Understand the Impact of Replanting
There is a long list of reasons why it is important to keep America’s forests healthy.
180 million Americans depend of forest watersheds for their drinking water. The natural water filtration trees provide can lower costs associated with drinking water treatment.
Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, improving air quality.
Large populations of wildlife rely on forests for food, cover and water.
Endangered and Threatened Species Habitat
National forests provide habitat for one-third of all federally listed threatened or endangered species.
Trees reduce the effects of erosion caused by water and wind.
Forests reduce floods, minimizing sediment, nitrates and phosphorus runoff into critical waterways.
Areas that were deforested for mining, agriculture, lumber, etc., can be returned to their original forested state.
Trees help improve water quality in streams, rivers and lakes and also protect these waterways from the impact of adjacent land uses. In addition, riparian forests regulate water temperatures for many critical aquatic species.
National forests sequester more than 50 million metric tons of carbon each year. This helps to combat climate change.
Future Seed Source
Large-scale reforestation provides a future seed source in areas of high mortality and severe burn.
Forests sustain revenue-generating recreation and tourism opportunities. In fact, national forests saw an estimated 160 million recreation visits in 2012.
Forest restoration and maintenance means the creation of new jobs as well as the sustainability of existing jobs.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Many and varied types of work are available, from office support to vigorous, outdoor physical labor. Part time, full time, seasonal, and even year-round volunteer positions are available around the country - maybe very close to where you live.
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