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RESTORING AMERICA’S FOREST LANDSCAPES

American Forests’ landscape-scale restoration work is driven by one unifying goal: to restore North America’s native forest landscapes to full health and long-term resilience.

Our American ReLeaf program is taking action to heal our forests by replanting forests on damaged lands and leading other forest restoration actions to create resilient, healthy forests for our future.

Across North America, millions of acres of native forests have been lost or degraded by disasters like wildfires, pests, and disease, as well as human actions like mining, development, and widespread clearing for unsustainable practices. Forest restoration can bring our native forests back — and all the natural benefits they provide society — while also creating green jobs at the same time.

Restoring Forest Landscapes
Restoring Forest Landscapes

using SCIENCE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Bringing a forest back to health requires more than just planting trees. Our work includes actions like collecting seeds from the strongest “mother trees” to grow whitebark pine seedlings that are resistant to disease, using prescribed fire to promote oak forests, and partnering with scientists to plan restoration for the tree species and climate conditions that are expected in the future.

Our American ReLeaf team brings deep expertise in the science and practice of forest restoration to power our unique change model for landscape-scale restoration. Working with the U.S. Forest Service, other government agencies and a variety of on-the-ground partners, we combine skills and resources to accomplish more for our forests than any organization could do alone.

Priority Landscapes

Climate change poses a profound threat to America’s forests. But with the support of our partners, we’re restoring native forests. Here are just a few places our science-based work is making an impact.

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Lower Rio Grande Valley/Texas Thornscrub

Replanting biologically rich Texas thornscrub forests — down to just 10 percent of their original range — to reconnect habitats for the endangered ocelot and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies.

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Ozarks and Appalachians/White Oak and Red Spruce Forests

Restoring two native forest types in the region’s many abandoned minelands and other opportunity areas, with a special emphasis on sustaining the region’s forest-based economy and protecting headwater streams.

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Northern Rockies and Cascades/High-Elevation White Pines

Cultivating and replanting whitebark pine and other pines that provide essential food and shelter for species like grizzly bear, but being decimated across the mountains of the American and Canadian West by wildfire, disease and climate change.

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Helping California’s Forests Adapt to Climate Change

California’s forests are among the most carbon-rich forests in the world, supply greater than 65 percent of the state’s drinking water. Yet, these forests are facing unprecedented threats from a changing climate, increased and prolonged drought, and more severe wildfire activity.

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Priority Landscapes

Climate change poses a profound threat to America’s forests. But with the support of our partners, we’re restoring native forests. Here are just a few places our science-based work is making an impact.

Lower Rio Grande Valley/Texas Thornscrub

learn more

Ozarks and Appalachians/White Oak and Red Spruce Forests

learn more

Northern Rockies and Cascades/High-Elevation White Pines

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Helping California’s Forests Adapt to Climate Change

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Our Experts

Eric Sprague, Vice President of Forest Restoration

Phone: 202.370.4516
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Austin Rempel, Forest Conservation Manager

Phone: 202.370.4519
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Rebecca Turner, Chief Strategy Officer

Phone: 202.370.4521
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