In recent years, the United States government has significantly increased its support for the implementation of Natural Climate Solutions on American natural and working lands. This surge in funding has paved the way for a diverse array of programs aimed at expanding the adoption of these innovative strategies across the nation. Natural Climate Solutions encompass land management approaches designed to harness the power of forests, farms, grasslands, coastal ecosystems, and urban environments to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions or capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These solutions not only address climate change, but they also help restore wildlife habitat, improve water quality, increase the productivity of our farms, create jobs, and protect our communities from storms and floods.
The Farm Bill in particular is a vital opportunity to put out our farmers, ranchers, and foresters at the center of the solution and forge a sustainable and productive future by:
- Providing financial and technical assistance for farmers to adopt climate smart practices that also improve soil health and water quality.
- Helping communities plant and maintain urban trees.
- Preserving America’s forests and grasslands for future generations.
- Preventing catastrophic wildfires and restoring forests impacted by fire.
Additionally, a climate-smart Farm Bill provides a bipartisan path forward to ensuring we meet our climate goals.