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American Forests advocates for bipartisan policies that support the restoration of our native forest landscapes and expansion of our urban forests. We drive increased awareness of the many benefits that forests provide, including the mitigation of climate change, and work needed to help forests adapt and combat the related threats to their vitality.

American Forests was founded in 1875 by a group of concerned citizens who viewed policy – federal and state legislative and administrative actions – as key ways to affect change. From establishing the national forest reserves and the formation of the U.S. Forest Service to the passage of the Weeks Act and establishing the practice of urban forest management, American Forests has helped shape the management of our forests across the landscape.

American Forests continues this legacy to this day.

Embedded within each of our programs and projects is a policy strategy to further our efforts in protecting and restoring urban and native forest landscapes.  We work with our diverse network of partners to ensure they have the tools and resources available to achieve these goals, from engaging their communities to advocating for local, state and regional actions to help these forests.

What’s New

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American Forests’ VP of Policy Heads to the Hill. Read More

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Policy Work

American Forests cannot do this work alone. Together with diverse partners, we advocate for sound policy through coalitions. It is when a message is magnified by many voices that policymakers take notice and change occurs.

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Let’s Reforest America to Act on Climate!

Across much of the United States, America’s forests are facing unprecedented threats from climate change, including rising temperatures, increased and prolonged drought, extreme weather events, pests and pathogens, and larger and more severe wildfires. America’s forests sequester carbon, clean our air and water, and provide timber, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities for millions of people. When we lose forests to fire and disease, we lose these benefits as well. Learn more here.

Working Group

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholder organizations working to develop consensus recommendations and information for federal and state policies that involve forests and climate change. American Forests is the co-chair and convener of the FCWG, having been a member since its inception.

Sustainable Urban
Forest Coalition

SUFC is an assembly of national organizations working to advance a unified urban forest agenda for our nation’s communities. American Forests is a founding member and sits on the steering committee, as well as being the chair of the Policy Working Group since 2010.

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Coalition

CFLR Coalition ensures the success and effectiveness of the U.S. Forest Service CFLR program that encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. It was created in 2009 to promote forest health, reliable wood supply, job stability,and reduce emergency wildfire costs and risks. American Forests is a founding member and sits on the steering committee.

Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition

FIFB Coalition comprises of more than 100 organizations, landowners, academics, professional association that all believe Congress and the Administration must work to ensure that the Farm Bill provides the necessary resources to support the healthy management and conservation of America’s private and family-owned forests that provide a multitude of public benefits. American Forests has been a member since the beginning of the coalition.

Outdoor Alliance for Kids

OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. American Forests is a member and sits on the National Policy Action Team.

  • Coop Forestry Publication: Discover the projects and partners that make up the U.S. Forest Service’s Cooperative Forestry program.
  • Urban Forest Case Studies: With more than 80 percent of the U.S. population now calling urban areas home, finding solutions to these issues that fit within a city’s budgetary constraints, while also enhancing the city for the better, is of tantamount importance.
  • Endangered Species Act Toolkit: Be a voice for wildlife with these ways to get in touch with Congress and spread the word about forest habitats for animals!

Our Experts

Alexandra Murdoch, Vice President of Policy

Phone: 202.370.4505
Email Alix

Rebecca Turner, Chief Strategy Officer

Phone: 202.370.4521
Email Rebecca