Extreme Weather

If you feel like extreme weather is making more news than usual in recent years, you'd be right. Due to climate change, extreme weather events like wildfires and hurricanes are lasting longer and becoming more intense. But trees can help turn the tide. Read on for stories about trees protecting communities from tomorrow's natural disasters — and how replanting after disaster can revive entire communities.

The Past is Not Prologue in the American Pacific West

Climate change is making an already dry climate even drier. In the American Pacific West, natural disasters are intensifying and causing more severe damage. Plants and animals incapable of withstanding the now-higher temperatures are being chased out of their homes. The domino effect could make a major impact on humans if we don’t act now.

A climatologist discusses resiliency in America's driest region.

The Fire That Sparked a Movement

In 1988, Yellowstone National Park was engulfed in flames. By the time the blaze was extinguished, nearly a third of its land was scorched. Explore how the work of replanting after this fire laid the foundation for national and international recovery efforts.

Learn how a historic Yellowstone fire informed forest recovery efforts around the world.

Trees as a Force for Equity

As temperatures rise, historically underserved communities are feeling the heat. Explore how communities like Parkwood in Nashville are using trees as a strategy to combat urban heat islands to cool an area otherwise lacking community canopy.

Learn how neighborhood trees can make life better for residents.

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Read how our work comes to life in forests and communities around the world.

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