We believe all voices can and should be heard. This approach has made it possible for us to inspire people with differing viewpoints to come together to share ideas and, ultimately, unite around solutions. A message magnified by many voices is what makes policymakers take notice.
The Forest-Climate Working Group, staffed and co-led by American Forests, is one such coalition. It is the nation’s only forest sector coalition on climate change. Something the coalition does for every Congress is create a policy platform. The platform for the 117th Congress includes recommendations for how to maintain and expand forest cover; improve forest practices for carbon, adaptation and resilience; advance markets for forest carbon, forest products and skilled labor; and enhance climate data and applied science.
American Forests also is a founding member of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, an assembly of national organizations working to advance a unified urban forest agenda.
And American Forests works with The Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation on several fronts, such as developing federal policy recommendations that have the greatest potential for maintaining and enhancing America’s national forest capacity to contribute as a natural climate solution. The group’s report, Revitalizing America’s Forests, identifies the climate-informed planning and policy tools the U.S. Forest Service and its support network need in order to restore and manage national forests in ways that ensure their resilience in the face of these threats, protect clean drinking water, support biodiversity, and secure these public lands for future generations.
Our newest collaboration relates to urban forestry. We are working with the Trust for Public Land, the Urban Drawdown Initiative, the Davey Tree Expert Co. and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network to galvanize support for the protection and expansion of urban and community forests through the Trees for Community Recovery campaign.