Forests are one of the most vital ecosystems on the planet, essential for life on earth.

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.

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.

Redwood National Park

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which forests are thriving and valued for their significant environmental, societal and economic benefits.

Six Core Beliefs

  1. Forest are essential to life on earth.
  2. We are not separate from nature. By caring for nature, we care for ourselves.
  3. Resilient forests slow the effects of climate change, provide more abundant drinking water and improve air quality.
  4. Eighty percent of land-based biodiversity is in forests. Healthy, functioning forests protect these animal species from extinction and other grave threats.
  5. 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.
  6. Forests recover slowly, so the time to act is now.

New Jersey Tree Foundation Director Lisa Simms demonstrates tree planting for the volunteers.

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.

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