American Forests works in native forest landscapes across North America. By building dynamic partnerships across sectors, our American ReLeaf program implements science-based restoration efforts to ensure the long-term health and resiliency of our forests.
Northern Rockies and Cascades
Whitebark pine and other high-elevation, five-needle white pines are under substantial attack from pest infestations, fatal diseases and intense wildfires, all of which are exacerbated by climate change. We are working with partners in the region to create a restoration plan focused on climate adaptation, plant disease-resistant trees and spread awareness on how important these forests are.
Lower Rio Grande Valley
Texas thornscrub once covered nearly 95 percent of this region, which is one of the most biodiverse areas in North America. However, decades of agricultural use and rapid development have fragmented much of the thornscrub forest, negatively impacting critical habitat for migratory birds and butterflies, and the endangered ocelot. We’re working to connect habitat and restore these forests through science-based planning and reforestation.
Ozarks and Appalachians
While white oak forests have sustained our country for centuries, the species’ future is less certain. White oak seedlings face threats to survival from too many deer, repeated pest infestations and minimal fire disturbances. American Forests has launched a coordinated effort to join with other stakeholders to make sure these forests are restored and sustainably managed for the future.
California’s forests are among the most carbon-rich forests in the world, supply greater than 65 percent of the state’s drinking water. Yet, these forests are facing unprecedented threats from a changing climate, increased and prolonged drought, and more severe wildfire activity.
Other Project Landscapes
Southern Piedmont & Plains
Less than 3 percent of longleaf pine exists in its historical range across the South. American Forests is helping bring back biologically rich longleaf pine forests to create intact habitat areas for iconic wildlife like the red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise.
Lake Champlain Basin
American Forests is replanting riparian forests along rivers and streams to curb the water pollution from farms that has fouled Lake Champlain with toxic blue algae.
Northern Great Lakes
American Forests is working with partners in Michigan and Ontario to replant jack pine and red pine forests to help sustain this unique habitat type that is essential to the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. Plantings in Ontario are supporting the northward shift of this habitat type in the face of climate change.