Our National Forests Urgently Need Trees
Record wildfire seasons in recent years have destroyed millions of trees in forests around the country. Many areas have burned so severely that replanting is necessary.
Yet much of the U.S. Forest Service budget has been diverted to simply fighting these massive fires, with much less funding left for replanting.
The Forest Service has identified a backlog of more than one million acres* of America’s national forests that need to be replanted. And each year, with every wildfire, storm, or insect epidemic, the backlog steadily increases.
- Historical data shows record wildfires
- Firefighting costs triple; funds are being diverted from non-fire projects (PDF)
- Unified statement from former Chiefs of the Forest Service
- USA TODAY: critical backlog
- The Sacramento Bee: replanting need
- U.S. Forest Service: report excerpt and graph of the need for replanting (PDF)
How You Can Help
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