American Forests (americanforests.org) is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization and is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests.
The Global ReLeaf program has worked with local partners to plant trees in every state in the US, and in 38 countries around the world. Millions of trees have been planted with our help in areas damaged by natural causes or human activity.
Because natural disasters like severe storms and intense wildfires can damage or destroy large numbers of trees, the program works to replant the areas that have been deforested. After Hurricane Katrina, American Forests worked with Gulf Coast communities to get new trees planted as quickly as possible. And each year, many of the projects in western forests are aimed at replanting areas that can no longer regenerate naturally because of high-intensity burns.
Restoration of any woodland will provide habitat for a wide variety of creatures, and some projects have been planted specifically to provide food and shelter for birds and animals as their habitats are destroyed or degraded by climate change, wildfire, human activity, or a number of other causes.
Millions of acres damaged by wildfire urgently need native trees to prevent erosion and provide habitat for wildlife. These trees will purify our water, clean the air we breathe, and sequester climate-changing carbon dioxide for generations to come.