An effective response to climate change in the United States will require coordinated, collaborative action by federal, state and local governments. The improved management of natural and working lands is a key component of an all-hands-on-deck carbon mitigation strategy.
Organizations across the U.S. are leading efforts that highlight the potential of Natural Climate Solutions. These solutions deliver economic benefits to farmers, ranchers, and forest owners, provide opportunities to marginalized and low-income communities, and protect biodiversity and native ecosystems, all while contributing to climate change mitigation. These successful initiatives are already providing models that, with the right policy and financial support, could be scaled nationwide.
Learn more about how American Farmland Trust helped transform a farm property into one of the most cutting-edge agricultural research and training centers in the United States.
In California, the Pacific Forest Trust’s work in the Van Eck Forest has set a national example for the climate-friendly management of sustainable and productive forests.
Learn about projects being undertaken by various organizations, supported by The Nature Conservancy. The alley cropping initiative by the Savanna Institute is one such fine example of how farms and forests can go hand in hand in providing economic benefits.
The American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy team up to help forest owners manage their land in sustainable and climate-smart ways.
Nature is at the heart of outdoor recreation, so it is natural that the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) supports U.S. Nature4Climate. Learn more about OIA’s efforts to reduce emissions and increase sequestration in natural and working lands.
The Nature Conservancy’s blue carbon initiative is demonstrating how eelgrass can mitigate climate change, improve coastal resilience, and restore habitat on the Virginia shore.
Read about how the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres brings together investors and companies to tackle climate change and other global sustainability challenges.
Protecting carbon rich landscapes is a critical natural climate solution. That’s why The Trust for Public Land and American Forests developed the Forest Carbon Map, a web-based tool that quantifies existing forest carbon stocks across the United States.
Carbon neutrality will require carbon removal, as well as emissions reductions. The CarbonShot report from the World Resources Institute provides a policy roadmap for making the large-scale investments in carbon removal necessary for the United States to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The U.S. Climate Alliance’s Natural & Working Lands Challenge is an ambitious effort to help states tackle climate change by getting the most out of our natural and working lands.
The Concow Resilience Project highlights how forest restoration can make our forests both more resilient and more effective at storing carbon.
Trees in U.S. metropolitan areas and small towns are responsible for almost one-fifth of the carbon that is captured and stored in the U.S. Learn how American Forests’ urban forestry program, Community ReLeaf, takes action to plant and care for city trees where they are needed most – in low-income communities and neighborhoods of color.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) supports climate resilience and mitigation innovation across North America and globally.