Think of a federal policy in the United States that relates to the country’s forests and it is very likely that American Forests was a leader in getting it enacted. The law, for example, that led to the creation of the U.S. Forest Service in 1905. Or the one a few years later that gave the federal government authority to buy and protect eastern U.S. forests, such as the land that’s now the White Mountain and George Washington national forests. And, more recently, a 2018 law that provides long-term funding for preventing and fighting forest fires.
We have a 145-year track record of getting bipartisan-supported laws and government programs like these created or amended — all so we and others can restore large forest landscapes and create urban forests.
Currently, much of our work on laws and government programs relates to 1t.org, a World Economic Forum-led (and American Forests-supported) platform for governments, corporations, nonprofits and individuals worldwide who have made or will make commitments to increase the number of trees on the planet and/or prevent the loss of trees that are already in the ground. This will, collectively, add up to 1 trillion healthy trees globally by 2030.