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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: April 8, 2018

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Apparel companies are enforcing environmental standards for their clothing products, Iceland continues its reforestation efforts, and nitrogen can be found in the Earth’s bedrock, not just in the atmosphere. Find out more in this week’s Forest Digest!Read More

Forest Digest: April 1, 2018

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Harmful laughing-gas emissions are released with peatland draining, genetically engineered trees are the proposed solution for improving forest health, and conservationists call for action to protect America’s wildlife. Find out more in this week’s Forest Digest!Read More

Forest Digest: March 25, 2018

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The composition of forests in the eastern U.S. is changing with climate change, and logging, if carefully managed, can help maintain and improve habitats for larger wildlife, like jaguars. Find out more in this week’s Forest Digest! Read More

Science Advisory Board Q&A: Chris Swanston

Chris Swanston is the director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. His studies focusing on climate adaptation and forest soil carbon make him an important addition to American Forests’ Science Advisory Board. Read more to learn about Chris’ work and the expertise he’s bringing to American Forests! Read More

Forest Digest: February 25, 2018

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Learn how tropical trees have adapted to be more drought-resistant, what the “Doorway to the Underworld” crater in Siberia may reveal about climate change, whether the red squirrel is smarter than the gray squirrel or vice versa, and more in this week’s Forest Digest!Read More
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