“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

– Gary Snyder, Poet

Wildlife

In 2017, American Forests restored nearly 300 acres of forest in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of southern Texas, an extraordinary place where we have supported two-thirds of all restoration over the last 20 years.

Just before Christmas last December, biologists at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas displayed photos of a 3-week-old male ocelot kitten found in the first confirmed den on the refuge since 1997. Given there are only around 50 endangered ocelots known to still roam the LRGV, this was great news.

The LRGV is the fertile river delta of the Rio Grande River. The combination of climate, vegetation and associated wildlife create an ecosystem unlike any other in America. The local Texas thornscrub vegetation provides habitat for many plant and wildlife species including 530 birds, 300 butterflies, and 1,200 plants. The endangered ocelot is a Texas thornscrub specialist, using the dense forest to hunt and protect its family. However, this diverse habitat remains under threat from sprawling development and new threats like the border wall.

Water

Across the country, American Forests is pointing to forests as a solution to many of our water-related challenges. In Vermont, we are working with partners like PUR Projet, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local conservation districts and private landowners to plant trees along streams. These riparian forest buffers address some of the problems affecting Lake Champlain’s water quality by filtering out farm run-off and reducing erosion, while benefiting
local landowners at the same time.

In addition, this year we have focused on reforesting areas that are important sources of drinking water to California’s Bay Area, south Texas and northeast Florida. These projects will also provide flood protection to surrounding communities. All told, our work will reduce runoff from storm events by nearly 1 billion liters.

Forests produce clean water for 180 million Americans — that’s nearly two out of every three people in the country. Forests also keep pollutants out of streams and reduce damage from floods by slowing and storing rain. Strategic forest restoration can also save taxpayers money by lowering costs for treating drinking water and deterring harm from storm events.

Cities

For over a century, American Forests has been a leader in promoting urban tree canopy for the health, sustainability and livability of cities. With this year’s launch of the Vibrant Cities Lab, American Forests has taken the leadership role in bringing urban forestry expertise online. Through this first-ever digital hub for urban forestry, city managers and other leaders can now access powerful information and tools to lead successful local reforestation efforts in cities and towns across America.

Our award-winning Community ReLeaf program has also expanded its partnerships with cities to bring tree equity to underserved communities. Through American Forests’ uniquely comprehensive process, we have developed strong coalitions, scientific data and action plans to launch large-scale reforestation efforts in such cities as Detroit, Miami, Houston and Dallas. These new partnerships and American Forests’ longstanding work in cities like
Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles generated important urban tree planting projects that brought leafy, green canopy to cities across America in 2017.

Our Community ReLeaf partnerships are helping expand the reach and benefits of urban forestry farther, faster and to the neighborhoods most in need.

A Look Ahead to 2018

American Forests will raise its leadership and impact to new heights in 2018.

With growing urgency for the benefits of healthy forests to reach people and wildlife, American Forests has committed to new, major-scale restoration of trees and forests across America.

In the coming year, we will broaden our long-term objectives by meeting major science and planning milestones, including our new Whitebark Pine Recovery Plan to benefit grizzly bears and other wildlife in the Northern Rockies and Cascades. We will share innovative best practices for healthy urban forests through the new Vibrant Cities Lab, and magnify high-impact projects in target cities, including Detroit, Miami, Dallas and Houston.

As forests are an essential investment in America’s future, we are developing a new citizen-led strategy in Washington, D.C., to rally public officials in a bipartisan effort to make forest restoration a top priority.

Thank You to Our Members

We are grateful to American Forests’ members who generously supported our work this year.

  • William Albertson
  • Brian Alexander
  • Reed Anthony
  • Andris Baltins
  • Brian & Kimberly Barber
  • John & Astrid Baumgardner
  • Christophe Bellito
  • Gerald Bernstein
  • Charles Betlach II
  • Elisabeth Bottler
  • Jennifer Broome
  • Judith & Frederick Buechner
  • Dorothy & Blake Cady
  • Sheldon Campbell
  • Jesse Carmichael
  • Carol Carpenter
  • Vikram Chandrasekaran
  • Whitney & Raja Chatterjee
  • Erik Coover & Peta Kelly-Coover
  • Damon Copeland
  • Ann Corscaden
  • Bruce Davis & Rob Murray
  • Bruno & Carolyn DePalma
  • Joan & Michael Diggs
  • Michael Farn
  • Lloyd & Patricia Fetterly
  • James & Sue Found
  • Susan Fraker
  • Ron Frehner & Deb Murray
  • Katharyn Gerlich
  • Jefferson & Julie Glassie
  • Myra & Drew Goodman
  • Sharon & James Grier
  • Christopher Hale
  • Virginia Hammerness
  • Sig Hansen
  • Larry Hathy
  • Joan Hekimian
  • John & Barbara Hill
  • Charlotte Hubbell
  • Peter Hutchins
  • Rinna & Anthony Johnson
  • Avrohom & Phyllis Kess
  • Anne Knight
  • Carl W Kohls
  • Ann & Ethan Kromhout
  • Laura Laing
  • Parris Lampropoulos
  • Thomas Lemann
  • Dena Levine
  • Elaine Ludwig
  • Lawrence Lundgren
  • David Makower
  • Thomas Malone & Lynne Randall
  • Chris Mann
  • Elizabeth Martin
  • Kelly Mathieson
  • Boyd Matson
  • Franklin McGowan
  • Shelly Meachum
  • Christopher Miller
  • Ron Miller
  • Brenda Mogilnicki & John Shipman
  • Savannah Mozingo
  • John Mulcahy
  • Jonathan & Diane Nathanson
  • Jeff Noblin
  • Office Environments & Services
  • John Ohly
  • Megan & Gavin Oxman
  • Patricia & Steve Oxman
  • Rahul Patel
  • Ryia & Mark Peterson
  • Jason Portnoy
  • William Ramsay
  • Anne Rhodes Lee
  • Joel & Diana Richomme
  • Daniel Robert
  • Robin Roche
  • Joyce Rogers
  • Thomas Rollins
  • Andrew & Vicki Rubenstein
  • Bradley Rupp & Amy H Johnson
  • Alan Schnitzer
  • Scott Smith
  • Claire & Holden Spaht
  • John & Jennifer Spaith
  • Richard Sterling
  • Frances Stevenson
  • Julia Swain
  • Eric Taylor
  • Rudolph Thomas
  • Ayse Tobey
  • Gregory & Mary-Jo Toczydlowski
  • Bart & Deborah Tolbert
  • Cheng Ung
  • Patrick & Beverly Van den Bossche
  • John Van Weeren
  • Connie VanZandt
  • William Walderman
  • Lynda & William Webster
  • Val Welman
  • Sarah Whittemore
  • Alev Yalman
  • Peg Yorkin
  • John Zapp
  • David Zuckerbraun
  • Bob & Julie Abel
  • Eugene N. & Barbara Anderson
  • Alan W. & Bonnie Armentrout
  • Tams Bixby
  • Peter P. Bradley
  • Matthew Bruffey
  • Lois A. Bush
  • Arthur Crampton
  • Natasha Davenport
  • John Dernbach
  • Meredith Devendorf
  • James E. Drake
  • Rosemary Duong
  • Holly Edwards
  • Michael Grant Farn
  • Elizabeth Fennell
  • Michele Garber
  • Harvey N. Gardiner
  • David M. Handelman
  • Gerald Hartzmann
  • Charles Heller
  • Jon Hockman & Kevin Walker
  • Lilo Hoffman
  • Holmes Family Fund
  • Barbara J. Holt
  • Sharon L. Howell
  • Conrad & Paula Hunziker
  • Joe A.F. King
  • Maxwell King
  • Patrick Kinney
  • Gilead Kutnick
  • Richard L. Latterell
  • Frank & Marie Le Bihan
  • Kathy & Dave Lett
  • Rodney S. Lewis
  • Sally Malanga
  • Scott E. Mattson
  • Bradley & Jennifer Meeker
  • Craig Minowa
  • Robert B. Mitchell
  • Harvey E. Morris
  • Kim Noorman
  • Peter J. & Liz O’Neil
  • Debra Onsager
  • Greg Orehowsky
  • Barry Pinto
  • Susan Pitely
  • Henry Pupke
  • Leonard Pysh
  • Beth & Kurt Rakouskas
  • James A. Richardson & Susan Lynch
  • Giuseppe Scagliarini
  • Michael & Melissa Sorvillo
  • Robin & Peter St Louis
  • Stone Family
  • Donald Strickler
  • Ellen Torrey
  • Cheryl Ullman
  • Susan H. & Gaetano Vicinelli
  • Matthew Wilson
  • John Winthrop
  • Joan Woods
  • Charles Zacney
  • Mary & Allan Adams
  • Stephanie Adams
  • Gregory & Hanita Alexander
  • Clifford Anderson
  • Lou Antico
  • Andrew R. Bennett
  • Michelle E. Blank
  • Deborah T. Blankenberg
  • John R. Boname
  • Kathy Bouchard
  • Ron Bowman
  • Bob & Beth Brody
  • Loretta G. Brown
  • William A. Brueske
  • Copeland Burchenal
  • Jeffrey & Julie Burke
  • Ruth Byington
  • Maureen Cafferty
  • Clay Callander
  • Candi S. Campbell
  • Colleen Campbell
  • Annette Canceran Guinter & Erik Barnhart
  • John Caraway
  • Brian Carr
  • Arthur J. & Diana Carroll
  • PeiJon Chen
  • George Chesley
  • Michael Christopher
  • Catherine Cloud
  • Evan Cohn
  • Dennis B. Cook & Susan Lamb
  • Tiffany Cooper
  • Geoffrey M. Craig
  • Edmund B. & Leslie Cronin
  • Melinda Crowe
  • Catherine & Robert Crowley
  • Jo Anna Dale
  • Robert Danese
  • Lisa D. Davis
  • Rod Davis
  • Sharon Donnelly
  • Donald Dorn
  • Kay Drey
  • Robert H. Duemler
  • Richard & Jillian Dwyer
  • William E. Eastham
  • George R. Ehrhardt
  • Jeanne W. Eisenstadt
  • Louise Emmons
  • Wayne L. Feakes
  • John Fee
  • Jonathan & Melissa Ferris
  • Betty H. & Lester Fetty
  • Thomas Fitzgerald
  • Sarah Flores
  • David Forster & Michele Schnyder Forster
  • Mitchell J. Freeman
  • Andrew & Diana Frost
  • Jody Gathright
  • Gerard Gaynor
  • Tani & Eric Gelber
  • Nilhan Gezgin
  • Dave Goblirsch
  • Mary Goelz
  • Richard Goerke
  • David Goslee
  • Blaine L. Gott
  • Christopher G. Green
  • Dan Greenberg
  • Jean Grem
  • Bruce Guthrie
  • Chris Hardcastle
  • Pete Haugk
  • Eldon A. Heibert
  • Preston F. Helgren
  • Olive Hershey Spitzmiller
  • Richard Higgins Carrie Higgins
  • Scott C. Hippensteel
  • Alexander M. Hoffman & Devjani Mishra
  • Thomas A. Holme
  • Allen Hsieh
  • Martin G. & Veronique Hubbard
  • Kevin Hurley
  • David & Diane Hutchins
  • Barbara F. Jaffee
  • Jeffrey A. Jens
  • Don Jochem
  • Betty Kahn
  • G. Kambouris
  • Brian E. Keating
  • Rick & Kathleen Keegan
  • Hugh R. & Molly Kelly
  • Anton W. Knaus
  • Albertina Katharina Kopecky-Sage
  • Joel K. Koplos
  • Doug Kriebel
  • Patricia Lake
  • Juli C. Lasselle
  • Kenneth R. Latham
  • Allen Leab
  • Ben Li
  • Suzanne Marie Link
  • Adriana Luedke
  • Brian Maclean
  • John Maguire
  • William C. Malugen & Nancy Martin
  • Cathy Merckens
  • John S. Meyer
  • Cindy & Lee Michel
  • Timothy I. Michel
  • Michael Miele
  • Howard Miller
  • Rick Moellenkamp
  • Ann K. Molly
  • Kristin R. A. Moore
  • Nancy Moser
  • Kerry J. Newman
  • Ronald E. Nitsos
  • Kimothy Norman
  • John Oehrle
  • Ronald Orth
  • Maureen Osolnik
  • Samuel A. Otis
  • Nicolette Pach & Stephen Kunken
  • Judson M. Parsons
  • Manisha Patel
  • Leslie Perper
  • Juan Pine
  • Michael Radkowsky
  • Paul S. Randall
  • James Reeder
  • Steve & Chris Reiser
  • Robert A. Resnilk
  • James T. Robinson
  • Pat Roessler
  • Mark & Dianna Rose
  • Sudeepto Roy & Valerie Duforet-Roy
  • Kenneth Rugeti
  • Patricia A. Ryan
  • Suzannah Sabin
  • Nicholas Sacco
  • Jason Saleh
  • Clinton Sales
  • Patricia J. Sawvel
  • Marna L. Schenck
  • James & Carolynn Schneck
  • Joan & David Schwerin
  • Penelope P. Scott
  • Daniel Seaman
  • Martha S. Seaman
  • Jessica Seaton
  • Craig Semm
  • John C. Shannon
  • Alistair Sherret
  • Eleanor Sloan
  • Jeane Smay
  • Jewell D. Smith
  • Rick & Jill Smith
  • William J. Smith
  • John B. Snyder
  • Louisa Steed
  • John R. & Sheila Steffenson
  • Toni Sullivan
  • Jennifer Summers
  • John W. Summerville & Danna Johnson
  • Ava Szilagyi
  • James A. Tilley
  • Christie Van Kehrberg
  • Elizabeth V. VanBuren
  • Christine C. Waldmann
  • Carey G. Wall
  • Marvin N. Wall
  • Wendy Weiner
  • Claire Whiting
  • David & Sandra Whitmore
  • James Wilcox
  • Allena Wilke
  • Deborah Willis
  • Matthew & Julia Wills
  • Eileen Wirtchafter
  • Christine Witschi
  • Kenneth Wong
  • Kathryn Wurster
  • Roberta F Wygant
  • Kayle L. Yost
  • Julia Yu
  • Steven & Sallie Zalkind

Corporate Partners

A special thank you to our Lead Corporate Partners for the gifts they made in 2017.

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  • Bambeco
  • Amour Vert
  • SFE Energy
  • Chubb
  • Accella Tire Fill Systems
  • S’well
  • Landscape Structures
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Prudential
  • Arhaus
  • Independent Stave Company
  • Bacardi USA
  • eCO2 Greetings
  • Melitta USA
  • Lee Industries
  • FrontRunner Professional
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Enablon
  • WeWOOD
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Computershare
  • Mark Thomas Company
  • Nouveau Eyewear
  • Adenna
  • Safe Passage Management
  • The Book Company
  • The Vitamin Shoppe
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
  • Larson-Juhl
  • Ecobee
  • United Natural Foods
  • White Pine Fund
  • Drum Workshop
  • Ilmor Engineering
  • CubeSmart
  • Canton Cooperage
  • Mountain Glass Arts, Inc.
  • Backdrops Fantastic
  • The USA Bouquet Company
  • American Chemical Society
  • A Living Tribute
  • Graebel
  • Toadal Fitness
  • Better Planet Paper
  • Reveal
  • Boxcar Press
  • Granberg International
  • Gilt City
  • OYOBox
  • Hardwood Bargains
  • Black and White Construction
  • Falken Tire
  • Third Eye Pinecones
  • Walk On Products
  • American Leather
  • Interface, Inc.
  • William Roam
  • Shaklee
  • Chegg
  • Raw Forest Foods
  • Flo Cycling
  • Working Assets
  • Savvy Rest
  • Specialty Construction, Inc.
  • Special Libraries Association
  • Happyshops Group
  • Urban Forestry Organization
  • Adelman Travel Group
  • Sustainable Solutions Corporation
  • NewLife Industries
  • Pledgeling Foundation
  • ZEAL Optics
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
  • Body Engineering, Inc.
  • Island Slumber
  • Ernst & Young
  • Sidekick Health
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • My Two Movers
  • WATERAX
  • MRPEasy
  • ASAE: Convene Green Alliance
  • Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship Company
  • Lulas Inc
  • Deadwood Revival
  • Upstream Society
  • Richbrands, LLC
  • OH Organics
  • American Bonsai Tool & Supply Co.
  • RAHC
  • Robin Aire
  • Tree Tribe
  • MINDBODY, Inc.
  • Proven Nutrition
  • DuChateau
  • Luxury Trine Media Group
  • Thomas Group Realty LLC
  • Marcolin
  • Top Drawer Furniture
  • Burnett Print Group
  • Corporate Floors Inc.