Fortunately, there is growing interest from investors in programs that deliver a financial return, while helping communities and improving the environment. This category of asset, known as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) or “impact investing,” has increased 18-fold since 1995. As of 2018, $12 trillion worth of U.S.-based assets have been invested in SRI portfolios. SRI investments seek to produce profits just like traditional investments, but they also produce positive impacts on a range of issues including the environment, consumer protection, human rights, fair trade, and more.
The NFF has worked for decades to advance collaborative conservation, largely through our Conservation Connect program. This “learning network for collaboration” serves people working together to overcome conflicts around our National Forests. We’re always looking at how we can improve practices, help people learn from each other’s experiences, and build a network of practitioners to advance this work in the years to come. That’s why we’ve launched two new efforts that invest in the future of collaborative forest management.
Your National Forests not only provide recreational opportunities and resources like fresh drinking water and wildlife habitat, they also play a vital role in regulating our climate. Comprising a major portion of America’s forests (public and private), National Forests are one of the largest carbon storage systems in the United States. Across 193 million acres of land, tens of millions of trees from coast to coast help play a vital role in regulating our climate. But exactly how they do that may be surprising.
It turns out that Mom was right after all. It takes some growing up, humility, and open-mindedness—even if grudgingly achieved—to quit the eye-rolling at things our parents said. For my brothers and me, it was “you need to go outside and play.” What? Why do we “need” to do that?
Across the nation, more than 193 million acres of National Forests are all yours to explore. Whether you’re kayaking among icebergs, skiing one of 120-plus ski resorts, exploring saturated rainforests or even finding the perfect place to watch a total solar eclipse, you’re sure to find something superlative in each of our 174 National Forests and Grasslands.