Wildfires in the United States are more deadly and destructive than ever before. They have destroyed twice as much forestland in the last several decades than in previous ones. As a result, massive mudslides are occurring more frequently, often blocking major thoroughfares that help keep our economy running. Forests are not healthy enough to absorb as much carbon as they potentially could. Iconic trees are at risk of being burned to the ground.
In U.S. cities, 12,000 heat-related deaths are happening annually, partly due to sparse tree cover in underserved communities.
This is an epic crisis. But there is an epic solution — $50 billion in federal funding to save existing forests and bring degraded and destroyed forests back to life. The funding is in two pieces of legislation Congressional leaders are set to vote on imminently: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Build Back Better Act, also known as the budget reconciliation bill.
Ask your Congressional leaders to make history by securing this unprecedented funding for our forests.