Our projects relate to forest restoration, urban forestry and forest policy. All of them are geared toward helping us reach the goals we have set for 2030. Working with a diverse group of partners, we hope to achieve the following:
- At least 4 billion trees are planted across 16 million acres of North America; climate-smart practices are used to determine what trees to plant, where to plant them and how to manage them.
- In 100 of America’s cities, every under-resourced neighborhood reaches a passing Tree Equity Score — an indicator that the neighborhood has enough trees in the right places so all people benefit from trees.
- At least 100,000 people, particularly those from marginalized communities, have entered jobs in forestry.
Many of our projects are geared toward bringing to life the two pledges we have made as part of the U.S. Chapter of 1t.org. We have pledged to plant 100 million trees in large forested landscapes and 1.2 million in cities across the U.S by 2030.
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Our goals are largely driven by the important role of forests in solving two critical issues. One is climate change. Forests are the best nature-based solution to climate change. Annually, they capture 15 percent of U.S. carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels. They have the potential to capture nearly twice as much if we plant trees and take other actions. The other is social inequities, particularly in cities. In almost every U.S. city, a map of tree cover is also a map of income and race. There often are few trees in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. It is our moral imperative to create Tree Equity so every city resident benefits from trees.
Our work also is driven by a commitment to protect America’s water and wildlife. More than half of America’s drinking water comes from rivers and streams that flow through forests. Forests also are key to addressing our global biodiversity crisis. They provide habitat for 80 percent of terrestrial-based species.