Forest Legacies 2016 Year End Report
What We Accomplished and What’s Needed Next
Forests are the nation’s first line of climate change defense. This is because forests are nature’s “cooling towers,” absorbing vast quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and helping to cool down run away climate change. Forests also are nature’s “water towers,” storing and gradually releasing clean water especially during dry summer months when water is most precious. And, where they are intact (free of roads and logging), forests are a refuge for countless plants and wildlife seeking a safe haven in a changing climate.
Download the full report to learn more about our progress towards
- Protecting millions of acres of older intact forests in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska for their climate, clean water, and wildlife values.
- Protecting a climate refuge in southwest Oregon from destructive mining.
- Promoting responsible wildfire management in fire-dependent forests.