Interior Appropriations and Legislation
Subsidies and other financial incentives drive commercial extraction on federal lands. Regrettably, taxpayers bear the cost not only of financing private industry, but also of the enormous damage that results from soil erosion, landslides, water degradation and species extinction. American Lands works through the Congressional Interior Appropriations process to remove perverse incentives and reprioritize agency budgets to shift funds away from commercial extraction and towards much-needed landscape restoration.
Climate and Our Public Forests
Forests are crucially important in our efforts to mitigate climate change. Not only are they significant sequestorers of carbon, older forests may be more resilient to climate change than younger forests for a variety of reasons including their heterogeneous structure and high biodiversity. Our climate change campaign seeks to increase the carbon storage potential of our forests to help assuage climate change, while also protecting habitat, clean air and water, and other important benefits forests provide. Our mission is to protect and restore America's forest ecosystems by providing national leadership, coordination, and capacity building for the forest conservation movement.