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.