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Why Reforest National Forests?

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By planting trees on National Forests, we are investing in healthy forests for today and for future generations. Together, we will reforest tens of thousands of acres of habitat and protect watersheds that provide life’s most sustaining resource for thousands of communities and some of our largest cities.

When wildfire, insects or disease impact National Forests, the timely establishment of seedlings helps jumpstart forest recovery. Tree planting following disturbances and for native species restoration supports us and our forests in many ways:

Watershed Health

National Forests are the largest single source of fresh water in the United States, supplying millions in towns and cities with water. Reforestation helps halt soil erosion, and ensure that our forests can filter and supply the water that we all depend on.

Forest Health and Resiliency

Reforestation after disturbances improves forest health. By planting the right species, reforestation helps makes National Forests more resilient to future challenges like climate change and wildfire.

Wildlife Habitat

National Forests provide habitat for an incredible diversity of wildlife. These lands provide habitat for more than 3,000 vertebrate species and innumerable invertebrates. Nearly one third of federally listed threatened and endangered species (more than 400 species) are known to depend upon National Forest habitats.

Air Quality

As trees grow and consume air, they remove harmful pollutants from the air. Reforestation helps re-establish forest cover and improve our “natural air filter.”

Climate Mitigation

U.S. forests offset between 10 to 20 percent of U.S. emissions each year. Reforestation helps sustain and increase the carbon sequestration potential of National Forests, mitigating the effects of global climate change. Forests are also natural air conditioners, providing local cooling effects that help regulate temperatures.

Seed source for the future

Disturbances can sometimes be so severe that they can affect the forests ability to regenerate for decades to come. Planting trees helps establish a seed source to give forests a better shot at quick recovery.


The links between our mental and physical well-being and nature are clear. We’re happier and less stressed when we spend time in nature. By replanting National Forests, we’re helping to make more space for you to find peace of mind.


Tree planting brings us together. Working together with businesses, individuals and our partners at the U.S. Forest Service, we engage more people in caring for National Forests.


National Forests provide endless opportunities to go play. Reforestation helps improve the quality of recreational visits for the estimated 160 million visitors per year.


Our tree planting projects are planted by professional forestry workers. Our projects make sure there is sustained economic opportunity for these professionals, in addition to supporting local economies that rely on forests for recreation-based tourism.

Make a Difference For National Forests

Support tree planting on our National Forests to ensure generations to come can enjoy the benefits of reforestation.