As we walk into a new decade and put 2019 into the rear view mirror, many of us are taking stock of our habits, lifestyles, and bracing for our New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions help hold our feet to the fire, and encourage us to do better for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
For those trying to lessen their negative impact on the environment and do better for our planet, National Forests are a good fit. Why? National Forests cover an incredible 193 million acres (twice the size of the entire National Park System) and contain some of the most spectacular landscapes you’ll ever find. They also are critical for our environment – they provide habitat for thousands of animal species, and play an important role in mitigating climate change.
Our perennial resolution here at the National Forest Foundation is to do better for our incredible National Forest System. With that in mind, we’ve listed a few ways you can resolve to make a difference for our National Forests this year.
Plant Trees on our National Forests
Due to recent wildfires and forest disturbances across the country, there are a staggering 1 million acres of our National Forests in need of reforestation. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to plant 50 million trees. A big goal? Yes indeed. Can we do it? With your help, we can. Every native tree we plant sequesters carbon, improves wildlife habitat and helps ensure a future for our forests. Plant trees on our National Forests in 2020 to make a difference for our planet.
Visit a National Forest
National Forests span the country and are present in 44 states. In fact, seven in ten Americans live within 100 miles of a National Forest. In 2020, make it a resolution to visit a National Forest near you. Bring along your friends and family! Find a Forest.
Cut down on single-use plastics.
Plastic shopping bags take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Why not commit to using less plastic in 2020? Bring along a refillable water bottle on your next hike and a reusable bag on your next grocery run. For a limited time, those who set up a new monthly tree planting donationwill receive a reusable bag to say thank you for your gift!
Support Businesses That Support Our Forests
Consumers are increasingly demanding the companies they support be actively involved in partnerships that contribute toward a greener future. In 2020, consider purchasing from companies that are demonstrating sustainable leadership. We think our corporate partners are a great place to start.
Spread the Word
There’s never been a better time to talk about our environmental impact and how to get involved. In 2020, talk with your loved ones about forests, public lands and how important they are to you. We hope you’ll encourage them to visit a National Forest and connect with us too!