The American Forest Foundation works on the ground with federal and state policymakers to remove barriers and ensure that family forest owners have the resources they need to unlock the potential in their land.
Government actions can play a big part in helping family forest owners sustainably manage their forests and can help guarantee that conservation projects support American rural communities.
That’s why we’ve backed legislation and resources around carbon sequestration, building local partnerships, investments in new and existing forest products, voluntary incentive-based programs, proactive tax policies, balanced regulatory policies and more.
Rural voters care about the environment
A 2020 study from Duke University showed that, contrary to some assumptions, rural Americans care deeply about the environment and that there is a real opportunity to engage rural voters in environmental policy making that affects their communities.
Giving landowners a platform to tell their stories
Our Advocacy Action Center provides landowners with tools and confidence to share their stories directly with state and federal legislators. By engaging in our advocacy campaigns, landowners are empowered to take action on the issues that matter to them, their land and their local community.
The Issues That Matter to Family Forest Owners
Carbon in Family Forests: Building Climate Resilience and Investing in Rural Economies
Forests in the US have been identified as the largest terrestrial carbon sink—offsetting up to 15% of US emissions each year. With ownership of the largest portion of our nation’s forests, family forest owners can play a key role in maintaining and enhancing this carbon sink.
Help Family Forest Owners Reduce Wildfire Risk & Recover from Other Natural Disasters
Helping family forest owners recover after natural disasters will secure the future of America’s forests. Locally, disaster prevention and relief will fortify rural economies, protect at-risk wildlife and safeguard the clean water supply across the country.
February 8, 2022
American Forest Foundation Applauds USDA on Investment in Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry
AFF applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $1 billion investment through the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, which can help to fund programs that will produce real, measurable and verifiable climate benefits.
January 31, 2022
2021 in Review: Policy
The policy world of 2021 was a landscape of unchartered waters for everyone, but the work of family forest owners turned uncertainty into an opportunity with a series of policy wins for conservation efforts across the nation.
January 18, 2022
AFF Applauds the Forest Service for Launching Comprehensive Strategy
The American Forest Foundation today applauded the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Wildfire Crisis Strategy.