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Our forests are the most efficient natural system for pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere. This means that healthy forests are a powerful tool for mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Through our 50 Million for Our Forests campaign, the NFF offers you a proven, immediate and effective solution to fight climate change. For every $2 you donate to the NFF, we will plant 2 trees, and you will help remove 1 Metric ton (Mt) of CO2e from the atmosphere over the life of those trees.
By donating, you are joining the 50 Million for Our Forests campaign and becoming a part of one of the largest national efforts to address climate change.
By being a part of 50 Million for Our Forests, you can be sure that your donation is going to plant the right trees in the right places. We work with forestry experts from the U.S. Forest Service to determine where trees need to be planted to keep a healthy, diverse distribution of trees.
Tree planting is particularly important after severe wildfire. In the months or years following a fire, planting trees is an effective way to bring back healthy forests and the benefits they provide, like clean air, clean water and recreation opportunities. By planting trees on our National Forests, we are lessening the effects of climate change and helping our forests adapt.
Our National Forests are part of an incredible carbon storage system. Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it as carbon in trunks, roots, branches, leaves and even the soil. National Forests make up about one-fifth (22%) of the total U.S. forestland and contain one-fourth (24%) of the amount of carbon stored in forests in the lower 48 states and coastal Alaska.
There are more than 1 million acres of our National Forests in need of reforestation. By planting trees, we are restoring vital forest ecosystems - ecosystems that offer a range of benefits for all Americans. As these trees grow, they will sequester CO2 and mitigate your carbon footprint.
A single tree can sequester a half a Metric ton of CO2e over its 100 year lifetime.
All estimates of carbon are in Metric tons of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e).
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Aaron Olsen, Dave Gardner, Gerard Herbert.