans risk losing the natural benefits our forests provide if we do not work to restore their health now.
The Nature Conservancy Restoring America’s Forests program is working to reverse these threats by doubling the pace of forest restoration on federal lands to at least seven million acres a year in coordination with many partners in 25 states around the country.
Restoring America’s Forests is targeting:
1. Increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration to withstand climate change:
- Increasing federal funding for forest stewardship
- Improving forest policies and long-term planning with science
- Facilitating collaboration with agencies, communities, and other partners
2. Developing new, non-federal funding to enhance water security through forest restoration
3. Increasing fire learning and collaboration to improve community and forest health
Learn more how we are achieving these goals through:
- Working with many forest partners at 13 Forest Demonstration Projects
- Investing in the federal Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program
- Helping lead the Fire Learning Network and the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
- Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations
- Profile from Society of American Foresters on Restoring America’s Forests
- Congressional testimony
- Restoring America’s Forests factsheet
For media inquiries contact Jon Schwedler.