One Trillion TreesPerdue said the One Trillion Tree EO signed by the president demonstrates the Trump administration’s commitment and leadership to ensure that American forests are healthy and productive such that they will continue to meet the needs of citizens and communities both today and in the future.
“When I was growing up on my family farm, my father always taught me to appreciate that when it comes to the land, we want to leave it better than we found it," Perdue said. "The President’s Executive Order will do just that—leave it better than we found it and help bolster the 193 million acres of National Forest System lands to promote recreation, enjoyment, and sustainable economic prosperity across broad sectors of the rural economy.”
In addition to the two co-chairs, the EO names 21 other members of the council, from a broad range of government departments and agencies, who are given the task of developing and implementing a strategy for planting and conservation.
ProgressAccording to the Department of the Interior, it was involved in planting more than 58 million trees on federal lands across the country between 2017 and 2019. This figure includes more than 17 million trees planted in the field of mine remediation by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
Furthermore, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all plant trees to help rehabilitate forest lands after wildfires, to restore habitats, and to help conserve tribal lands.
The Department of the Interior says it expects to plant an additional 22 million trees by the end of this year.
According to the EPA, forests across the United States sequester more than 14 percent of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions each year. In addition, millions of Americans rely on forested watersheds to capture and filter their drinking water.