By Brian Kittler, American Forests’ Senior Director of Forest Restoration

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Kuldeep Singh, the Nursery Manager at L A Moran Reforestation Center (LAMRC) in Davis, California, inspects a conifer seedling in the shade house. Credit: Luciane Coletti / American Forests

As the world barrels towards 1.5 degrees of planetary warming, healthy forests are coming into laser focus as the best nature-based solution for slowing climate change. In the United States, the opportunity to create healthy forests is enormous. The Reforestation Hub shows that 133 million acres across the country could be reforested.

But as governments, companies and others gear up for mass reforestation, a big question remains: Where exactly will we get billions of seedlings to grow what we need on the land that has the highest potential for reforestation…


By Eric Sprague, Vice President of Forest Restoration for American Forests

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Across the eastern United States, there is a troubling lack of young white oaks. Credit: Katja Schulz CC BY 2.0

White oaks are known as the “kings” of eastern forests for their huge stature, abundance, and provision of natural benefits like wildlife habitat. But the future of this important species is at risk. There is an almost complete absence of young white oaks in woodlands along the East Coast. Recent analysis by the White Oak Initiative shows that almost 90% of mature white oak acres in the east have no oak saplings present.

Young white oaks are rapidly declining for a variety of reasons, including the suppression of natural…


The REPLANT Act would protect whitebark pine, a keystone high-elevation tree species
By Jad Daley, president and CEO of American Forests

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Melissa Jenkins, formerly with the U.S. Forest Service, inspects a whitebark pine tree in Montana.

You might have seen the alarming news that disease and climate change have so decimated whitebark pine that this iconic tree species is now proposed for inclusion on the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list. We can save the whitebark pine. And we must. This should start with one big policy move: passing the bipartisan REPLANT Act to accelerate replanting of whitebark pine on America’s national forests.

To understand the urgency of this solution, we must first understand the…


It’s time to ensure that all people benefit from what trees offer to the world
By Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests

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Today marks a step toward climate justice. American Forests launched Tree Equity Score, the first-ever effort to map tree cover against such critical variables as race, age, income and heat risk in every urban area of the United States. Extreme heat, in particular, kills more people in our country each year than any other type of extreme weather does, and these risks are worsening rapidly with climate change.

Tree Equity Score shows where we are and…


The rules of the game have changed
By American Forests Vice President of Forest Restoration Eric Sprague

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Photo by Nikolay Zaborskikh/Shutterstock

Tree planting is often the most recognizable form of reforestation. But forests have their own way to recover after severe wildfires and other incidents that result in tree loss. It’s called natural regeneration. Wind and wildlife carry tree seeds to disturbed areas, where the seeds germinate and eventually grow a new forest. Oaks and some other trees can even resprout from their roots if the trunk dies, the fresh shoots taking advantage of newly opened habitat. Across the U.S., …


Trees are life-saving infrastructure
By Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests

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With 2020 on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, we get daily reminders of America’s greatest climate change threat: extreme heat. Extreme heat generally kills more people in our country each year than any other type of extreme weather, and sickens many times more. We must build heat resilient communities that equitably protect every neighborhood, including natural cooling from trees.

We are far from this goal today. Lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color are, on average, much hotter due to systemic inequities that include…


Federal legislation would quadruple funding to reforest America
By Jad Daley, President & CEO of American Forests

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At this perilous moment in our history, America’s public lands can drive the economic recovery and environmental renewal we so urgently need. The REPLANT Act, introduced today by a bipartisan coalition in Congress, will play a pivotal role in capturing this opportunity. This landmark legislation will enable the U.S. Forest Service to dramatically increase the pace of reforesting America’s 193 million acres of national forests — providing enough funding to regenerate 1.2 …


Plant the right tree in the right place, using the right techniques for climate resilience.
By Jad Daley, President & CEO of American Forests

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First part of the recipe is choosing the right trees to plant, such as these disease-resistant whitbark pine trees (growing in an Idaho nursery). Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

The surging excitement around the world about using trees to help solve climate change has converged on the visionary goal of one trillion trees globally by 2030.

But this movement is now tinged with nervousness in some circles. New research and reporting, focused on a few poorly conceived reforestation projects, has raised questions about the ability to responsibly reforest billions more trees each year in ways that will be ecologically appropriate and climate resilient.

If your…


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By Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests

Do you love the Appalachian forests? The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on legislation that would double funding for purchasing — from willing sellers — land that can be added to our Appalachian national forests and other priceless public landscapes. With more than 30 percent of private land around many Appalachian national forests and other public land at risk of development, the Great American Outdoors Act is a now or never opportunity to conserve our Appalachian natural heritage.

We have come a long way in conserving our Appalachian…


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New global reforestation movement takes off
By Jad Daley, President & CEO of American Forests

Arbor Day 2020 arrives as America is living through a public health crisis unparalleled in the last century. The combined loss of life, employment and even simple free movement are felt deeply across our nation. In the face of such a profound national crisis, it might seem logical to skip our annual day of celebration for America’s trees and forests.

But America has a proud history of rally, not retreat, in the face of our greatest challenges. That is why I believe we need to…

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