Forests absorb and store carbon that helps to fight climate change. They sustain diverse ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, intact watersheds, and fertile soils. They offer clean air and water, healthy recreation, and economic benefits to people.
Yet, despite their importance, we have already lost 30 percent of the forests that greeted the first European colonists. Our remaining forests continue to be fragmented and degraded by industrial logging, fracking and mining, expanding road networks, and urban sprawl.
RESTORE is working to hold back further loss of forests, to restore damaged forests to health, and to provide for their permanent protection from exploitation. Our primary focus is the North Woods region, but we are also participating in nationwide forest protection efforts.
Save the Maine Woods
The Maine Woods is the largest expanse of undeveloped forest east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the lands of this unique region is owned by large timber companies, private trusts, and real-estate speculation firms. Some key areas have gained public land designation, but the rest of the region is threatened by intensive logging, industrial exploitation, and real-estate development. RESTORE is fighting against these destructive activities as well seek permanent protection as parks and other public lands.
Save Massachusetts Forests
Massachusetts is one of the most densely populated states. However, many forests once cleared for farmland are growing back. More than 60 percent of the state is covered by maturing forests. Yet, less than 2 percent of these forests have permanent protection, and they are increasingly threatened by logging, pipelines and power lines, utility-scale wind and solar power installations, and real-estate development. RESTORE is at the forefront of efforts to protect state lands from exploitation and prevent efforts to promote more logging and burning of trees for biomass heat.
Save the White Mountain National Forest
The White Mountain National Forest is the largest tract of public land in New England and the largest tract of federal land in the Northeastern United States. However, the U.S. Forest Service is aggressively logging this irreplaceable forested landscape. RESTORE is working with groups and activists to fight this destructive exploitation and to provide permanent protection for our forest.