Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2017) — American Forests and Alcoa Foundation announce a new, three-year partnership to enhance biodiversity and combat climate change in key areas across the globe.
In year one, American Forests will engage 2,500 volunteers and restore more than 140 acres in 11 locations, including cold-water streams in the Pacific Northwest, Brazil’s Amazon Forest, and riparian forests in northern Spain,
In Bellingham, Wash., American Forests will also continue its partnership with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) to restore degraded watersheds. Over the past decade, salmon populations throughout the region have declined drastically and local stocks of Chinook salmon and steelhead have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. NSEA will create volunteer work parties to restore 10 acres of key watershed habitat that cools local streams and helps restore populations.
In Juruti, Brazil, American Forests will continue its partnership with the Vitoria Regia Institute to calculate and offset carbon emissions generated by local trains that transport mine materials from the local Alcoa facility. The institute will work with local landowners and engage volunteers to offset emissions by reforesting 50 acres of native wildlife habitat
Along the northern coast of Spain, American Forest will support Ecoherencia’s efforts to restore riparian forests in Fragas do Eume National Park, engage volunteers and provide environmental education to students.
“Over the next three years, Alcoa Foundation will be working with American Forests to demonstrate our commitment to our employees and to communities around the world to make a positive and long-lasting impact on our shared environment,” said Rosa García Pineiro, Alcoa Foundation President and Sustainability Vice President.