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.

  • Many of America’s national forests have suffered extensive tree loss from massive forest fires in recent years.
  • In the aftermath of the fires, often little is left but charred remains, destroyed habitat, and little food for wildlife.
  • Without trees for shelter and food, animals will lose their homes.
  • The US Forest Service currently logs more than 1 million acres that need to be replanted.
  • Everyone can take part in nurturing our forests back to health.

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.

*Designated National Wilderness areas and areas that may regenerate naturally are not included in this backlog.

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Next: The Devastation of Forest Fires


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