There is a lot you can do to ensure that forests in cities and rural America are healthy for this generation and beyond. Be a voice for forests by asking your elected officials to support legislation that will restore forests. Follow tips on the right way to plant a tree at home. Pledge to be a forest champion. And more.
Ask Congress to advance tree planting bills
On the heels of the historic investment in the USDA Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program, we must involve other federal agencies in the fight against extreme heat. These bills will enable the federal government to take a more comprehensive approach to delivering lasting impacts in communities.
Ask the EPA to invest in trees
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the opportunity to deliver natural climate solutions directly to our cities through one of the most effective carbon-storing, heat-lowering natural climate solutions available: trees.
Ask Secretary Pete Buttigieg to prioritize Tree Equity
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 invested unprecedented levels of funding in programs to combat climate change, create jobs and support local economies. As the U.S. Department of Transportation implements these historic laws, there are opportunities within the Neighborhood Access and Equity and Reconnecting Communities grant programs to include support for urban and community tree planting.
Lower Your Energy Bills
Plant trees near your house and you will likely see your energy bills go down. The trees will provide shade and block the wind, so you won’t have to crank your air conditioner and heater. The TREES Act would result in 300,000 more trees planted annually, particularly in the many underserved communities of the United States where trees are sparse.