Conserve and steward forests to ensure climate stability, biodiversity, and human well-being
Forests are some of our most valuable natural assets, yet their many services are too often taken for granted: promoting climate stability by sequestering and storing carbon; maintaining a clean water supply; providing critical habitat for wildlife; sustaining biodiversity; offering gorgeous places for recreation; contributing to mental health and well-being; encouraging recreation industries that support rural communities; and supplying key resources like timber, medicines, and fuel.
Human actions and the effects of climate change pose increasing threats to our forests. Agricultural demands are driving deforestation. Fires, droughts, and other disasters damage our precious resources. Yet forests are truly resilience anchors – the healthier a forest is, the better able it will be to withstand climate change. Without thriving forests, our communities are at a greater risk. We're working to address these challenges by shedding light on the true value of forests and identifying innovative funding approaches to support these critical resources.
We Focus On:
Raising Awareness of the Value of Forest Ecosystems
Communities and decision makers are often simply unaware of the full value of forest ecosystems. We work to provide a big picture look at forests and develop an understanding of their multi-dimensional aspects and benefits – from large-scale impacts like influencing climate to the local benefits like recreational opportunities, habitat for key species, and water filtration. Our robust analyses identify and monetize the services that forests offer, demonstrating just how much forests are worth. Equipped with this understanding, decision makers can make the best choices about how and where to invest.
Influencing Mitigation Funding
Floods, fires, and droughts are becoming increasingly common, and the impacts to forests can be devastating. We work to influence funding to promote sustainable management practices that reduce risks, and we also assess damages after they have occurred. With our assessments, communities can better understand and mitigate catastrophic losses from disasters.
Promoting Watershed Protection
Riparian forests play an important role in watershed health and function. We support decision makers by valuing the costs and benefits of innovative funding mechanisms for riparian forest protection.