Magazine article American Forests

1995 Annual Report

Magazine article American Forests

1995 Annual Report

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AMERICAN FORESTS continued, in 1995, its special role of touching people and influencing policies in ways that are essential for conserving trees and forests. A strategic planning process resulted in the reorganization of programs under the umbrella of three centers: Forest Policy, Urban Forestry, and Global ReLeaf The Forest Policy Center built on our groundbreaking work on ecosystem management and forest health to lay the foundation for a new initiative in community-based forestry with some innovative and dynamic local partnerships.

The "newer" programs of this 120-year-old organization, Global ReLeaf tree planting and urban forestry, have especially sparkled. As the Urban Forestry Center developed a truly innovative high-tech method for mapping and analyzing the value of trees and other features of urban ecosystems, the urban forestry and Global ReLeaf staffs paid attention to the "high-touch" side with a premier national urban and community forest conference and other training and action programs for the growing national community of activists, scientists, and practitioners.

As we build on these successes, we continue to struggle to build the membership and support of contributors that are necessary for an organization with a high-quality magazine like American Forests and for an effective presence in Washington. That is the challenge we are struggling to meet even as we see that our science-based, collaborative approach to fostering conservation action and constructive dialogue on contentious issues is becoming more and more validated as the way to improve the environment and society.

The Global ReLeaf Center

Global ReLeaf transforms the research and policy work of AMERICAN FORESTS Forest Policy and Urban Forest centers into on-the-ground opportunities for people. Since 1988, it has empowered citizens to take positive actions to improve their local environments, especially by making tree planting and care accessible to a wide range of individuals and organizations.

Global ReLeaf Forests-What do an island on the Mississippi River, a sandhill in Florida, and the windward slope of Hawaii's Mauna Kea have in common? All are examples of the 62 Global ReLeaf Forests established since 1990 with the support of private sector donors and our Global ReLeaf partners-a total of 3.7 million trees planted on 6,700 acres of damaged or abused land. In 1995,1.3 million trees were planted on 25 Global ReLeaf Forest sites. (Some multi-year projects have not yet been reported.)

Global ReLeaf Fund-The Global ReLeaf

Fund provides small, cost-share grants to local nonprofit organizations for tree planting and maintenance projects in communities across America, as well as to 21 AMERIcAN FORESTS Global ReLeaf International partners. Since 1989 the Fund has supported 340 projects here and abroad with nearly $3 million in grants. In 1995, Global ReLeaf International expanded its work with nonprofit partners in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine, and formed new partnerships with organizations in Venezuela, the Gambia, and India. The success and visibility of Global ReLeaf International led to the U.S. government's invitation for AMERICAN FOREST to participate in its Country Studies program (see section on Forest Policy Center for details).

Citizen Forestry Support System

A partnership of AMERICAN FORESTS and Los Angeles' TreePeople, the Citizen Forestry Support System (CFSS) strengthens the citizen forestry movement by providing specific and practical resources to create more effective, inclusive, responsible, and informed citizen forestry groups across the nation. During 1995,CFSS conducted workshops on environmental justice and efficiency at the 7th National Urban Forest Conference; provided assessments for the Delaware, Kansas, and Arkansas urban forest councils; launched a quarterly newsletter, Lean & Green; created a series of tipsheets; and provided information and referrals to hundreds of callers to its 800/323-1560 hotline. …

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