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Hundreds of US Communities are Making Climate Action Plans, but Few Include Forests

Hundreds of communities across the US are developing ambitious climate action plans to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but most overlook a critical piece of the puzzle: trees. Across the US, forests and trees offset 13 percent of national emissions. With improved conservation, restoration and land management, that number could jump to 21 percent. […]

California Made Headlines, but 5 Other US States also Broke Wildfire Records in 2018

The western half of the United States spent much of last year on fire. While forest fires are a natural part of the ecology of the West, 2018 saw some of the most devastating fires in recent history as emergency management teams struggled to rein in blaze after blaze. The state of California suffered the […]

Zooming In: The Real Reasons for Tree Cover Loss and Gain in Minnesota’s Oak Savanna

Cowling Arboretum. Photo by James Anderson for WRI. By James Anderson For me, few landscapes can rival the beauty of the tallgrass prairie and oak savannas of the Upper Midwest. During the summer and fall, waving sheets of big bluestem prairie grass blanket the rolling hills, dotted with tall, yellow-flowered tall compass plants, bushy wild indigo […]

9 Maps that Explain the World’s Forests

By Crystal Davis and David Thau By the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action. Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, chronicling the vital importance of these ecosystems for human society. But most of us still lack timely and reliable information about where, when, and why forests are […]