Why Forests?

Forests play a vital role in our lives. They clean the air, filter our water, give homes to wildlife, and provide recreation, jobs and materials for a healthy community and economy.

What You Can Do

What You Can DoIYOF was 365 days of worldwide celebration of some of our most important natural resources, and we invite you to learn about their importance and celebrate in your own way!

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About Our Partners

Special thanks to the many organizations that helped America celebrate the Year of Forests and are dedicated to keeping forests healthy and intact.

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International Year of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests (IYOF). IYOF was a global platform to celebrate people’s actions to sustainably manage the world’s trees and forests. Some objectives were to reverse loss of forest cover and to enhance economic, social and environmental benefits.

The “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” campaign was the official U.S. celebration. Coordinated by the NASF in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. celebration aimed to elevate awareness and understanding of the value of America’s forests and showcase the connections between healthy forests, people, ecosystems and economies.

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See Who Celebrated the Year of Forests


Campaign Highlights

  • The official U.S. celebration of IYOF, “Celebrate Forests. Celebrate Life.” launched on March 1, 2011 in DC.
  • 115 events were held in 34 states and 1 territory.
  • Two states and one town made official IYOF proclamations.
  • First Annual National Walk in the Woods Day was held on May 21, 2011.
  • IYOF Photography Fellow visits 6 states and is documented in Huffington Post and Grist.
  • UNEP and UN Ambassador Don Cheadle creates "Supporting Forests" PSA.

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