Washington, D.C.; May 7, 2013 — American Forests is encouraged by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement today that it is releasing $475.25 million in emergency Hurricane Sandy disaster relief appropriations. We support the department’s decision to help the affected communities and ecosystems recover by funding 234 projects to repair and rebuild parks, refuges and other Interior assets. Helping restore area’s damaged by Hurricane Sandy is a strong environmental concern, which is why American Forests is working with New Jersey’s Asbury Park community to rebuild its urban forest, which was destroyed by the hurricane. Recovering from storms of this magnitude requires partnerships among many entities, and we’re encouraged to see the Department of the Interior building partnerships to help rebuild communities.