The Trillion Trees Act could impact forest and climate resilience globally

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds efforts to bolster forests globally, and new legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives could help get us there while restoring the nation’s vital forests and watersheds.

Congressman Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, authored the Trillion Trees Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill that could solidify the United States as a global leader of the One Trillion Trees Initiative to conserve, restore and plant a trillion trees worldwide. According to information supplied by Westerman’s office, restoring a trillion new trees globally would sequester 205 gigatons of carbon, equivalent to two-thirds of all man-made emissions in the atmosphere today.

“Despite incredible improvements in technology, trees are still the most large-scale, cost-effective and environmentally friendly carbon sequestration devices we have,” Westerman said. “Growing more trees to pull carbon from the atmosphere, scientifically managing our forests to mitigate catastrophic wildfires and incentivizing the use of wood products as renewable resources provides a comprehensive, practical solution to the climate issues we’re facing today.”

The Trillion Trees Act uses a three-pronged approach — regeneration, management and utilization — to grow more wood and store more carbon globally. 

 “The National Wild Turkey Federation supports the ambition of the Trillion Trees Act of 2021 as an important step toward ensuring the future health and biodiversity of the United States and around the globe,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “With many of our nation’s forests in poor condition due to decades of neglect, the growing risk of tree diseases, insects, drought and wildfire increases with each passing season. The Trillion Trees Act of 2021 will help to establish a means to restore forests to a resilient and healthy state and remediate those that have been damaged in catastrophic events of recent years.” 

The bill has over 70 original sponsors, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; House Committee on Agriculture Ranking Member Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.; House Committee on Appropriations Ranking Member Kay Granger, R-Texas; and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Since 2012, this 10-year initiative has already eclipsed goals of conserving or enhancing more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruiting or retaining more than 1.5 million hunters and opening access to more than 500,000 acres for hunting and other recreation opportunities. This critical work will continue to impact wildlife habitat and our great outdoors in the final years of the initiative.