2018 Year in Review

Creating Healthy and Resilient Forests

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A letter from Jad Daley, American Forests President & CEO

Forests are not just beautiful—they are essential to life on Earth. From city streets to remote wildlands, American Forests is planting new forests to provide clean air, pure drinking water, shade for our cities, homes for endangered wildlife, forest jobs and wood products and much more.

But as our nation faces the alarming effects of climate change, American Forests has realigned our work for a new reality: climate change is rapidly killing our forests and threatening our communities.

In response, we are using cutting-edge climate science to plant resilient forests that can remain healthy, even in the face of changing conditions, and have the potential to naturally capture as much as 30 percent of the carbon emissions that cause climate change.

We are not tackling this challenge alone. Thanks to your support in 2018, American Forests is building a true national movement to deliver forest solutions to climate change and other issues.

Using skills honed over more than 140 years, we are empowering resilient forest restoration across America by sharing our expertise in forest science and tree planting, creating more public funding for forests and using our award-winning communications to inform, engage and inspire. Working with on-the-ground partners as diverse as the U.S. Forest Service and local community tree planting groups, American Forests is known as a true servant leader for our forests.

Forests can deliver solutions for climate change and so much more. Your support is making this possible. Thank you for your contribution to our work in 2018!

Jad Daley, President & CEO

American ReLeaf – Protecting the Future of Forests

Faced with drought, wildfires, pests and disease, our native forest landscapes are in peril as a result of climate change. Meeting these challenges requires smart thinking and galvanizing action to plant climate-adapted trees, develop policy initiatives to emphasize forest-climate solutions and create collaborative plans that benefit all stakeholders.

In 2018, we significantly intensified our work in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a unique biodiversity hotspot, where we have been working and making an impact for more than 20 years. This year, we planted 100,000 trees to continue restoring thornscrub and deepened our engagement with new partnerships supported by new funding. Along with adapting critical thornscrub forest to future climate conditions, our ongoing efforts will continue to provide habitat for over 500 species of songbirds and 300 species of butterfly in this area.

People and economic impact are at the center of our white oak restoration efforts in the Ozarks and Appalachians. The foundation of a thriving forest products market, including the barrel-making process essential for wine and whiskey production, white oak is critical to many jobs and communities but is currently at a conservation crossroads. American Forests is working with on-the-ground partners to create the conditions to sustainably manage the species for future generations.

There are few areas of the country where forests are suffering more than the Sierra Nevada and Southern California Ranges. California has lost 129 million trees since 2010, many in the Sierra Nevada, where American Forests is using science-based planning to expand future forests that can withstand the current climate hardships and continue to provide their essential water and wildlife benefits.

Community ReLeaf – Urban Forests for All People

As American cities have grown and become more densely populated, American Forests has advocated for more equitable distribution of urban trees and greenspaces so they can benefit everyone. From tree canopy analysis and strategic tree planting to mitigating heat island effect and reducing the dangers caused by storms and flooding, our urban forestry work prioritizes underserved neighborhoods and people.

A new aspect of our equity focus in cities in 2018 was urban forestry workforce development. American Forests is advancing efforts to grow long-term tree care jobs for the underemployed. Working with tree nursery partners in Detroit and an urban wood reclamation and reuse start-up in Baltimore, American Forests is piloting projects that are the foundation for future expansion of urban forest-related workforce training programs.

American Forests continues to strategically plant trees based on data and science. In Houston, damaging flooding and excessive stormwater run-off are inextricably linked to lack of sufficient tree canopy cover. Our restoration work there this past year has been in direct response to Hurricane Harvey. Miami-Dade County also faced tree canopy loss in multiple hurricanes last year and continues to be one the fastest-warming metropolitan areas in the U.S. The trees we plant in Miami-Dade not only replace lost canopy but also reduce ground-level temperatures and absorb storm surges.

Of greatest concern to American Forests is the well-being of vulnerable people who have few options in merciless heat waves or extreme weather. These are the communities that we prioritize, and this focus determines where we invest in restoring tree canopy that grows in value and impact.

2019 Big Moves

American Forests has launched a Climate Leadership Strategy that paves the way for catalytic action on climate change by mobilizing forestry organizations, companies and agencies across America to leverage wildland and urban forests as a climate solution. We will lead this work through partnerships, research and science, policy advocacy and on-the-ground forest restoration. We are extremely grateful for your commitment to our work. Your financial support makes this—and all our work—possible. Thank you!

Thank You to Our Members

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

  • Anonymous
  • Robert & Julie Abel
  • Mrs. William Abel Smith
  • Ana Acha
  • George Adamopoulos
  • William Albertson
  • Brian Alexander
  • Martin Alloy
  • Reed P. Anthony
  • Andris A. Baltins
  • Brian & Kimberly Barber
  • John E. Baumgardner
  • Christophe & Cecile Bellito
  • Charles Betlach II
  • William Bohnett*
  • Elisabeth T. Bottler
  • Kathy Bouchard
  • Zimmermann* & Terry Boulos
  • Robert G. Bourdon*
  • Jennifer Broome
  • Tom Brownell & Carole Hakshian
  • Marney S. Bruce
  • Judith & Frederick Buechner
  • Blake & Dorothy Cady
  • Sheldon Campbell
  • Jonathan M. Carp
  • Carol A. Carpenter
  • Ann B. Catts
  • David R. Clifton
  • Damon Copeland
  • Ann Corscaden
  • Doug Cowan
  • Frederick Cowett
  • Donna* & Slate Dabney
  • Jad Daley
  • Natasha Davenport
  • Roderick* & Ann Marie DeArment
  • Bruno & Carolyn DePalma
  • Joan Diggs
  • Rosemary Duong
  • Robert & Luciana Duvall
  • Holly Edwards
  • Jeff* & Audrey Elliott
  • Matthew Erickson
  • M. Grant Farn
  • Lloyd & Patricia Fetterly
  • James & Sue Found
  • Sam & Marilyn Fox
  • Katharyn A. Gerlich
  • Frank & Agnes Godchaux
  • Douglas G. Golann
  • The Goodman Family
  • Sharon & James Grier
  • Zack Grossbart
  • Aaron Haas & Catherine Gobbi
  • Christopher Hale
  • Virginia Hammerness
  • Jim Handy
  • Rosetta W. Harris Charitable Lead Trust-C
  • Larry Hathy
  • William* & Theresa Hazelton
  • Grant Hilde
  • John & Barbara Hill
  • Daniel Hochman
  • Holmes
  • James C Horgan Trust
  • Charlotte Hubbell
  • Peter Hutchins
  • Rinna & Anthony Johnson
  • Jerry Jung
  • Richard* & Rhonda Kabat
  • William & Ann Kast
  • Avrohom J. Kess
  • Brian Kirkland
  • Carl W Kohls
  • Laura Laing
  • Leslie Lanphear
  • David & Yi Larson
  • Kenneth R. Latham
  • Thomas B. Lemann
  • Heidi & John Lesinski
  • Kathy & Dave Lett
  • Dena & Ron Levine
  • Bruce M. Lisman*
  • Elaine C. Ludwig
  • Lawrence A. Lundgren
  • David Makower
  • Thomas Malone & Lynne Randall
  • William C. Malugen & Nancy M. Martin
  • Chris Mann
  • Kelly Mathieson
  • Daniel May
  • Franklin McGowan
  • Karen L. McKinley
  • Shelly Meachum
  • Bradley & Jennifer Meeker
  • Christopher Miller
  • Ron Miller
  • Brenda Mogilnicki & John Shipman
  • Harvey E. Morris
  • John Mulcahy
  • Jonathan Nathanson
  • Ann* & Wes Nichols
  • Jeff Noblin
  • John Ohly
  • Megan & Gavin Oxman
  • Theresa Perenich
  • Ryia & Mark Peterson
  • Marie Pfaff
  • James & Judy Pizzagalli
  • Charles Polsky
  • Jason & Anne Marie Portnoy
  • Roger & Heather Preis
  • Henry Pupke
  • William D. Ramsay
  • Elisa Rapaport*
  • Anne R. Rhodes Lee
  • James Richardson & Susan Lynch
  • Daniel Robert
  • Robin & Terence Roche
  • Thomas Rollins
  • Mickie Rops
  • Steven & Beverly Rubenstein Charitable Foundation
  • Louisa Rubinfien
  • Bradley R. Rupp & Amy H. Johnson
  • Alan Schnitzer
  • Seidman Family Foundation
  • Jonathan Silver* & Melissa Moss
  • Lea Sloan
  • Scott Smith
  • Claire & Holden Spaht
  • John & Jennifer Spaith
  • Scott Steen
  • Robert* & Suzanne Steinberg
  • Richard Sterling
  • Frances W. Stevenson
  • Robert Stillman
  • Julia Swain
  • Brian Swibel
  • William & Lisa Sykes
  • Ayse Tobey
  • Rebecca Turner
  • Gregory & Mary-Jo Toczydlowski
  • Bart & Deborah Tolbert
  • John Van Weeren
  • Connie L. Van Zandt
  • Vernon F. Vikingson
  • Mary Wagner* & Jeff Waalkes
  • William Walderman
  • Lynda & William Webster
  • Val Welman
  • Sarah Whittemore
  • John Winthrop
  • Martha Wyckoff
  • Alev Yalman
  • Peg Yorkin
  • John Zapp

*Members of the Board

  • Robert & Julie Abel
  • Alan & Bonnie Armentrout
  • Janet Baggenstoss
  • Cindi Buckley
  • Lois Bush
  • Carol Carpenter
  • Robert Cline
  • Tiffany & Steve Cooper
  • Jill & Harold Draper
  • Rosemary Duong
  • Elisabeth Fidler & Martha Carey
  • Michele Garber
  • Sharon Howell
  • Betty Kahn
  • Joe King
  • Anton & Nadine Knaus
  • Elizabeth Martin
  • Bradley & Jennifer Meeker
  • Kim Noorman
  • Lill Ordaz & Eileen Heinrich
  • Gregg Orehowsky
  • Hilvie Ostrow
  • Leonard Pfeiffer & Anna Gunnarsson
  • James & Judy Pizzagalli
  • Henry Pupke
  • Sam Rose & Julie Walters
  • Alistair Sherret
  • Nancy Lynn Squier
  • Donald Strickler
  • Ava Szilagyi
  • Eric Taylor
  • Rudolph Thomas
  • Connie Van Zandt
  • Lelia Vaughan
  • John Winthrop
  • Joan Woods
  • Roswitha Augusta
  • David & Robin Basham
  • Marvin Bellin
  • Sandra Benitez
  • Ron Bowman
  • William Brueske
  • Clay Callander
  • Lois Carpenter
  • Sandra & Jeffrey Chang
  • Michael Christopher
  • Dennis Cook & Susan Lamb
  • Edmund & Leslie Cronin
  • Robert Danese
  • Natasha Davenport
  • Barbara David
  • John Dernbach
  • Joan Diggs
  • Donald Dorn
  • Robert Duemler
  • Erin Edson
  • Harvey & Phyllis Gardiner
  • Jody Gathright
  • Sally Graham
  • Jean Grem
  • Marjorie & Nick Grenville
  • Bruce Guthrie
  • Sig Hansen
  • Pete Haugk
  • Richard Helfrich
  • Charles Heller
  • Barbara Hespenheide
  • Richard & Carrie Higgins
  • John & Barbara Hill
  • Scott Hippensteel
  • Lilo Hoffman
  • David & Diane Hutchins
  • Robert Ing
  • Patty & Peter Jenkins
  • J. Kambouris
  • Hugh & Molly Kelly
  • Kenneth R. Latham
  • Ann & Carlton Manzano
  • Dorothy Mayer
  • Cindy & Lee Michel
  • Kristin Moore
  • Kimothy Norman
  • Ronald Orth & Ives Jaramillo
  • Judson Parsons
  • Ivan Paykov
  • Leslie Perper
  • Anne Powell
  • Beth & Kurt Rakouskas
  • Andrew Rich & Whitney Mathias
  • Robin & Terence Roche
  • Joyce Rogers
  • Sudeepto Roy & Valerie Duforet-Roy
  • Suzannah Sabin
  • Karen Schwabb
  • Penelope Scott
  • Jessica Seaton
  • Earl Sheldon
  • Barbara Siepierski
  • Jewell Smith
  • Bruce Stephenson
  • Don Stucky
  • Bianca Szyperski
  • Marvin Wall
  • David & Sandra Whitmore
  • Christine Witschi
  • Kenneth Wong

Corporate Partners

Special thanks to our Lead Corporate Partners for the gifts they made in 2018.

  • A Living Tribute
  • Accella Tire Fill Systems
  • Account Medical
  • Adelman Travel Group
  • Adenna
  • American Bonsai Tool & Supply Co.
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Leather
  • Ar nDraiocht Fein: A Druid Fellowship Company
  • Arhaus
  • Arme De L’amour
  • Bacardi USA
  • Backdrops Fantastic
  • Black and White Construction
  • Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions
  • Chegg
  • Chubb
  • Clif Bar & Company
  • Computershare
  • CubeSmart
  • Deadwood Revival Design
  • Delta Dental
  • Dito Decorators
  • Drum Workshop
  • DuChateau
  • eCO2 Greetings
  • Ecobee
  • Enablon
  • Equiniti Trust Company
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Favorite World Press
  • Flo Cycling
  • FrontRunner Professional
  • GenScript
  • Graebel
  • Granberg International
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Hardwood Bargains
  • Ice-O-Matic
  • IHP Refinery
  • Ilmor Engineering
  • Interface, Inc
  • Island Slumber
  • Lake Street Apparel
  • Landscape Structures
  • Larson-Juhl
  • Lee Industries
  • Leggett & Platt
  • LumberUnion
  • Marcolin
  • Mark Thomas Company
  • Melitta USA
  • Mountain Glass Arts, Inc.
  • Norwex
  • Passion Planner
  • Plant People
  • Pledgeling Foundation
  • Pro League Haircuts
  • Prudential
  • Pur Projet
  • Rainin
  • Reveal
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • S’well
  • Safe Passage Management
  • Savvy Rest
  • Shaklee
  • Sit ‘n Sleep
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
  • Sumitomo Rubber North America
  • Sustainable Solutions Corporation
  • The Book Company
  • The Co-op Funeral Home of People’s Memorial
  • The Sak Brand Group
  • Third Eye Pinecones
  • Totara
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Tree Tribe
  • United Natural Foods
  • Urban Forestry Organization
  • Vikre Distillery
  • Walk On Products
  • WATERAX
  • WeWOOD
  • White Pine Fund
  • Whole Foods
  • William Roam
  • Yonder
  • ZEAL Optic

Federal and Foundation Partners

Thank you to our federal and foundation partners for supporting our work in 2018.

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation
  • James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation
  • JPB Foundation
  • Sant Foundation
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • Yellowstone to Yukon