A New Era of Climate-Informed Forestry

American Forests’ Resilient Forests program restores forest health across the United States, Canada and Mexico. We focus on helping forests adapt to stressors that climate change is making more severe and more frequent. These include extreme wildfire, deep droughts and outbreaks of pests and disease.

By creating healthy forests, American Forests also helps to combat the climate crisis. Trees capture carbon pollution from the atmosphere and lock it safely away in their wood. The soil captures carbon too. The trees and soil, combined, make forests the most effective nature-based solution to climate change.  

Reforestation is a key way that our Resilient Forests program restores forest health. With 133 million acres of former forest in the U.S. suitable for reforestation, the opportunity is gigantic. American Forests has planted more than 65 million trees in the last 30 years alone. As part of the Trillion Trees movement, we’ve pledged to plant 100 million more trees in large forest landscapes by 2030



Enhance Weather and Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

Enhance silicate weathering (ESW) is a NET approach in with the natural process of (silicate) rock weathering is artificially stimulated. The technique has been recognized as a promising strategy for atmospheric CO2 removal while counteracting ocean acidification. The implementation of ESW requires suitable source rock to be mined, ground to small grains sizes, and subsequently spread over suitable area. The mineral grains dissolve (chemical weathering), through which CO2 is captured from the atmosphere. Olivine (Mg2-xFexSiO4) is an abundant and fast-weathering ultramafic silica mineral and has been advanced as prime candidate mineral for ESW application. The dissolution of olivine in an aqueous environment consumes protons or equally increases alkalinity, and so increases CO2 uptake by the aqueous medium. ESW can be applied in terrestrial soils, in the surface mixed layers of the open ocean, or by spreading minerals onto sediments of the coastal zone and continental shelf. The largest application domain for ESW would be the open ocean, our technology mills the olivine particles with minimum energy to very small sizes to facilitate dissolution in the surface ocean.

Enhanced Weather and Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement Technology


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