NAFO's Earth Day 2011 theme is a Billion Acts of Green, emphasizes importance, public benefits of private forests; 1.6B trees planted each year and 9.6B cubic feet of net growth in U.S. forests
April 21, 2011
– Earth Day 2011's theme is a Billion Acts of Green®, striving to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy before Rio +20. U.S. forests, encompassing three-quarters of a billion acres of land, green our planet in billions of ways each and every year. For instance:
"Our forest environment is already the envy of the world. Now we need to strengthen the markets and support the jobs that help keep our forests intact. Strong markets will help forest owners afford to plant and cultivate trees and prevent them from being forced to sell their forest land for other uses. Today, more than ever, we should work to save our forests by promoting the beneficial use of trees. There are billions of reasons why this is a good idea."
For more information on the public benefits of private forests, from wildlife habitat to clean air and water to renewable forest products we all use every day, please visit www.nafoalliance.org/workingforests or contact Dan Whiting at (202) 747-0746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAFO is an organization of private forest owners committed to advancing federal policies that promote the economic and environmental values of privately-owned forests at the national level. NAFO membership encompasses more than 79 million acres of private forestland in 47 states. Private, working forests in the U.S. support 2.5 million jobs. View NAFO's interactive map to see the economic impact of America's working forests.