Our Roots
Run Deep
American Forests is the oldest
national nonprofit conservation
organization in the United States
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Since our founding in 1875, we have been the pathfinders for creating healthy forests from coast to coast. For example, we championed the creation of the U.S. Forest Service and have persuaded Congress to provide stable funding for fighting and preventing forest fires. Our deep knowledge of forests and track record of collaboration position us to build a reforestation movement in America.

Our Mission

American Forests creates healthy and resilient forests, from cities to large natural landscapes, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building.

Photo: Day’s Edge Productions / American Forests
Photo: Day’s Edge Productions / American Forests

Our Vision

We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people.

Our Values

We embrace diverse perspectives, focus on the most pressing issues of the day, empower others and engage in projects, even if the results are only experienced by future generations.

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Our Programs

We help ensure that large forest landscapes are healthy and resilient to the impacts of climate change. In cities, we help develop and bring to life plans for planting and caring for trees in the neighborhoods that need trees the most.

Our Projects
Our projects range from working with local partners to plant trees to educating U.S. Congressional leaders about new policies and programs that could help reforest America.
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Our History

American Forests has been at the forefront of every positive change that has happened in the nation’s forests and has always stood up for healthy forests.

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Our Approach

We develop tools and conduct scientific research in our Innovation Lab, creating partnerships in cities and forest landscapes and build movements that inspire change related to two of the most pressing issues of the day: climate change and social equity.

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Our Team

Our team of 50+ people includes scientists, experts in urban forestry and large-scale forest restoration, people who know how to create and lead coalitions, policy experts and others.

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There is a lot you can do to ensure that our forests in cities and large landscapes are healthy for generations to come. Be a voice for forests.
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Every gift helps American Forests restore forests in cities and large landscapes — for people, wildlife and the planet. Give today and help us protect forests for tomorrow.
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