We cannot solve climate change without fully using the power of forests to help capture and store carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activity. More than 14 percent of U.S. carbon emissions each year are absorbed by our forests, and there is potential to grow this natural carbon sink with actions like planting more trees.

Yet it is also clear that climate change is weakening and even killing our forests with alarming speed. From dramatic tree mortality and high-intensity wildfire across the West to changing tree species composition and declining forest health in the East, our forests are struggling to adjust to the rapid changes in our climate.

At this pivotal moment for our forests and the overall health of our planet, American Forests has stepped into a national leadership role to deliver forest solutions to climate change. American Forests is the nation’s first forest conservation organization, founded in 1875, and leads the 37-member Forest-Climate Working Group, the nation’s only sector-wide coalition working on forest-based carbon mitigation. American Forests’ President & CEO Jad Daley was the co-founder of the Forest-Climate Working Group in 2007, and has served as co-chair since that time.

American Forests has 25 years of experience advancing carbon sequestration through reforestation projects conducted in partnership with federal and state agencies and other partners, having planted more than 55 million trees in all 50 states.

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Forest Digest: August 5, 2018

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Revealing the influence of climate change - including droughts having negative impacts on soil - California pioneering ‘Energy Justice’ and more – find it in the latest Forest Digest!Read More

Forest Digest: July 22, 2018

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UNESCO site threatened, ambitious city greenspace, climate change shifting seasons and more – find it in the latest Forest Digest!Read More

Forest Digest: July 15, 2018

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Committing to urban trees, World Heritage sites threatened, a red spruce comeback and more – find it in the latest Forest Digest!Read More

Forest Digest: June 10, 2018

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American Forests and RFF talk carbon, MIT climate experiment, poor countries hit hard by climate change, Hawaii going carbon neutral and more – find it in the latest Forest Digest! Read More

Why I’m Here: Writing to Make a Difference

June 7th, 2018|Tags: , , |

After one life changing trip backpacking through the Northern Cascades, Dorothy became passionate about conservation and interested in environmental activism. As an editorial intern at American Forests, she is combining her love for writing and the planet to bring attention to the issues plaguing our natural world.Read More
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