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American Forests is creating healthy and
resilient forests from cities to wilderness
that deliver essential benefits for
climate, people, water and wildlife.

American Forests has been restoring forests for more than 140 years. And, while we may be the oldest national conservation organization, our work today is more important than ever. Since 1990 alone, we have planted nearly 60 million trees in forest restoration projects in all 50 states. We have also worked in dozens of cities across America, expanding tree canopy and improving the quality of life for residents.

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. At the same time, we are using trees and greenspace to make our communities more sustainable, beautiful and livable.

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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 of forests.

Our Vision

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


Priority Issues

Forests and Climate:
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to forest health, but they are also among the best natural solutions to combat the effects of climate change.

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Forests and Water:
More than half of our drinking water comes from forested ecosystems and trees and forests play a critical role in protecting our nation’s waterways.

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Forests and Wildlife:
Approximately 80 percent of all terrestrial biodiversity, including wildlife, is in forests, where climate change and other forces are threatening habitats.

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Forests and People:
Nearly 3 million jobs in the U.S. are tied to forests, and trees and forests benefit people in countless other ways, from better health to lower energy bills.

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