It’s a lot of money. The alternatives are a lot more expensive.
Western forests, whether in headwaters or the region’s fruitful floodplains, are the key to water security, flood protection, and water quality. But catastrophic wildfires, a rapidly changing climate, over development and poor past management decisions means that these lands are increasingly limited in their ability to provide clean water to millions of people.
Today, leaders around the American West are pioneering innovative ways to restore forests — the source of over 60% of our water. Healthier forests results in healthier water downstream. But we must invest in restoration and protection to fulfill this promise.
We’ve taken a snapshot of four places around the West that have big plans. The price tag is hefty, but are economically responsible investments for long-term water security. As communities around the West take on similar investments, these regions are helping to lead the way.
April 26, 2019