American Forests has been protecting and restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the nation’s oldest conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Since 1990 alone, we have planted more than 50 million trees, helping to restore forests in all 50 states and nearly 50 countries. This year, we will plant millions more in dozens of forest conservation projects. Together, these projects recover hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, safeguard vital watersheds, absorb millions of tons of greenhouse gases and protect some of the most stunning landscapes in America. In the U.S. and around the world, the health of our forests is threatened by climate change, invasive species, insects and the destruction of forests for development or conversion to agricultural uses.
American Forests is also a leading advocate for using trees and greenspace to make our cities more sustainable, beautiful and livable.
But, we need you in order to continue and expand our efforts. It’s time to get involved.
American Forests inspires and advances the conservation of forests, which are essential to life.
We do this by:
- protecting and restoring threatened forest ecosystems;
- promoting and expanding urban forests; and
- increasing understanding of the importance forests.
We envision a world in which forests are thriving and valued for their significant environmental, societal and economic benefits.
Six Core Beliefs
- Forest are essential to life on earth.
- We are not separate from nature. By caring for nature, we care for ourselves.
- Resilient forests slow the effects of climate change, provide more abundant drinking water and improve air quality.
- Eighty percent of land-based biodiversity is in forests. Healthy, functioning forests protect these animal species from extinction and other grave threats.
- In the U.S. and around the world, the health of our forests is threatened by climate change, invasive species, insects and the destruction of forests for development or conversion to agricultural uses.
- Forests recover slowly, so the time to act is now.
Working in Partnership
At American Forests, we work with a wide variety of partners to leverage our combined efforts, understanding that working together is the best way to achieve our mission for the planet.
In our forest restoration efforts, we have developed a trusted network of local partners who have deep understanding of the landscapes on which they work. We also partner with federal and state agencies, like the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to advance large-scale restoration on public lands.
We work with city governments, local tree-planting groups and other NGOs to expand urban tree canopy and green space in cities across America.
American ReLeaf funds restoration tree planting in U.S. forests that have been damaged or degraded. From jumpstarting natural regeneration after severe wildfires in California, to replanting endangered bird habitat in the Midwest and repairing forested stream banks damaged by Hurricane Sandy in New England, our American ReLeaf efforts are making a difference across the nation.
To date, we have planted more than 40 million trees in more than 800 different projects in all 50 states.
Global ReLeaf focuses on tree planting initiatives in projects around the world. Our work in nearly 50 countries has expanded forestland to provide clean water in India, planted mangroves to shield villages in China and the Philippines from dangerous tsunamis, and expanded habitat for endangered wildlife like Sumatran orangutans, Siberian tigers and golden lion tamarin.
So far, we have planted more than 10 million trees through our international efforts.
Community ReLeaf works with municipal governments and community tree planting organizations to expand urban tree canopy and greenspace in our nation’s cities. The program has conducted tree canopy analyses and sponsored projects in nearly 20 urban areas so far, with new cities added annually.
When American Forests started back in 1875 (as the American Forestry Association), public policy was at the center of our work. Our policy initiatives were instrumental in helping create the U.S. Forest Service, expand national forests to the east coast and pass the Civilian Conservation Corps Act. More recently, we have worked with Congress, federal agencies and local governments to establish community forestry programs, improve the way we respond to wildfires and expand greenspace in cities.