America's woodlands provide clean air, clean water and wood products, as well as recreation and educational opportunities. And because more forests are owned privately than by the federal government, what happens on private forest land should concern all of us.
America's private forests are under siege. According to estimates from the USDA Forest Service, from 2000-2030, more than 57 million acres of private forestland could be affected by development. Millions of acres are threatened by wildfire and pest and pathogens. Add to this an aging ownership, with more than 150 million acres owned by someone 55 years or older, and it all points to a perfect storm brewing on America's forests.
The conservation of America's woodlands is a necessary and urgent priority. That's why the American Forest Foundation dedicates itself to the stewardship of private forests by providing resources for woodland owners, educating the next generation on how to think about environmental issues, and ensuring elected-officials understand the importance of supporting good policies for forests. By conserving America's woodlands, we protect America's future air and water, wildlife, and quality of life.
We're a trusted source for woodland owners across the country. That's why more than 89,000 woodland owners are enrolled in our program, The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) to help sustainably manage 27 million acres of forestland. ATFS is an internationally recognized certification system with strict third-party verification. If you're not ready for certification, we can still help connect you to woodland owners in your state and provide you with information and resources to ensure the sustainability of your woodland for future generations. Sign up for MyLandPlan, our website for woodland owners, to learn more.
Stem the Loss Report [PDF]
If you're concerned with the future of America's woodlands, please consider donating to join us in our mission to work with families, educators, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protection of our nation's forest heritage.