Thanks for your interest in helping celebrate forests of the world!
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests (IYOF). The IYOF was a global platform to celebrate people’s actions to sustainably manage the world’s trees and forests. The objectives were to reverse loss of forest cover, enhance economic, social and environmental benefits, increase areas of sustainably managed forests, and to mobilize increased financial resources.
Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the official United States campaign focused on why trees and forests are important to Americans, and why our citizens should care about their upkeep, health and survival.
We spent 365 days celebrating the International Year of Forests, but this is one celebration that never has to end! Trees and forests provide clean air, a renewable natural resource, natural habitats for hundreds of species, and even protected places to enjoy–we literally couldn’t live without them.
There are lots of ways to stay involved with the trees and forests in your area and throughout the United States. You can start by keeping up with some of our International Year of Forests partners who have newsletters, tips, and other resources to help keep trees in your state growing and healthy.