We often think and talk about our forests as if they’re all the same. Our forests - young and old, big and small, public and private, urban and rural - thrive not just alongside each other but because of each other. With more than 800 species of tree spread over a billion forested acres, our forests are as diverse as the millions of people who work in and around them.

This diversity ensures we can meet the challenges we face today and tomorrow. To keep forests as forests, we respect and value them. For all the forests give us, we nurture them in exchange: working together as a sector of responsible stewards, planting and renewing after harvest and using every last part from root to branch to leaf to bark. Always innovating, ensuring thriving markets for wood and wood products, and investing in and supporting vital research and conservation. North American forests are places where business and leisure, innovation and conservation work together, forests where life can truly thrive.

We are committed to making choices that keep forests as forests. Get to know us, the places where we live, work, and play, and how we are shaping the future of North America’s forests.

Get to know North America’s forests from the ground up.

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Fast Facts | Safer Driving

Studies show that trees along streets lead to safer driving. Just another way trees are helping us to reimagine our communities for the better.

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Who is part of the forest community?

Who is part of the forest community? HINT: It’s more people than you think, and probably includes you!

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Fast Facts | Forests + Water

More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest.

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How Forests Make Our Lives Better

Learn more on how forests make our lives better.

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Different Forests, Diverse Outcomes

Go take a walk in the woods this weekend, learn more about the different forests that surround you, who is working in them and looking after their future, and help us make sure we keep forests as forests.

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Defining Our Forests

Forests play a central role in keeping our earth healthy. But what is a forest?